Carpentry and Joinery | City & Guilds Diploma Level 1 | Brighton MET

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Course Code: FE0098-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: East Brighton Campus Qualification: City & Guilds Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery Level 1 Awarding Body: City & Guilds

Why this course?

Carpentry student

Studying Carpentry and Joinery at Brighton MET is fun, exciting and will leave you with the skills, confidence and underpinning knowledge to progress on to one of our Level 2 courses. This vocational course is will give you an understanding of construction in a wider context, as well as introducing the basics of carpentry.

You will learn key practical skills in producing woodworking joints, maintaining and using hand tools and preparing and using portable power tools.

Our newly built construction centre provides industry-standard facilities where you can learn the vital skills that employers are looking for in the construction industry.

Our industry expert tutors will help you achieve the confidence and knowledge to succeed as a carpenter or joiner, as well as an understanding of the construction sector.

Start dates

September 2020 Apply

Open events

Come along to one our open events to find out more about studying at the MET. You will be able to tour our facilities, meet our tutors, watch demonstrations and speak to current students.

These events take place in October and November from 5-7pm.

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to EU residents who 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.

You can also apply for as many colleges and courses as you wish - so keep your options open!

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Entry requirements

To start at Level 1 you should have at least At least two GCSEs at grade 2 (F) or above, preferably including English and maths.

If you do not have these grades, you can start on our Construction Foundation course and then progress to this level. Contact us if you are unsure which Level to apply for.

Entry requirements

Course Units

  • Health and safety in construction trades 
  • Working and communicating effectively in construction trades
  • Constructing woodworking joints
  • Fitting architrave and skirting
  • Fitting ironmongery to an internal door 
  • English and Maths are taught alongside your trade qualification

Why the MET?

  • State-of-the-art purpose-built Construction and Trades Centre at the MET's East Campus.
  • Workshop facilities mirror industry practice, using industry standard tools.
  • Taught by industry experienced teachers, who have years of collective knowledge and experience between them.
  • Benefit from practical project work in the local community.
  • Extensive online learning provision.


  • Our new purpose-built construction centre will give you a unique training facility simulating a realistic environment.
  • Workshops are equipped with the full range of industry standard tools and machinery.
  • Industry-experienced teachers and project work with the local community.
  • Online access to resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment.
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support.

Work experience

Our Carpentry and Joinery department is well known in Brighton and the South East. We work closely with local businesses and maintain relationships with a wide range of employers.

You will have the opportunity to undertake a minimum of 30 hours work experience, which will provide knowledge and experience of the work place prior to entering employment.

Brighton MET is keen to offer our students work experience placements, particularly with the increasing importance for students to complete placements as part of their study programmes across all industry areas.

This is an exciting opportunity for employers and students alike and gives both businesses and students the chance to gain something valuable with long-term benefits.

What's next?

Upon successful completion of this Level 1 course you will be able to progress on to one of the following courses: 

  • Level 2 Diploma in Bench Joinery
  • Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Architectural Joinery

Future careers

If you choose to stay with us for the whole of our carpentry and joinery programme at Brighton MET, then there is a wealth of career paths that you could take. Here are a few examples:

  • Residential or domestic carpenters: specialise in new builds; renovation extensions and loft conversions.
  • Commercial carpenters: build and remodel commercial and public buildings such as offices, hospitals and shopping malls.
  • Industrial carpenters: work on civil engineering projects and in industrial settings; create and set forms for pouring concrete; build tunnel bracing; partitions and concrete forms for tunnels; bridges; dams; power plants or sewers.
  • Bench joiners: work in static workshops; create jointed pieces of carpentry; paying close attention to detail and following technical drawings and plans.

Kit requirements

You are required to buy steel toe capped boots - this is a requirement for entry into the workshop area. 

You will also need a lever arch folder, pens, pencils and a geometry set.

Some financial help may be available on a means tested basis through our bursary team.

Kit requirements
  • student Views Harri Loughlin Level 1 Carpentry & Joinery
    The course has been really really good and I’ve learned loads.
  • student Views Caius Scott-Hughes Level 2 Site Carpentry
    I’ve really enjoyed my course, I’m learning new skills all the time
  • student Views Jordan Thomas Level 2 Bench Joinery
    I have really enjoyed being a part of the carpentry Department. The tutors and other members of staff have been very supportive.
  • alumni Views Jaz Alden Bench Joinery L2
    The support I got from the carpentry team was outstanding.
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