Level 1 Carpentry and Joinery

City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry & Joinery

This course is a great starting point for developing your carpentry and joinery skills. You can begin this course straight after leaving school at 16 and get your career in the industry off to a great start.

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Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Duration: A full-time, 1 year course running over 3 days per week.
  • Location: Brooksby
  • Fees: This course is fully funded for school leavers.

Your future

Learners may wish to progress onto a Level 2 Joinery course. Alternatively, learners may progress onto an apprenticeship or into employment.

Entry requirements

GCSE Maths and English at Grade D or above or Grade 3-9 OR an initial assessment result of Entry 3 or above (or equivalent)


Why choose BMC?

The Foundation courses at our Brooksby campus specialise in Land-based studies, which include agriculture, small animal care, horticulture, estate skills and equine studies, alongside employability and functional skills qualifications.

Our courses have a practical focus, with much time being spent outdoors on the College’s 850 acre estate, which features a farm, formal gardens and stables.

These courses offer a fantastic level of support, so you will have everything you need both in and outside of classes. Our specialist staff will be there to help you progress to the next stage and gain more confidence and independence.

The BMC Foundation tutors are highly experienced in dealing with support needs, learning difficulties and disabilities, and the small class sizes help with your transition to life at BMC.


  • Learning and Using Basic Skills in Site and Bench Joinery
  • Woodworking Joints
  • Use of Hand Tools
  • Use of Portable Tools

English and Maths

English and Maths are very important for you during your studies and beyond. The Government has introduced new standards which mean that employers will looking for these skills when you enter the workplace. BMC is committed to ensuring that our students leave us with everything they need to reach their goals and meet the expectations of the industry.

If you are under 19 and narrowly miss the English and/or Maths requirements of your course (by one grade), don’t worry – BMC can offer you a suitable course at another level and you can take GCSE English or Maths alongside it (daytime and evening options available). Learners will not be expected to take both GCSE English and GCSE Maths in the same year.

If you are under 19 and miss the English and/or Maths entry requirements of your course by more than one grade, BMC offers Functional Skills, an effective method to improve literacy and numeracy, for up to two hours per week.

Visit Us

If you like what you’ve seen so far, why not come along to our next Brooksby Campus Open Event?

This is a fantastic way for you to get a feel for what it’s like to be a student at BMC. You will get to meet our industry-expert teaching staff, tour our fantastic facilities and find out everything you need to know about courses at BMC.

For a list of our upcoming events, click here.

Example of work completed by BMC Joinery students:

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