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“It is good for the soul to create with our hands”, and this is probably why some trade workers, including those working in construction, plumbing and electricity, are some of the happiest in the UK according to a new survey.

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Course Overview

You will gain a Level 1 Certificate in Construction Trade Occupations, awarded by City and Guilds.

Benefits of doing it yourself!

DIY is one of the most rewarding skills you can add to your set. Doing your own improvements and maintenance is not only cheaper, but it allows you to put your own touch on the things you love. A You-Can-Do-It course at Kendal College will give you the skills and know-how to tackle any job, big or small. You'll gain much more than a more beautiful and functional lifestyle, too- doing a DIY project is a great confidence booster. Whether it's installing new flooring, adding unique touches to your home, you'll soon learn DIY is far more than three little letters.

What to expect
The You Can Do It courses, will cover a few key components. DIY is all about using your hands to manifest your creativity into something useful, so you'll spend time honing your problem-solving and creative skills. To make sure you and others stay safe throughout your project, you'll learn the importance of adhering to safety measures and following regulations. The course will also cover the usage of equipment like power tools and chemicals. All in all, a You Can Do It course will benefit you far beyond that set of shelves you've been dreaming about putting up, as it provides you with the skills, know-how, and confidence to create for the rest of your life.

The Building Maintenance course covers Carpentry, Tiling, Plastering and Health & Safety. Students also have the choice to gain experience in Bricklaying or Painting & Decorating.

You will cover safe working practices: which includes safe maintenance, use and storage of tools and equipment.

The type of tasks which will be covered includes Building maintenance tasks: e.g. repair, maintenance or replacement of sticking doors; draughty doors and windows; broken hinges; loose floorboards; gaps in floorboards; damaged skirting boards; rotten timber, e.g. floors, doors and windows; cracks in brickwork; damaged pointing and rendering; broken windows and tiles; airlocks in pumps and radiators; blockages, e.g. in drains, basins, lavatories and gullies; failed plumbing components, e.g. washers, ball valves, diaphragms; leaking capillary joints and compression joints; failed electrical components, e.g. fuses, switches, sockets, plugs, ceiling roses, thermostats.

Assessment will vary and include a multiple choice exam and practical assessment.

Entry Requirements

Information available from our Student Services Team! Please call 01539814700.

After Your Course

Information available from our Student Services Team! Please call 01539814700.



Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time ones. The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2019/20 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2020/21 will be updated in the Spring Term. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.

This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:

  • Aged 16-18 on 31/08/19
  • Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
  • Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
  • Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
  • Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course

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2 March 2020 4.30pm - 7pm