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Construction - Study Programme - Carpentry & Joinery (Site Carpentry) Level 1

Construction, Planning and the Built Environment

Construction, Planning and the Built Environment
Construction, Planning and the Built Environment
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code 59324-1
Qualification Type National Award (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 1
Course type Full Time


Carpenters work on both new build and renovation schemes, on projects ranging from house extensions to city centre commercial development. A carpenter works to build stud partitions, roof trusses; fits doors and windows; fits floorboards and stairs:

This course aims to provide a basic knowledge of site carpentry and to develop and practise the skills for employment and a career in this craft area. 

This is an ideal course for those who are looking to learn on a full-time basis and have identified that they want to enter the construction industry and have a career as a site carpenter. 

Site Carpentry study programmes start with a level 1 certificate or level 1 diploma. Learners progress from this to level 2 either as a full time learner or as part time as an apprentice.


What you will study 

All study programmes cover health, safety, and principles of construction relevant to the trade. They also aim to develop practical skills for this craft. With this you will study:

• Principles of construction
• How to work safely in a construction environment
• How to produce drawings and cutting lists
• How to mark out and cut traditional joints
• How to manufacture/fit windows and doors
• How to manufacture staircases
• How to set up and use a range of hand and power tools

How will it be delivered?

All study programme assessment at level 1 is continuous throughout the academic year.

Theory subjects are assessed through examination.

Practical assessment is continuous throughout the year with a synoptic assessment in the summer term.

At levels 2 and 3 Theory is assessed through an externally set examination set in March and June; with practical skills assessed through an externally set synoptic assessment completed in May.

Entry requirements

All learners will be required to complete a BKSB assessment.

Level 1

3 GCSEs 9-2

Level 2

5 GCSEs 9-4


GCSE English and maths Grades 9-3 and the Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery

Level 3

GCSE English and maths grades 9-4 and the Level 2 Technical Certificate in Site Carpentry

Your next steps...

Further study 

On completion, you can progress as a full-time learner to the Level 2 or Level 3 in Site Carpentry.

Alternatively, if you have gained employment in the sector you may return as an apprentice on a day release basis to achieve the Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard, progressing to Level 3Apprenticeship Standard.

On completion of the Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma, you can progress to our Higher Education provision for Construction or to an Access to HE courses for Construction.

Career Opportunities

A qualified site carpenter can earn from £18000 per year and experience has the potential to earn over £35000.


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