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Carpentry and Joinery - Level 1 - Certificate in Skills for Further Learning and Employment

Construction Trades

Course ID: 173638

Course Year: 24/25

Course Details

  • An outstanding programme which requires no prior experience.
  • Take part in creative work that will be admired for years to come.
  • Embrace your skills in Maths and English to boost your employment opportunities.
  • Gain invaluable practical skills during work experience on live sites.
  • Access support and guidance from our highly knowledgable teaching team.
  • Learn and study in our safe and friendly learning environment.
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What to expect from the course

The intent of this study programme is to prepare you for progression to the next level of study or into employment in your chosen trade.

The Level 1 programme is a great way to start your career, as it enables you to develop the skills and knowledge required whilst applying safe practice alongside gaining confidence to progress in college and into the Construction industry.

Working with materials, such as solid hardwoods and softwoods, plus a selection of modern board materials, can be highly creative, meaning that work which is produced will be admired for years to come. You will gain knowledge and skills required for the use of the specialist tools used in measuring, cutting and jointing timber to size.

As a Site Carpenter you will need a good head for heights and be happy to work outdoors in all weather conditions, the work can also be quite physical, so a good level of fitness is important. For all aspects of site carpentry, you will need to have good communication skills and show you are a team player and can work with others to achieve common goals.

Alongside Carpentry & Joinery, you must have a dedicated approach to your English and maths sessions. Our expectation is you will make progress by improving the level you have achieved at school or college. You will be assessed for your English and Maths to ensure that you are working at the correct level.

If you have no prior experience and are not employed, then this course might just be what you are looking for.

This programme will help you develop key skills to improve your opportunities of gaining employment. Employers demand that all potential employees can:
• Use maths skills to assist work practices
• Use English skills to communicate, both verbally and written with colleagues and customers
• Attend regularly and arrive on time
• Always work safely
• Display excellent practical skills and good trade knowledge
• Work independently or as part of a team
• Find solutions to problems

What will the programme include?
• Maths and English sessions – improve your current level, working towards a GCSE level 4
• Practical workshop sessions – gain skills to earn money
• Theory sessions – be able to link theory to the practical work you have completed
• Work related activities – can you follow instructions and complete an employer challenge?
• Industry guest speakers – listen to what the experts say, ask questions, find out if this career is for you?
• Site visits – tour a live site to observe projects in the local area. See site expectations for safety.
• Work experience – put your learning into practice on a live site.
• Tutorial sessions – develop you personally and plan your career progression
• Skills competitions – showcase your skills, can you win?


Open Awards - Carpentry and Joinery Level 1 - Certificate in Skills for Further Learning and Employment
Math GCSE or Functional Skills
English GCSE or Functional Skills
CSCS test and card (linked to excellent performance)

Why study with us?

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

A gym, including treadmills and exercise bikes.
Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

On successful completion you may be able to progress to level 2 courses like:
• CSKILLS NOCN Level 2 Diploma in Site Joinery
• CSKILLS NOCN Level 2 Site Carpentry Standard (if employed as a carpenter and joiner)

Example careers

We're here to help...

Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

You do not need to have any formal qualifications in Carpentry and Joinery but you will need to show that you have an interest in the area. You will need to be at Entry 3 or above in English and maths (GCSE grade 2 or above).

Important Note:

All students are required to wear appropriate protective equipment in the workshops. Students may be able to purchase these through the college at a reduced cost.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free. If you are aged between 19-23 and don’t already hold a qualification equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, and you need to study at Entry or Level 1 to progress to Level 2, you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

Aged 19 or over and unemployed or earning less than £21,225 a year? You may also qualify to join this course for free. To find out more, contact our admissions team on 0151 252 3000 or at

Fee for24/25 is 470.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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