Joinery - Level 1

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This course is designed to provide focused skills in Joinery at City and Guilds Level 1 with industry-recognised qualifications and certificates that will assist in the pursuit of a Construction Apprenticeship or another similar, lifelong meaningful career. This course is specifically designed to meet the requirements of students who are not yet prepared for the City and Guilds Level 2 course or have little industry background.


This is a highly sought-after course and is seen as a progression from the Pre-apprentice suite of courses at level 1. Direct applications can also be made.

Direct applicants who are not a current student must be 18 years old by the end of September 2024 to commence this course and have at least one of the following.

 National 5 qualification:

  • Design & Manufacture
  • Graphic Communication
  • Practical Metalworking
  • Practical Woodworking


  • Level 1 City and Guilds (Pre-Apprentice suite) Construction.


  • 2 years proven industry or relevant employment history.

There is no age restriction for progressing Students from current City and Guilds or Foundation Apprentice (Schools) groups because of the safety training already established. Current Students are advised to consult their lecturer at the time of application to discuss.

Candidate’s specific course suitability will be decided through a thorough interview process, which may include an aptitude assessment. Preference will be given to those who can display a genuine desire to work in the construction industry.


Principle trade area covered include:

  •  Bench Joinery including safe use and maintenance of wood working hand tools and machinery.

Qualifications, Certificates and Experiences

  • Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery
  • Level 1 Award in Construction Skills (Carpentry and Joinery)


Working patterns

The course is mostly practical based - workshop and project areas. Students will be expected to engage with and complete mandatory theory elements. Students may be expected to engage with blended learning off campus

Work Placement

Engagement with employers through visits and work placements may be available for students who excel and show a genuine desire to enter the industry.