Dovetailing the experience of career carpenters and joiners with knowledge and theory delivered by expert tutors, the T level in carpentry and joinery weaves the ancient art of woodworking into your future.
Designed for an industry in need of fresh carpenters and joiners, every classroom lesson and workshop session prepares you to hold your own in the construction industry. You get a primer on how the industry works before exploring the principles of design and the role of technology and sustainability to guide your career.
For 80% of the course, you and your classmates fill your toolboxes with key woodworking theories and transferable skills. You will trial your new skills in purpose-built workshops, perfecting your tool work, timber knowledge and learning to hang a door, fit a lock, cut basic joints and fit architraves and skirtings.
When you graduate, you can walk with confidence onto any construction site or level up your learning on a higher apprenticeship or a degree.
If you are not quite ready for a T level then a transition programme could be for you, giving you the chance to improve your entry subjects. For more information about these courses, visit our T levels course page on our website.
If you are aged 16 to 18, you will be enrolled on a study programme. This will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven’t already achieved a grade 4 or above.
You will take part in activities that help you to develop your personal skills, such as building your character and confidence. This will help you to live well and move into your chosen career.
What You'll Learn
Year one walks you through the carpentry workshop, introducing you to the woodworking basics and meeting the tools of your trade. You also build transferable skills and knowledge that set you up for success on any construction site.
You will dip into
1. health and safety
2. science, design, construction and the built environment
6. building technology
7. information and data
8. relationship management
9. digital technology
Working through the course topics and discovering the foundations of the trade together you will build strong relationships with classmates, so you all support each other on your journey.
Year two is when the carpentry and joinery really kicks in. In workshop sessions, you get to grips with
1. preparing to produce complex timber-based building products and structures
2. producing complex timber-based components
3. assembling complex timber-based products
4. installing complex timber-based products into complex structures
On your 45-day industry placement, you tackle an employer-set project to give you hands-on experience in a real-life setting. This is your moment to put all that year-one theory into practice while you also develop skills that serve you for the rest of your career: communication, teamwork and problem-solving.
If you need an extra hand with English, maths and digital skills to finish your construction T level, our tutors work with you to get that all-important level 2 in English and maths. With those sorted, you can complete the course and head into your career, head held high.
T levels are for people who are 16-18 on 31 August on the date that they start the course.
Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate a minimum of 90% attendance at your last place of work or study. A GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4 or above or Functional Skills in both English and maths at Level 2, plus two other GCSE’s at grade 4 or above including science and a design technology based related subject.
If you don’t meet these requirements but want to start on your chosen career path, entry requirements for Transition Programmes are slightly lower. You will need a grade 3 at GCSE (or functional skills level 2) in maths or English (and grade 3 in the other of these), plus two other GCSEs at grade 3. Students previously studying at the college will need to have attained a Level 1 Diploma in Electrical, plus English and maths at grade 3 or equivalent Functional Skills.
When you enrol, you will be on a 6-week probationary period. During this time, we will monitor your attendance, attainment and attitude toward study. At the end of the 6 weeks, we will talk to you about whether you should continue with the T level or whether an alternative course would be better suited to you.
How you will be assessed
There are several formal assessments during the two years: external exams, controlled assessments, practical summary assignments and an employer-led set project.
Together, the assessments generate an overall grade of pass, merit, distinction or distinction*.
At the end of your T level, you receive a nationally recognised certificate with a clear breakdown of your achievements. The T level can be worth up to 168 UCAS points.
Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00
For construction T level courses the material fee is £300* for the two years, and this is payable at enrolment. You will also need to buy PPE (personal protective equipment) to make sure that you are safe while working and studying (approximately £35*), as well as toolkits to use in our workshops and on your industry placement (approximately £50*).
Basic stationery items such as pens, pencils, ring binders and writing paper and a Copy of the Onsite Guide will also be required.
*prices correct December 2020 but may be subject to change.
If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.
For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.
Course and Career progression
With your T Level in Construction: Onsite Construction Carpentry and Joinery specialism, you are set for one of the most mindful careers in construction. Your knowledge of wood, cuts, tools and tricks of the trade move with you into your career or – if you prefer – into an apprenticeship/higher-level apprenticeship or degree.
Our independent careers advisors can talk you through your options and help you find your perfect way forward. They have all the information, advice and guidance you need to boost your career.
What Happens Next
Apply online via the College website, or if your school uses the Positive Steps @16 (PS16) application system please apply through this and speak to your careers advisor if you are unsure. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to an interview at the College to meet key staff, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you.