Construction Trades - Carpentry and Joinery Level 1 Diploma

Awarding body: CSkills
Qualification: Diploma
Course Level: Level 1
Location: The Hub
Duration: 1 year full-time
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Course Description

  • You will gain an understanding of the construction industry
  • You will have an opportunity to apply learning in a practical and realistic way 
  • You will follow a programme of study that enables progression to further courses and employment within the construction industry
  • You will gain confidence by developing independent learning skills
  • You will learn how craft activities are carried out safely and how they contribute to the construction process


The largest proportion of workers within the industry are engaged in craft occupations. All of these require self-motivation, skills in numeracy, communications and problem solving, as well as a broad range of technical skills. Therefore whilst at college you will be expected to undertake one functional skill per year which will help in the preparation into employment.

Course Structure

The course is made up of the following general and occupational specific units.


General Core Units:-


Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction and Associated Industries - Underpinning theoretical 

knowledge based around the Construction Industry.

Knowledge of Technical Information, Quantities and Communication with Others - Underpinning

theoretical knowledge based on the collation of technical information, the vast amounts of quantities and the importance of communicating with others in the Construction Industry.  

Knowledge of Construction Technology - Underpinning theoretical knowledge based on the structure, roles, responsibilities, terms, policies and procedures in the Construction Industry.


Occupational specific Units:-


Produce Woodworking Joints - Underpinning theoretical and practical knowledge regarding the production of drawing rods, cutting list and bench woodworking joints using hand tools.

Maintain and Use Carpentry & Joinery Hand Tools - Underpinning theoretical and practical knowledge regarding how to sharpen, clean, store and use Carpentry & Joinery hand tools.

Prepare and Use Carpentry & Joinery Portable Power Tools - Underpinning theoretical and practical knowledge regarding how to check health and safety before use, use power tools and store power tools


This course also includes tutorials, Functional Skills which includes English and Maths and Personal and Professional Development.

Course Assessment

Students are assessed using practical assignments and online testing of knowledge

Entry Requirements

  • 2 GCSE grade G or above in Maths and English
  • For equivalent qualifications see the Entry Requirements Explained page
  • All applicants must complete an initial assessment in Maths and English and attend an interview.
  • It is also important that you have an interest in this dynamic industry, that you have a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in the sector, a willingness to explore new ideas and the ability to communicate your ideas.

Course Progression Routes

Successful candidates can progress onto the level 2 diploma in the following academic year or alternatively transfer onto an apprenticeship program if an employer is found.

Course Career Prospects

Successful candidates will be in a position to seek employment with suitable construction companies who are willing to offer an apprenticeship which will give the learner the chance to further their skills in the pursuit of becoming a qualified tradesman.


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If you are unsure about your career progression please contact the Careers Team.


Activities such as trips and visits will be arranged, which are beneficial to this course and your learning. These activities are optional and additional fees will be charged to you. Details will be provided at the time of interview.

Course Costs

There are no course fees if you are under 19 years old. However, you may have to pay for textbooks, personal kits, uniforms, trips and personal stationery. You will be informed of these at your interview.

Specific Course Information Contact

Telephone David South on 01302 553 949,  e-mail david.south@don.ac.uk or telephone Academic Administration on 01302 553 663.

For Application and Enrolment Information Contact

Student Services,
Doncaster College,
The Hub,
Chappell Drive,


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