Carpentry and Joinery Level 1 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date /

This one year study programme starts in September

Entry requirements

Three GCSEs at grade 2 or above including English or successful interview with an initial assessment in English and maths at Entry Level 3 or above.

You will achieve

  • NOCN_Cskills Awards Level 1 in Carpentry and Joinery
  • GCSE/Functional Skills in Maths and English
  • Level 1 Employability


Course overview

Bench joinery is the preparation, setting out, and manufacture of joinery components while site carpentry focuses on the installation of the joinery components and on the setting out and fabrication of timber elements used in construction. Learn how to work with wood and become a professional carpenter as you find out how to build floors, roofs, doors and stairs.

Level 1 introduces you to carpentry and joinery skills and allows you to learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression in carpentry or joinery.

Course content

To achieve the Level 1 Certificate in Carpentry and Joinery learners must achieve a minimum of 15 credits, 3 credits from the mandatory unit and a minimum of 12 credits from the optional units.


  • Introduction to health and safety in construction


  • Constructing halving joints
  • Constructing housing joints
  • Introduction to the construction industry
  • Constructing through mortice and tenon joints
  • Constructing angled halving joints
  • Constructing bridle joints
  • Constructing haunched mortice and tenon joints
  • Constructing stub mortice and tenon joints
  • Fixing architraves and skirtings
  • Constructing and fixing hatch linings
  • Fitting locks and latches

Throughout the study programme your work will be assessed for a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade. Achieving this qualification means that you have reached the standards expected by the industry.

Work boots, gloves and eye protection will need to be purchased prior to starting your course, financial assistance may be available.

Construction Centre
Honeywell Lane
S75 1BP

Sucessful completion of level 1 could lead to onto a Level 2 study programme in site joinery. Alternatively, you could use the qualification to improve your chances of gaining an Apprenticeship which will give you valuable work experience.


How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Having good English and Maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and Maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and Maths we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level Maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme.

If you need any further information, please contact our friendly Information Team.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Carpentry and Joinery Level 1 Full-time

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