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 2019 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 bus service collects over 1,400 students every day from far and wide. What’s more, getting to Reaseheath is FREE* on all college bus routes. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for up to 1,000 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.

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Student Profile
Tom Lewis

Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery

School: Bishop Heber High School, Malpas

Next step: Level 2 Apprenticeship with R S Burgess and Sons Ltd

Ambition: Property developer

“I decided to study joinery rather than another construction craft as I felt it would most benefit my future career. I’ve learned how to use hand tools and the different joints, and I’ve also looked at site health and safety and building regulations. I must be doing OK because I won the new entrant joinery class at Skillbuild in Birmingham when I was part of the student team there.

“I got experience working on a timber framed home during my course. Seeing the job through from footings to final finish was really interesting. I’ve now got an apprenticeship so I’m looking forward to learning more.”