Carpentry and Joinery | City & Guilds Certificate in Construction Skills Level 1

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Course Code: FE0739-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: East Brighton Campus Start Date: September 2020 Qualification: City & Guilds Certificate in Construction Skills Level 1 Awarding Body: City & Guilds

Why this course?

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This qualification is for candidates wishing to gain an understanding of and some practical experience of the variety of trades in the Construction industry.

Studying carpentry and joinery at Brighton MET is fun, exciting and will give you the skills, confidence and underpinning knowledge to progress on to one of our higher level courses.

This vocational course is the perfect starting point for a career in carpentry and joinery. You will gain an understanding of construction in a wider context and learn the vital skills needed to become a carpenter or joiner.

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 teachers aim to provide a fun and exciting course that will give you the confidence and knowledge to succeed as a carpenter or joiner, as well as an understanding of the construction sector.

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Entry requirements

For Level 1 you are required to have at least two GCSEs at grade 2 or above, preferably including English and maths, although you will be able to complete English and maths alongside your course if necessary.

Level 1 and Level 2 are both 1 year courses.

Entry requirements

Course Units

This course includes the core units of building principles and health & safety, followed by carpentry & joinery units.

There will be an emphasis on practical activities, including practical project work in the local community, backed up with some theory work.

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 .
  • Cafés with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks .
  • A travel agency and a hair and beauty salon, both open to the public.
  • Assessment

    Multiple choice exams, written and online and practical exams.

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 2 course you will be able to progress on to further study, start an apprenticeship or seek employment.

Future careers

  • 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

Open events

Register for our virtual open events to find out more about studying at the MET and hear from our teaching staff.


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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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