Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Carpentry & Joinery - Level 1 Award/Certificate

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Course Code: FE0262-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Broadwater Campus Start Date: September 2019 Qualification: City & Guilds Certificate in Construction Skills (Carpentry & Joinery) Level 1 Awarding Body: City & Guilds

This fun and exciting course will give you the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for.

Through project work, assignments and site visits, our industry-experienced teachers will help  you develop confidence, as well as skills such as customer service and an understanding of the construction industry, including environmental issues.

Entry requirements

To enter this course, you need at least 2 GCSEs at grade 1 or above, preferably including English and maths.

Entry requirements

Course content

  • Health and safety
  • Mortise and tenon joints
  • Bridle joints
  • Haunched mortise and tenon joints

Why this course at the MET?

  • Newly refurbished workshops
  • Facilities simulate the real workplace
  • Professional tools and machinery
  • Industry-experienced staff
  • High tech classrooms
  • Excellent links with employers


Starting with the basics, students develop the skills required in order to complete assessed pieces throughout the year.

There may be the opportunity for those who complete the training on time to design and make a small item before starting their assessment. Assignments are set to prepare students for multiple choice theory exams, which will be spread out over the year.


Further study

After Level 1, you can progress to Level 2, either full-time or as an apprentice

Future careers

  • SIte carpenter
  • Apprentice
  • Self-employed builder
  • Residential/domestic carpenter
  • Commercial premises carpenter
  • Foreman
Further study

Potential Careers

Carpenter or joiner

Typical Tasks:

  • Examines drawings and specifications to determine job requirements.
  • Selects and measures appropriate wood and cuts, shapes and drills to specification using saws, planes, chisels and other power or hand tools.
  • Aligns and fixes prepared wood pieces by screwing, nailing, gluing and dowelling to form frames, shop fronts, counter units, decking, theatrical sets, furniture, small wooden craft, scale models and wooden templates.
  • Checks accuracy of work with square, rule and spirit level.
  • Maintains and repairs woodwork and fittings.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 4.5% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.

ENTRY £16,049

AVERAGE £23,303


Desired Skills:
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Active Listening
  • Science
  • Writing
  • Reading Comprehension
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