How long is the course?

The course is for one year and runs for 39 weeks from September to the end of July

How many hours is it a week?

An average of 15 to 20 hours per week plus self-directed study, homework and participation in one of our specialist sports academies.

What qualifications do I need to get on the course?

You will be required to have one of the following:

  •  Minimum of 5 GCSE’s at grade E
  •  Carpentry & Joinery Foundation Level 1

Where will the course be?

Our Carpentry courses are at our Brighton Aldridge Community Academy Sixth Form Centre at Falmer. There will also be opportunities to work off campus. From September 2017, students will be accommodated within our new Aldridge KSD Construction Academy, located at the BACA Falmer Campus.

What sort of things do I study?

The aim of this course is to provide you with the skills, underpinning knowledge and a broad understanding of the diversity and complexity that is the Construction industry. You’ll explore the roles and responsibilities of the people who work in the industry and the possible career progression routes. There will also be opportunities to work on projects in the community and to gain real work experience.

This course is designed to develop your practical skills, knowledge and understanding of Site Carpentry and the construction industry in general. It explores the built environment and the wider issues of sustainability and the impact the Construction industry has on the environment.

By the end of this course you’ll be confident that you have developed the skills required progress into employment in the construction industry.

During this course you will:

  • Know how to carry out safe working practices
  • Carry out safe working practices
  • Knowledge of information, quantities and communicating with other
  • Information, quantities and communicating with others
  • Knowledge of building methods and construction technology
  • Building methods and construction technology
  • Know how to set up and operate a circular saw
  • Set up and operate a circular saw
  • First fix, second fix and structural carcassing

Carpentry is a rewarding, challenging and creative career. There is a great sense of satisfaction to be able to skilfully create something that is long-lasting and will bring pleasure or functionality to someone.

Assessment 1: Achievement of each practical unit will be by internal assessment as part of the workshop programme. Each knowledge unit has mandatory series of questions; these are externally set and are assessed internally.

Assessment 2: A practical assignment set by City and Guilds and controlled by the internal assessor will need to be successfully completed before accreditation of the qualification.

Assessment 3: An online knowledge exam covering the core units and occupational units must be passed in order to achieve the accredited qualification.

What facilities do you have?

The workshops are designed to provide you with a learning environment which simulates the work place. Classrooms have smart boards and projectors enabling you to take advantage of all the latest resources and software available.

Are there any costs for the course?

  • Safety boots and study materials (pens, pencils, paper, files, etc.) are required at the start of the course.
  • Bursaries for safety equipment and materials are available subject to meeting specified criteria.

What will the course lead on to?

  • Once you have completed this qualification you will be able to progress onto the Level 3 Diploma in Site Carpentry.
  • The level two Diploma is one of the key elements to starting work in the construction industry and on to the apprenticeship programme.