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Carpentry & Joinery City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma

This course is ideal for people interested in a career as a trade's person working in the construction industry. This course is ideal for developing skills in Carpentry and Joinery. This is a practical and theory based course which consists of you working through a number of technical and practical units.


16-18 Year Old Study Programme.

This is a practical and theory based course which consists of you working through a number of trade specific Carpentry and Joinery units as well as studying Maths and English whilst on this course. Maths & English will be delivered at a level appropriate to your prior qualifications and initial assessment. In addition to this, we will prepare you for employment and ensure you take part in meaningful work experience.

If you have a GCSE Grade C or above in Maths and English, you will be in workshops and classes studying at a higher level to enhance your Maths and English Skills. If you have a GCSE Grade D then you will be studying for a GCSE with an expectation to achieve a Grade C or above. If you have a lower grade, or no GCSE, you will study the most appropriate level of Functional Skills qualification.

19+ Year Old Programme.

This is a practical and theory based course which consists of you working through a number of trade specific Carpentry and Joinery units only. Maths and English are not an integral part of your course.

The Carpentry and Joinery City and Guilds Level 1 Diploma will need you to complete specific units and topics. You will work towards the following units to make up the full qualification:

  • Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction
  • Principles of Building Construction, Information and Communication
  • Produce Woodworking Joints
  • Prepare and Use Carpentry and Joinery Portable Power Tools
  • Maintain and Use Carpentry and Joinery Power Tools

Each unit will include an externally set assessment to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the unit.


Teaching is delivered in two distinct formats. Workshop tuition supported by a workshop technician and technical lectures incorporating group work, self directed study and IT.

Course Leader profile

Allan Stephenson

After leaving school, Senior lecturer, Allan Stephenson attended Cleveland Technical College, Redcar studying Carpentry and Joinery, whilst at the same time completing his 3 year apprenticeship working for a house building construction firm called Westfield Estates. In this time Allan gained recognition as an Associate member of the Institute of Carpenters (AIoC). Allan gained further experience in bench joinery, woodwork machining, civil construction and maintenance joinery before gaining his FE teaching qualifications at Huddersfield University. He joined Calderdale College in 1983 where he has taught for the last 30 years. Allan has taught both the Bench Joinery and Site Carpentry courses for both full time learners and for the day release apprentices.

Entry Requirements

We want to make sure you are going to enrol on the right course so, to help us, we assess your ability and ask you to complete an aptitude assessment based on the carpentry and joinery industry. Through this assessment we can also gauge your current level of maths and English. The main purpose of the assessment is to help us plan your development and support you in choosing the right level of study. After the assessment we will invite you in to speak to one of the tutors so that you have a chance to ask all the questions the you might have and to give you a clear plan of what you need to do.

Interview Process

Interview with a specialist tutor. Candidates are required to show enthusiasm and commitment to the course

Questions & Answers

How is the course assessed?

Continuous assessment throughout the course based on: Practical Observation, Portfolio of Evidence, Written Assessment and Online Exams.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

All successful students may have the opportunity to progress onto the next Level in the same area. Employment opportunities can include an apprenticeship in your chosen trade area.


Before Enrolment

The Advice & Guidance team provide impartial Student Advisors to give information about College Courses and provide initial guidance to help you decide which course is best for you . Financial advice and assistance if you need help with childcare, equipment, fees, or travel. Careers and Student Advisors to give you the necessary help and guidance you need when you are progressing on to further and higher education or employment.

During Your Study

To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

Home Educated Young People

Young people aged 14-16 who are home educated can now access college courses free of charge to enhance their education. If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunities available please contact the School Liaison Team on 01422 399332.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: January 2018 (Certificate); September 2018 (Diploma)
  • Hours per week: 16
  • Days: Monday to Friday
  • Start Time: 9.00am
  • End Time: 4.30pm
  • Duration: 36 weeks (Diploma) or 18 weeks (for the Certificat
  • Course Fees: This course is free for students age 16 - 18. For students 19+ please contact our Student Services Team In most cases students aged 18 and under who wish to enrol on a further education course will have their fees waived. Students who are aged 19 and over and who wish to enrol on a course should contact our Student Services Team on 01422-399367 for more information.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: Construction & Technology
  • Department Manager: Andrew Barnes


  • Level: Level 1
  • Qualification Name: City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery
  • Awarding Body: City & Guilds

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