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City & Guilds Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery (Beginner) - Level 1


This course is ideal for those who wish to work as a carpenter or joiner in the construction sector. It allows you the opportunity to progress onto the Level 2 Technical Certificate in either Architectural Joinery or Site Joinery and to move on to future employment within the industry.

Carpentry and joinery is one of the traditional trades both in the UK and around the world. Those deciding to study carpentry and joinery will learn a variety of skills to enable them to produce basic woodworking joints and safely use various hand and power tools. This qualification is aimed at those wishing to learn the basic skills of carpentry and joinery in order to progress and become skilled in their chosen trade and / or to progress onto an apprenticeship working towards becoming a master craftsman.

Students will participate in wider learner activities as well as work placements. They will also have the opportunity to enter competitions and interact with guest speakers. Each of these opportunities are designed to allow students to showcase their developing skills, improve interpersonal skills and gain valuable insight into the construction sector.

Start dates and fees

Start DateCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20221922A1264FREE£500.00** EApply

E You may be eligible for fee exemption depending on your circumstances. Please see our fees for adult learners page for more information.

What will I study?

  • Safety using a various hand and power tools
  • Architectural joinery
  • Site joinery
  • Basic woodworking joints
  • Health, safety and welfare
  • English language and maths.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of GCSE at grade 2 in English language or maths.
  • Or, an Entry Level Diploma in Construction Skills.
  • If you have trade experience, a basic aptitude test will be required.

If you are a young person who is not currently studying a traditional GCSE programme, we will consider alternative qualifications such as functional skills and vocational qualifications.

Please contact our admissions team for further information -

Applicants aged over 19:

  • If you do not have the entry requirements listed above you may still be accepted to study if you can provide relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject.

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

As an entry requirement on some of our courses, you will need a GCSE in both English and maths with at least a grade 4/C (please see entry requirements above).

If this isn’t displayed under the entry requirements and you don’t currently have a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4/C or above before joining us, you will then study English and maths as part of your programme with the aim of achieving a qualification with at least a grade 4/C. This is to help improve your chances of employment once you leave us.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

  1 year.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be carried out in both the classroom (theory based units) via written assessments/presentations and the workshop (practical based units) via synoptic assessments of practical work using suitable industry standard tools and materials.


How do I apply?

Apply online

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