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Course Mode
Full-time
Level
2
Start Date
04/09/2024
Start Time
Duration
1 Year
Location
Milnthorpe Road Campus

Construction

“It is good for the soul to create with our hands.” 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

This course will offer you an excellent foundation in carpentry and joinery and the building industry. This course usually takes place over 3 days per week.

Skills gained on the course that can be transferable to other trade areas include: measuring and application of number, problem solving skills and communicating with different people within a working environment.

The facilities are industry standard and the teaching staff have a combined knowledge spanning decades, ranging from site carpentry, bench joinery, furniture to boat building!

Recent trips have included local joiners, builders merchants, sawmills, building sites, trade shows and sometimes even go karting! Industry professionals and experts come and give talks to the students on the ever changing face of carpentry and joinery technology. These have included Ged Maloney the technical representative from Leitz and Richard Howson the CEO of Carillion - the multinational building contractor who built the 5* hotel in the middle of the Dubai Formula 1 racecourse!

Kendal college construction department works closely with industry experts from across many sectors. This benefits the students through the increased knowledge of the lecturers and the delivery of the subjects that are key for today's and tomorrow's joiners and carpenters.

The course offers a sound basic knowledge of the building industry, including:

- Health, safety and welfare in construction technical information
- Quantities and communication
- Technical drawings
- Construction technology
- Construction of basic joinery products
- Maintenance
- Use of carpentry and joinery hand tools

Practical sessions will cover basic joint construction in the form of projects, design and manufacture and industry standard practices.

Students are taught in small dynamic groups of around 10-15 learners at a time by skilled industry professionals. Learners are assessed on practical skills and these are then developed in the workshop environments. In the classroom the learner's level of ability dictates the speed and content of the lesson. We have in class assistants available to offer anyone help should they require it.

This course will be part of a wider study programme, which may also include English & Maths, work placement and additional studies.

You will be assessed by practical assessments, written assignments, oral questioning at the end of each practical assessment, multi choice unit end tests.

Some home study will be required on this course.

Continual assessment is made of both theoretical and practical work, giving the opportunity for candidates to demonstrate a range of practical competencies in the workplace (college based simulation) against industry standard.

Entry Requirements

You need to demonstrate that you are working at Entry Level 3/GCSE Level 1 (or above) in Maths and English. An interview will be required, and initial assessments/transition visits may form part of the offer process.

If you have taken an alternative educational route and wish to discuss entry to this programme, please contact the college to discuss your individual circumstances.

After Your Course

The wide variety of skills required by the construction industry means there is an interesting range of career opportunities available. You could be working in the office or outdoors, but both will mean that you are working in an environment that is always changing. Progression opportunities include level 2 apprenticeship. Students have moved from a full time programme to go onto work with local employers as they undertake apprenticeships.

Fees

£1250.00

The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses and per course for part-time courses.

There may be other costs associated with this course, e.g. kit, equipment, books, trips etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.

Courses fees

The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2023/24 academic year.

Entry Level, Level 1 & Level 2 Courses

You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a government-funded qualification if any of the below apply to you:

  • Have an annual salary of less than £20,319.
  • Receive an eligible means-tested benefit, e.g. JSA, ESA or Universal Credit.
  • Are aged 16-18 on 31/08/23 and are not studying at another school/college.
  • Are aged 19 or over on 31/08/23 and do not already have a Level 1, 2 or 3 qualification.
  • Have a household income under £35,000 and are in financial hardship.

See the Student Money pages for more information.

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