Level 1 Diploma


Take your first steps towards a career in the joinery trade with this introductory qualification. The course will offer you a great grounding in practical skills and industry know-how to prepare you for work and further study.

You’ll aim to get a basic grasp of flooring, scaffolding, power tools and other key skills working in our specialist construction workshops and through real-life projects on and off campus.

Course includes

What will I study?

How long will it take?

  • 1 year, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • Some GCSEs at grade 2 or above
  • Practical ability

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Construction operative
  • Apprentice joiner
  • Building supplies operative
Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2018 the tuition fees and exam costs are free for our courses. If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay a fee.

You may also be required to pay costs associated with study tours or additional qualifications.

For more information on fees and to find out about what financial support may be available to you visit the student finance pages on our website.


Our college buses pick up over 1,400 students each day from a wide area. From September 2018 all college bus routes to Reaseheath will be FREE. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for 785 students. If you are aged over 16 and studying on a full-time course you may apply for a residential place. Visit the accommodation pages on our website for more information.

How do I apply?

If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply now online. For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about this course on our FAQs page.

Student Profile
Tom Leather

Ambition: Restoration carpenter

School: St Gregory’s Catholic High School, Warrington

Age: 25

Passionate about the architecture and history of listed buildings, Tom has come to college to learn the specialist skills he’ll require to become a restoration carpenter.

Planning to progress through our Level 2 and Level 3 programmes, he hopes to offer a bespoke service helping to conserve Cheshire’s many landmark buildings

Although he’s always wanted to become a professional carpenter, Tom is also an animal lover and has spent the last eight years working as an animal carer at the Cheshire Dogs Home in Warrington. He continues to work there part-time alongside his college studies.

As part of his course Tom has visited construction sites on campus, looking at health and safety and site plans, and will complete a work placement with a local company. As he progresses he’s looking forward to learning the precise techniques he’ll use in his restoration work.

Tom says: “I looked at a few colleges and Reaseheath definitely has the best facilities and tutors. I’m blown away by the campus. It’s like a small university, with wide open spaces and a beautiful main hall.”