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Carpentry and Joinery Level 1 Diploma

Course Overview

This Carpentry and Joinery Level 1 Diploma course is for you if you are new to construction. This programme is run in a realistic training environment, where learners can demonstrate their individual strengths through the fabrication of a series of woodworking joints, learning the essential skills necessary to succeed in a competitive workplace. Our programme offers the chance for learners to compete in regional and national woodworking competitions as well as achieving the Health & Safety certificate required to work on a construction site.


This course is based at our state-of-the-art Construction Skills Centre at our Somer Valley Campus.

What topics are covered?

Course units include:

  • Health, safety and welfare in construction and associated industries
  • Knowledge of technical information, quantities and communication with others
  • Knowledge of construction technology
  • Produce woodworking joints
  • Maintain and use carpentry and joinery hand tools
  • Prepare and use carpentry and joinery portable power tools


As a full-time student at Bath College, you will follow a study programme consisting of a vocational diploma, maths and English, employability skills, volunteering and tutorial. Please visit our Study Programmes page for details.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is most suited for people aged 16-18 and may also meet the needs of mature students up to 25 years.

What are the entry requirements?

Must have completed secondary education with at least two GCSE subjects, preferably in maths and English.

What qualifications will I gain?

Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery

Who is the awarding body?

City and Guilds

How will I learn?

There will be practical workshop sessions and computer based/classroom theory sessions

What hours will I be in college?

2 or 2.5 days per week

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through workshop-based practical assessments and multiple choice end-of-unit knowledge tests.

What can I do after this course?

On completion of this course, you can progress onto either the Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry or the Level 2 Diploma in Bench Joinery.

Are there any additional costs?

Resources fee, safety boots, basic stationery kit

What funding is available?

For funding information, please refer to our Funding page.

What facilities are available?

Bath College’s Construction Skills Centre is a dedicated facility for construction craft in wood occupations, with workshops that are well-equipped with a range of carpentry tools. Well-appointed classrooms and computer facilities enhance the workshops and provide a link between the practical and the knowledge-based aspects of the course.

Which department is this course in?


Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in Wellow Building at Somer Valley Campus or the Construction Skills Centre, depending upon where you have chosen to do this course.

What do I need to bring?

Safety boots, tape measure, 2h pencils, pens and folder

What else do I need to know?

This course is most suited for people aged 16-18 and may also meet the needs of mature students up to 25 years.

Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more details please telephone 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk. You may also visit our Student Advice Centre.

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please contact Additional Learning Support to arrange additional help.

How do I apply?

Online: Click the "Apply" button and fill out an online application form.

By post: download the Full-Time Application Form and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.

In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

To find out more about the application process, please go to the How to Apply page.


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