Foundation in Construction (Carpentry and Joinery and Plumbing)

Key Details

  • Available at
  • Level
  • Study Mode
  • Programme Area
    Construction and the Built Environment
  • Course Length

    1 year

  • Course Type
    Full-Time (Further Education)
  • Bilingual

Please note: We recommend that you have access to a laptop/chromebook to enable coursework to be completed digitally at home. There is a dedicated IT Digital Inclusion fund to support those learners who do not have a digital device and are unable to purchase one.

Course Description

Would you like a career in Building Services Engineering – Carpentry and Joinery and Plumbing? You know that you want to follow one of these two trades in Construction. Then this course is for you!

This programme introduces you to the introductory skills of Plumbing and Carpentry and Joinery. The Foundation course provides a broad curriculum which covers careers and job roles commonly found in the construction sector.

The Foundation qualification has common units and themes found in other Foundation in Construction pathways; the aim is to broaden the wider knowledge of how the construction industry operates and better equip learners for employment in the construction sector.

The programme is suitable for a variety of people looking to work in construction. This includes students progressing from school, or individuals from other sectors looking for a change of career. You will gain the practical knowledge you need to proceed onto a Construction Progression Qualification (Level 2) or into the industry through gaining an Apprenticeship or employment.

Entry Criteria

In order to access this course, you will need at least one of the following:

  • Learners will need to have achieved, or be working towards their Level 2 Essential Skills English and Maths (or equivalent),
  • or successful completion of the Pathway to Construction Skills Qualification,
  • or a relevant level 1 qualification,
  • or relevant industry work experience, or relevant employment.

As part of the application process, you will be asked to attend an interview; this will also provide you with an opportunity to discuss aspects of the programme and career opportunities.


You will study a variety of subject-specific modules, in addition to Literacy and Numeracy skills.

The programme will be delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Group work
  • Workshop practical sessions
  • Classroom-based learning
  • Tutorial support
  • Educational visits
  • Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)


This programme is assessed through a blend of the following:

  • Practical and written assessments/assignments
  • On-line assessment (provided bilingually, learners can toggle between English and Welsh during the online test).
  • Synoptic test to include both trade routes.
  • Guided discussion.


The programme gives you a qualification and a valuable set of skills helping you to progress into employment through an Apprenticeship, or further education with the Construction Progression Qualification.

Progression Options:

Construction Progression Qualification

(This programme allows learners to focus on one specific trade)

  • Bricklaying
  • Carpentry and Joiner
  • Plastering
  • Painting and Decorating

Apprenticeship in Construction

An apprenticeship is the ideal progression route from the Foundation Qualification, apprenticeships can be in any trade route and do not have to follow the trades taken during the Foundation Qualification.

( note, that apprenticeships in construction require learners to complete the Foundation in Construction Qualification, learners who have completed this qualification while attending a full time construction course at Grwp Llandrillo Menai are exempt from the Foundation Qualification during an apprenticeship)

Would you like to apply for this course?