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.

We’re excited to be involved in the Advanced Construction Training (ACT) project, which aims to develop digital skills in construction across Cheshire.

What will I study?

How long will it take?

  • 1 year, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • Flexible entry requirements which may mean some GCSEs at grades 1-3.
  • Practical ability

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Construction operative
  • Apprentice joiner
  • Building supplies operative

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.”