Carpentry & Joinery

Qualification: City & Guilds Diploma
Level 2

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About this course

This career-led course will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to progress on to becoming a skilled carpenter. You will learn, develop and practise the skills required for working in site carpentry or joinery.

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

Full-time students aged 16-18 will follow a study programme at City College which includes:

  • The main subject qualification
  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade 9-4/A*-C in these subjects by age 16
  • Additional activities, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals

These four elements should combine to provide stretch and challenge to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

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.


Entry requirements

Direct Entry to year 2

  • 4 GCSEs grade 4/C or above (including English and maths) AND A relevant level 1 qualification

Entry to year 1

  • GCSEs grade 2/E or above (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
02/09/19 1 or 2 years Main campus
What next?
  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Site or Bench Joinery
  • Entry-level employment within the construction industry
Additional information

Trips, visits & activities

  • Guest speakers
  • Work experience
  • Industry week activities