Carpentry & Joinery | Level 1

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

Why this course?

Studying carpentry and joinery at Brighton MET is fun, exciting and will leave you with the skills, confidence and underpinning knowledge of construction in a wider context, as well as introducing the vital basics of carpentry and joinery. You will learn key practical skills in producing woodworking joints, maintaining and using hand tools, and preparing and using portable power tools. 

  • Study at our purpose-built Construction and Trades Centre
  • Workshop facilities mirror real industry practice, using industry-standard tools
  • Opportunities for work experience
  • These courses will give you the skills that employers are looking for in the construction industry, as well as equipping you for further study

Start dates

September 2023 Apply

Entry requirements

To enter this course, you will need evidence of secondary education and a satisfactory six week review.

If you do not have the required entry grades for this course you may be interested in an Inclusion Pathfinders course.

Entry requirements

Course content

Topics studied on this course include:
  • 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 real workplaces
  • 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 include:

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

Course fees and finance

Course fees

This course is free (you do not have to pay fees) if:

  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status.
  • AND you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you are studying. 

Unemployed/Benefit Waiver and Level 2 Entitlement

This course is also free if you meet the following criteria:

  • You may not have to pay any fees if you will be aged 19 or over when you begin this course and:
  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status. 


  • You are in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • OR you are receiving a means tested benefit, earning less than £617 per month (take home) if you are a sole claimant or £988 a month if you have a joint claim with your partner, and are completing the course to improve your employability
  • OR if you are working and earn less than £20,319 annual gross salary
  • You will need to provide evidence and sign a declaration when you enrol.

Subsidised fees

If the above does not apply to you, you may still be eligible for a subsidised fee. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704

Course fees and finance

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

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