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This course is eligible for a fee waiver

You may be entitled to a fee waiver for this course if you are aged 19 or over and unemployed / earning less than £17,004.00 per year.

Mode of study Part-time
Duration Please ring for details
Campus London Road Campus
Start date 28 September 2020
Tuition Fee £410
Exam/Reg Fee £138
Material Fee £90
Course code PLR1CJD001 (2021)
Runs on Monday
  • Who is it for?

    This course is designed to provide a technical foundation on which to build a career in the construction industry. You will be provided with specific knowledge and technical skills in site carpentry and bench joinery. The course is ideal for students who aspire to work as a carpenter, bench joiner, cabinet maker, shop fitter, kitchen fitter or other associated trades. Progression from the course would be onto a Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry/Bench Joinery or onto an Apprenticeship in Site Carpentry/Bench Joinery with a suitable employer.

  • Entry Requirements

    You will need to complete an Initial Assessment prior to acceptance. You must be working at Level 1 or above in maths and English, demonstrate commitment and motivation and be willing to study theoretical and practical components of the course. Students will be required to take the CITB assessment paper to evaluate their ability to read and understand construction drawings.

  • What does the course involve?

    Vocational units (all units are mandatory):

    • Principles of Building Construction, Information and Communication
    • Produce basic woodworking joints
    • Maintain and use carpentry and joinery hand tools
    • Prepare and use carpentry and joinery portable power tools
    • Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction.
  • How is the course assessed?

    Your work is continually assessed throughout the course with each unit having a practical and theoretical assessment task. The Principles of Construction and Health and Safety unit are assessed via an on-line exam.

  • How much does it cost?

    You will be expected to provide your own overalls, safety shoes and contribute to the cost of any additional enrichment activities.

  • Additional Notes

    All students must attend maths and English and depending on prior achievements and initial assessments will either take GCSE or Functional Skills.

  • Other details

    Functional Skills Level 1 - English; Functional Skills Level 1 - Maths; Functional Skills Level 1 - ICT; Employment Rights and Responsibilities.

  • What do I do next?

    If you meet the entry requirements for this course, please use the Register my Interest or Apply Now buttons or contact Course Advice on 01743 342333 to organise enrolment. If you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Advice Events, ring Course Advice on 01743 342 333, use our Live Chat facility or email:

    Fees stated are for enrolment for the current academic year only. Courses which run for 2 or 3 years will be subject to further fees and possible price increases each year.