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Construction T Level: Carpentry and Joinery (Onsite Construction Carpentry and Joinery Specialism) – C7262

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Course Overview

This T Level has been developed in collaboration with industry experts so it meets the needs of industry and will prepare you for the workplace.

You will develop an in-depth understanding of how the construction industry works, the principles of design, and the role of technology and sustainability to enable you to follow a career in onsite construction (carpentry and joinery) or to progress on to a higher level apprenticeship or a degree. You will spend 80% of your time at college learning a broad range of core key theories. Plus you will undertake a series of in-depth practical tasks in our purpose-built workshop. You will also complete a 45-day industry placement with an employer to develop your skills. The placement may be undertaken in block release, day release, or a combination of both. We will support you to find the best placement to suit you.

If you are not quite ready for a T level but want to get on the path to your chosen career, then a transition programme could be for you. They will give you the chance to improve your maths and English (and any other subjects and skills needed) to move on to a T level.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

You will learn a broad range of core skills from across the on-site construction sector as well as for your chosen specialism of carpentry and joinery, this will give you a breadth of knowledge and transferable skills.

Over the two years, you will cover health and safety, science, design, construction and the built environment, industry, sustainability, measurement, building technology, information and data, relationship management, digital technology, and commercial/business.

Year 2

In the second year, you will focus on skills specific to carpentry and joinery working towards the following performance outcomes:
– Preparing for the production of complex timber-based building products and structures
– Producing complex timber-based components
– Assembling complex timber-based products
– Installing complex timber-based products into complex structures.

You will work on an employer set project during your industry placement to give you hands-on experience in a real-life setting and put the theory you have learned into practice as well as developing invaluable skills such as communication skills, teamwork, and problem-solving.

English, maths, and digital skills relevant to onsite construction will be integrated throughout the course and you must achieve a level 2 in English and maths as a minimum exit requirement.

Entry Requirements

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 a minimum of two other GCSE’s at grade 4 or above including science and a design technology based related subject.

All students will undertake a probationary period for the first six weeks of their programme. During this time, attendance, attitude, attainment and application towards study will be monitored. A final decision as to the most appropriate level of study and the outcome will be discussed with you towards the end of your probationary period.

If you don’t meet these but want to start on your chosen career path entry requirements for Transition Programmes are slightly lower. You will need:
GCSE in both English and maths, grade 3 or above, plus a further two GCSEs at grade 3 or above, one of which must include a science or technical based subject. 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.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed via a variety of formal methods during your course plus assessments such as external exams, controlled assessments, an employer-led set project, and summarise your learning through practical assignments.
This will generate an overall grade of pass, merit, distinction, or distinction*. You will be awarded a nationally recognised certificate which will show a breakdown of what you have achieved and can be worth up to 168 UCAS points.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Additional Costs

There are no tuition fees to study a T Level if you start before you are 19 years old but there will be material costs that will need to be paid at the start of the course. Students will also need to purchase PPE for use in the workshops and on-site. The College may be able to support you with this.

This course is for under 19s only.

Material Fees



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.

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Course and Career progression

On successful completion of all elements of your programme you will gain a T Level in Construction: Onsite Construction and be qualified to progress straight to a career in carpentry and joinery or continue to an apprenticeship/higher level apprenticeship or degree.

Our independent careers advisors can support you through your next steps and provide information, advice, and guidance.

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.

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