Master the art of creating woodworking joints and hone your valuable craft with this hands-on, practical-based course. Building on the skills you developed at Level 2, this course will prepare you for a career as a carpenter or joiner, and will give you a clear understanding of what skills are required to make a good tradesman. You will learn a whole host of skills to help you to construct, install and repair wooden structures and fittings, including doors and windows.
This course is ideal if you have a passion for woodwork, and are looking to progress within the construction industry as a carpenter or joiner. You will gain an industry recognised qualification from City & Guilds, learning advanced techniques in our fully kitted-out workshop complete with a wide range of tools and equipment providing you with the vital experience you need to begin your career.
Over the duration of this course, you will be taught a wide range of fundamental topics from our team of tutors who are all experienced carpenters and joiners with years of experience, who know the trade inside out. You will develop your skills and knowledge of this popular trade by practising first fix to roofing and stairs, you'll also look at second fix to double doors and mouldings, how to set up and use fixed transportable machinery, as well as learning the principles of organising, planning and pricing up construction work. All of this is delivered in our state of the art carpentry and joinery workshop with all the necessary tools and equipment in line with industry standards, to keep you up to date with the latest techniques. You will be assessed through a range of methods including practical assessments, job-related tests and online computer-based exams.
After successfully completing this course, you will have the skills and knowledge to progress into employment as a highly skilled carpenter or joiner, or you could look to pursue a higher level of study such as a HNC at university. The construction industry is thriving and with hard work and relevance experience, you could soon be working in that practical role you've always dreamed of. Whether you decide to eventually work on a construction site, in a workshop or even start your own business, there will be plenty of opportunities waiting for you.
This course benefits from excellent employer links with a number of local and national companies including Vinci Construction, David Wilson Homes, Persimmon Homes, Taylor Wimpey and Cruden Construction. We invite them into the college to deliver fascinating guest lectures and demonstrations of new technology and equipment so that you can stay up-to-date and ahead of the game for when you want to begin your career.
You will be allocated a Progress Coach who will provide you with support to help you succeed on your study programme and onto your chosen career or progression path. We also have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if it is required and a welfare team that are on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.
Studying Carpentry and Joinery with us will enable you to work towards a successful career in the construction industry whether it's with global companies, or through self-employed routes. Our expert tutors will teach you all aspects of the trade and prepare you to enter the industry as a skilled carpenter or joiner. You will also get lots of opportunities to compete in external competitions too. Each year our students bring home a host of medals from the National Skillbuild Competition, which is the biggest multi-trade competition in the UK for trainees.
There may be some additional costs associated with this course, as you will be expected to purchase your own safety footwear, college polo shirt and work trousers, which are all a mandatory requirement for all our construction courses. There may also be some additional expenditure associated with trips and visits.
You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and/or maths, or you will have needed to have successfully completed a Level 2 course. If you have not already achieved a grade 4 in your either your GCSE English or maths and you wish to study at Level 3, you will be required to work towards GCSE English and maths as part of your qualification.
Irrespective of your GCSE results, most students will start at level 1 and learn basic skills before progressing through the levels.