Carpentry & Joinery

Qualification: Diploma
Level 2

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About the course

This career-led carpentry and joinery course will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to progress on to becoming a skilled carpenter in the construction industry. You will learn, develop and practise your carpentry and joinery skills to enable you to enter employment.

The course can be completed over 1 or 2 years depending on your grades.

What you will learn

Year 1

  • Principles of building construction, information and communication
  • Maintain and use carpentry and joinery hand tools
  • Prepare and use carpentry and joinery portable power tools
  • Produce woodworking joints
  • Health, safety and welfare in construction

Year 2

  • Carry out first fix flooring and roofing
  • Carry out first fix frames, partitions and stairs
  • Carry out second fixing operations
  • Carry out carpentry maintenance
  • Set up and operate a circular saw

If you successfully complete the first year of study you will gain a level 1 Diploma qualification. In order to progress to the second year you will need to pass the first year of study.


Our carpentry and joinery workshops provide a fantastic learning environment for you to learn in. They are equipped with industry standard equipment so you can learn the practical skills required for employment.


90% Coursework/practical - 10% Exam

Entry requirements

Direct Entry to year 2

  • 4 GCSEs grade A*–D/9–3 (including English and maths) AND
  • A relevant level 1 qualification
  • Practical qualifications may also be considered as an alternative entry depending on grade achieved

Entry to year 1

  • GCSEs grade D/3 or below (including English and maths) OR
  • Level 1 in English and maths

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto this course.

Dates, times & fees
Start Date Course Times Duration Campus Fees
03/09/18 1 or 2 years Main
What next?
  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Site Carpentry or Bench Joinery
  • Entry level employment with construction companies (private and public sector)
Additional information

Trips, visits & activities

  • Guest speakers
  • Work experience
  • Industry week activities