Course: Carpentry and Joinery Level 1

Study Level

Level 1


Great Yarmouth Campus

Lowestoft Campus


1 Year



Our Carpentry courses will prepare you for specialised work, such as working on traditional hand cut roofs, and provide you with an insight into site management.

Our Level 1 course focuses on developing the essential hand skills and trade knowledge required to progress onto our Level 2 courses. This includes the safe use of hand tools, portable power tools, health and safety and the principles of construction. You will learn your trade in our on-site carpentry workshops working with specialist teachers.

This course covers a range of units including:

  • Principles of construction
  • First fixing
  • Maintenance
  • Circular saws
  • Setting out
  • Marking out
  • Joinery manufacture
  • Health and safety

Why study with us?

  • You will develop your skills using carpentry hand and power tools.
  • You will be taught by highly skilled and qualified staff in our well maintained and stocked workshops.
  • We have outstanding achievement rates and industry connections.


You will ideally need to have achieved a grade 3 in English and  maths.

These entry grades are set as a guide, however we encourage students who are interested in this course and unsure of the grades they will achieve to submit an application and come along for a discussion with the course lecturer to assess your suitability.


You will be assessed through a variety of methods. You will also benefit from industry speakers who can provide an insight into the real world environment.


You can progress into an apprenticeship or employment in careers such as a kitchen fitter, general site operative, teacher, wood machinist, joiner, window fitter, site carpenter, formwork or shuttering carpenter.

Former students have gone on to work within the industry or have even set up their own businesses. Many are now helping to train the workforce of the future as they have taken on apprentices of their own.

"We are proud to be working with East Coast College and the carpentry and bricklaying students to provide practical advice and skills and a chance to find out what it is like to work in the construction industry. This year we launched our Target 50 initiative which aims to encourage more females to look at career opportunities in the construction sector and our commitment to bring 50 female apprentices or technical trainees into construction-related roles this year. The initiative forms part of Persimmon’s 50th anniversary celebrations and supports our commitment to building and retaining a more diverse and inclusive workforce. Persimmon Homes has a strong working relationship with East Coast College. The students we have on apprenticeship with us are both hardworking and keen to learn, and are well supported by the college. We feel this is a mutually beneficial arrangement as the students gain valuable experience in the construction industry to support their college course."

Persimmon Homes Anglia

Michelle Baker, Managing Director

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