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Foundation in Construction (Carpentry & Joinery and Tiling)

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Foundation in Construction (Carpentry & Joinery and Tiling)

Full-time (Further Education)

Please note: We recommend that you have access to a laptop or 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 Carpentry & Joinery and Tiling? This is the all new all Wales qualification replacing Carpentry & Joinery Level 1 and Tiling Level
1 in Rhyl.

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

The City & Guilds 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:

  • 4 GCSEs at grade G or above
  • 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)

Your programme will include a combination of:

  • Essential Skills qualifications and/or
  • GCSE resits
Essential Skills

This may include a combination of Application of Number, Communication, Digital Literacy and Essential Employability Skills

GCSE resits

This may include GCSE Numeracy/Maths and/or Welsh/English Language.

Maths & Welsh/English

If you don't achieve a C or above in Maths and/ or English/Welsh, we will support you to retake these subjects as part of your study programme.


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)

  • Practical 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

The Progression Qualification allows learners to focus on one specific trade. The best option would be to progress on:

  • Level 2 Progression Carpentry and Joinery
Apprenticeship in Construction
  • Apprenticeship Level 3 in Site Carpentry

Other details

Course type: Full-time (Further Education)

Level: 2

Programme Area:

  • Construction and the Built Environment



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