• LevelLevel 1
  • Age group16-18
  • Duration1 year
  • Awarding bodyCity & Guilds


This course is designed for students who are interested in developing technical hand skills in carpentry and joinery. The course has a range of exciting content where you will have the opportunity to design, cost, market and sell your own products.

You will learn and practice a range of basic hand skills required for working with timber including the use of hand and power tools. Some students from the course will be chosen to represent the College at local and national skills competitions.

Tutors will support you into dedicated work placements that will help you to develop your understanding of what the industry is about whilst preparing you for the world of work.
The College’s excellent links with employers could open the door to employment with training in the form of an apprenticeship. Health and safety is paramount within the industry and you will be trained in all aspects of this to ensure that you are kept safe throughout the programme.

Course Information

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For more information call Course Information on
01642 333333 or email courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk.

Modules offered may vary.
Modules will include:
• Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction
• Principles of Building Construction, Information and Communication
• Maintain and use Carpentry and Joinery Hand Tools
• Prepare and use Carpentry and Joinery Portable Power Tools
• Produce Woodworking Joints

September - June

Entry requirements

You must have achieved an appropriate Entry Level vocational qualification and/ or GCSEs at grade 2-1 (E-F) or above including Maths, English and Science. If you have a grade 3 (D) or below in GCSE English and/ or maths you will be required to continue studying these subjects as part of your study programme.

On-going assessment will take place throughout the course with a strong emphasis on practical skills. There are also a number of short theory tests and a multiple choice online exam as part of the assessment process.

Following your successful completion of the Level 1 programme you will have the opportunity to progress to Site Carpentry route at Level 2. The College Careers Service is available to all our students. We can help you when deciding which course or option you wish to take. During your course we ensure you develop employability skills and gain relevant experience. We provide information, advice and support when completing your course and progressing to work or going into further education.

Tuition fees are free if you are a UK or home- fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course.

If you are aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances. 

Many people qualify for free tuition fees, for more information please contact Course Information on 01642 333333. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time students.

Please click the apply now button at the top of this page which will take you to an application form, or you can download a full time course application here and print it out, complete the form and send it to the College. If you have any queries with regards to your application or you would like further information and support, please contact our Admissions Team on (01642) 333601. Or if you have any enquiries about courses, please contact Course Information on (01642) 333333 or e-mail CourseInformation@mbro.ac.uk

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Additional Information

Learning Support

We understand that students may require a little extra help during their studies, which is why our learning support team are on hand to help learners with a learning difficulty or support need achieve their full potential.

Financial Support

Whatever your age or level of study, we offer a comprehensive financial support service and bursary scheme to help you through your time at Middlesbrough College. From childcare assistance to travel packages, we pride ourselves on giving expert advice and support.

Travel Information

We are situated in a fantastic location, just a stone’s throw from Middlesbrough town centre. As well as being a matter of minutes from both the train and bus stations, eligible students can also benefit from free travel.


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