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Carpentry and joinery for 16-19 year olds Brighton MET

Study carpentry and joinery at Brighton MET

The UK construction industry is constantly changing and developing the way in which it meets the challenges of creating the built environment - and that’s where it needs you!

Employers and the government require young people who can develop the skills required to design, create and build homes, schools, libraries and hospitals for future generations.
You will join Brighton MET studying for the CAA Diploma Level 1 and then move in years 2 and 3 onto the NVQ Level 2 and NVQ Level 3. After the first year you can decide if you want to qualify specialising in Site Carpentry or Bench Joinery.
The skills you will develop on our courses, depending on if you take the site carpentry or bench joinery route, include knowledge of quantities and construction technology, carrying out first and second fixing, structural carcassing, maintenance, the principles of CAD and the operation of wood working machinery.

Our specialist facilities at the brand new Brighton MET Construction and Trades Centre are exceptional. We have life-size, realistic training environments, such as a scaffolding rigs, workshops and large working areas, all purpose built to recreate real-life working environments.

Our team all have vast industry experience, which has maintained our high standards, excellent pass rates and allowed us to produce graduates who bring a high-level of technical skill and confidence into the industry.

If you want to find out more about studying a trade at the MET, you can download our guide to construction and trades courses here.



Available courses

  • Carpentry and Joinery - Level 1 Diploma

    This course is the perfect starting point for a career in carpentry and joinery, and will help you onto further study.

    • Course type: 16+ college (full-time)
    • Duration: 1 Year
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  • Carpentry and Joinery - Level 2 Diploma (Bench Joinery)

    This course will give you the skills that employers are looking for in the construction industry as well as equipping you for further study.

    • Course type: 16+ college (full-time)
    • Duration: 1 Year
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  • Carpentry and Joinery - Level 2 Diploma (Site Carpentry)

    This course will give you skills that employers are looking for in the construction industry as well as equipping you for further study.

    • Course type: 16+ college (full-time)
    • Duration: 1 Year
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  • Carpentry and Joinery - Level 3 Diploma (Bench Joinery)

    This course will further develop your carpentry skills and prepare you for employment in the carpentry industry or further study.

    • Course type: 16+ college (full-time)
    • Duration: 1 Year
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  • Carpentry and Joinery Advanced Apprenticeship | City & Guilds NVQ Diploma Level 3

    An advanced carpenter and joiner is able to undertake complex job tasks, requiring high levels of practical skills and knowledge, in addition to managing their own work and leading small teams.

    • Course type: Apprenticeships
    • Duration: 2 Years
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  • Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship | City & Guilds NVQ Level 2

    The role of a carpenter or joiner involves carrying out skilled work, primarily using timber products, either on a construction site, or in a workshop, creating and installing building components.

    • Course type: Apprenticeships
    • Duration: 2 Years
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  • Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship

    This training is aimed at apprentices aged 16 and above who work or want to work in the construction industry and specialise in the area of painting and decorating.

    • Course type: Apprenticeships
    • Duration: 1 Year
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  • Wood Occupations (Carpentry) - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship

    The Level 2 is ideal if you have some knowledge and basic skills working with wood - probably from a role where you work under supervision. You want recognition for your skills, giving you the chance to take on more responsibility.

    • Course type: Apprenticeships
    • Duration: 2 Years
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Why choose Brighton MET?

At Brighton MET we offer a variety of full-time courses for 16-19 year olds across two campuses. We teach technical and professional skills and provide practical industry-focused experience. This is a great way to study and equips you with the key skills needed to progress into employment or to go on to study at University.

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