NOCN L1 Dip Carpentry and Joinery

Start date(s):
31 Aug 2020
1 year
Level 1
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Study Mode:
Full Time
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Awarded by:
CITB Cskills (Construction Industry Training Board)
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £450, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)


This course will provide you with a basic understanding of carpentry & joinery and will help you gain the knowledge and skills to prepare you for further study.

You will develop skills in wood occupations, producing woodworking joints, maintaining and using carpentry hand tools, and preparing and using portable power tools.
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Construction carpentry & joinery

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You will train in our carpentry and joinery workshop complete with industry standard hand tools and machinery.

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You will gain the essential knowledge and skills needed to work in construction. The units studied develop both written and practical skills for the workplace. You will get the opportunity to develop your skills in a real working environment.

The study programme is designed to allow you to demonstrate and showcase the skills learned within sessions. You will be encouraged to enter internal and external carpentry and joinery competitions.


You will study the following:
  • Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction
  • Knowledge of Technical Information
  • Knowledge of Construction Technology
  • Produce Woodworking Joints
  • Maintain and use Carpentry Hand Tools
  • Prepare and use Portable Power Tools.

College Assessors will carry out continuous and final assessment for all units.


9am-4pm (group A)
9am-4pm (group B)
9am-4pm (group A+B)
*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

At the end of each unit, you will answer knowledge based questions. The Level 1 exam will test your knowledge using a multiple-choice format.

You will receive a series of practical tasks to carry out prior to your final assignment (to construct an external inspection hatch).

Maths and English

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Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

Industry links:

Our construction team has strong links with many construction companies, including:
  • Sir Robert McAlpines
  • Robertson Construction
  • Tollent.

Regular guest speakers and enrichment activities are organised for throughout the year.
We will encourage you to enter regional and national competitions, such as the World Skills Show, and will support you throughout your journey.


At Level 1, you will engage in set sessions that aim to improve your employability skills. To do so, you will need to register with REEDncfe.

You could progress to Level 2 Diploma Site Carpentry at New College Durham, or an intermediate apprenticeship to gain experience of working in the sector.

Meet our students

Zac Wright - Carpentry & Joinery

Zac Wright

Carpentry & Joinery student takes an impressive step by joining the Esh Construction Group as an apprentice.

Apprenticeship Ben Dixon

Ben Dixon

Ben started training to be a joiner at New College Durham when he joined the Level 1 Carpentry and Joinery full-time course.  He progressed to Level 2 and is now a Level 3 apprentice at Beamish Museum.


What else?

For further information, visit Cskills.


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

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Interview Instructions

You will be invited to attend an interview with one of our construction team.

Your interview will involve:
  • A presentation detailing the College’s course key messages
  • Initial literacy and maths assessments
  • One-to-one opportunity for student or parent discussion
  • Tour of facilities.

Further Education

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Entry Criteria

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. You will be required to attend an interview.