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Wood Occupations

Course Code: DIW1

Level: 1
Subject area: Construction & the Building Trades
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Diploma
Course type: FREE (Eligibility Applies), Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One year
When you'll study: Various days and times - full-time course

About the course

Do you enjoy practical work, using your hands, solving detailed problems, and working outdoors? Then becoming a skilled and fully trained woodworker could be a great career choice for you! This CSkills level 1 Woodworking course at City College Plymouth will teach you the techniques used in all aspects of basic carpentry. This woodworking training course is designed for those who aren’t yet employed in the industry. You will learn about setting up your workspace, the different techniques you can call upon and the specific tools you need. You will get to practice your new-found skills in a simulated working environment and end up with an industry-recognised qualification.

What you'll learn

The main subjects covered are:

  • carrying out safe working practices
  • information, quantities and working with others
  • building methods and construction technology
  • basic woodworking joints
  • maintaining and using hand tools
  • preparing and using portable power tools.

Your individualised study programme will be made up of the following four areas:

  • the qualification you are studying
  • English and maths
  • work experience
  • other activities to develop your personal skills e.g. preparing you for employment, training or higher/further education.
Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements, however you must show a willingness to engage and a genuine interest in the course that will enable you to progress into employment or further education.


You will be continually assessed to the industrial standards set by the lead body, Construction Skills, and sit an external end of course exam.

What's next?

On successful completion you may progress to the Level 2 Diploma in Wood Occupations at the College, or an Apprenticeship in the sector.

You could also enter into employment in the industry as a basic labourer to start gaining site experience.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2022/23 (August 2022 – July 2023). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2023/24.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: DIW1

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £850

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 This course is free for this age group
19 - 23 A(Note: If you do not have a level 2 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ A

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.