What opportunities will this course give me?
This largely practical programme is for individuals who have a genuine interest in carpentry or joinery and wish to gain employment in the industry.
Progression after the programme could be onto Level 2 Carpentry, Advanced Construction Award or employment in the industry; or an Apprenticeship.
During the first year of the programme students will work towards Level 1 Carpentry and Joinery. Upon successful completion, you will be able to study at Level 2.
Both of these qualifications have been developed to recognise certain skills and knowledge which are necessary to work in a particular occupation, but which do not cover the full range of competence demanded by NVQs. After completing the programme and demonstrating competence on site, you may wish to develop your skills further and work towards higher NVQs/ Diplomas in carpentry or joinery.
What will I be learning?
What does this programme involve?
Level 1 Site Carpentry is made up of units:
• Carry out safe working practices
• Information, quantities and communication with others
• Building methods and construction technology
• Basic woodworking joints
• Maintaining and using hand and portable power tools
Progressing onto Level 2 will reinforce your knowledge and you will complete the following units:-
• *Health, safety and welfare in construction and associated industries
• Understanding information, quantities and communication with others
• Understanding construction technology
• Carry out first and second fixing operations
• Structural carcassing
• Maintenance to non-structural carcassing operations
• *Prepare and use portable power tools
*Level 1 exemption
Why is this course for me?
This is essentially a practical programme, although there are written assignments linked to the practical work and a phase test. There is also an externally set examination and internal practical assessments.
The programme will be assessed continually through practical tasks and the completion of a log book of workshop based activities. Your theoretical work will be assessed by completion of a number of work related portfolios.
What do I need to sign up?
You will need 5 GCSEs at Grade 9-3 including English Language and mathematics. In Carpentry, all learners begin at L1, this is to develop essential technical skills and knowledge needed to progress onto Level 2.
All learners without a GCSE at grade A*-C or 9-4 in English or Maths will be required, as a condition of the programme, to undertake either a GCSE or Functional Skills programme. Therefore, if you enter a programme with a Grade 3 in English or Maths, you will be required to take English or Maths as well.
You may be asked to undertake a numeracy or literacy test such as BKSB.
You will require an interview with subject specialist staff to ensure you have a good understanding of the course you are applying for. Attendance and attainment reports from previous education will also be required.
Adult learners may apply for any of our full time and apprenticeship programmes and your vocational experience will also be taken into consideration alongside existing qualifications.
The programme is fully funded for learners aged 16-18. Fees may apply for 19+.
On completion of Level 1, you will be interviewed to check suitability of progression to Level 2. Your attendance and behaviour will also be a deciding factor towards your progression as well as demonstrating that you have upheld the college values.
Is there anything else I need to know?
You will need to purchase steel toe-capped shoes and overalls for this programme.
All learners enrolled on a full-time study programme are expected to attend a compulsory work or industry placement during their course. The number of hours of placement will vary from 35 hours through to 750 hours, this variance is due to the differing types of assessment on each course.
Learners should be aware that this is compulsory part of their study programme and work / industry placements will take place during the college week.
For learners aged 19+ the price is upon application only, and after receiving information, advice & guidance.
Please note that all courses are subject to minimum numbers and course descriptions may be subject to change. A place on your chosen course is not confirmed until all of the necessary enrolment paperwork is signed and any relevant fees are paid. The team will be in touch to discuss this with you, once your application has been processed.
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