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Carpentry & Joinery Site Diploma Level 2 - Full Time


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16-18 Students (Age at 31st August)

  • All Full Time Courses

19-23 Students (Age at 31st August)

  • Students studying their first level 2 course (Some level 2 courses are not included, so please check with Student Services)
  • Students studying their first level 3 course (Some level 3 courses are not included, so please check with Student Services)
  • Unemployed, looking for work and on an acceptable benefit studying a level 1 or 2 course (see list of benefits below)

24+ Students (Age at 31st August)

  • Unemployed, looking for work and on an acceptable benefit studying a level 1 course (see list of benefits below)
  • Unemployed, looking for work and on an acceptable benefit studying a level 2 course (see list of benefits below)


  • Apprenticeships are free of charge for the learner (you are actually paid a salary!)
  • There is no upper age restriction to enrol onto an Apprenticeship programme, so long as you are 16+ years old.
  • Working hours are usually between 30-40 hours per week which includes your release to College.
  • There may be a fee for the employer willing to support you, but this depends on a few factors.

Please contact 01530 519 001 or if you have any further questions regarding an Apprenticeship programme.

List of benefits

  • Jobseeker's Allowance
  • ESA (WRAG) (Work Related Activity Group)
  • Universal Credit (Must be unemployed and required to undertake skills training)
  • Wider Benefits – see list below

Wider benefits that are acceptable

In all cases the learner must:

  • Be unemployed (i.e. not in any paid employment)
  • Want to enter employment but need skills training to do so
  • Sign the waiver agreement confirming the above
  • Show current proof of the benefit

Attendance Allowance

Bereavement Allowance

Child Benefit

Child Tax Credit

Child's Special Allowance

Council Tax Benefit, administered by local authorities

Disability Living Allowance [Being replaced by Personal Independent Payments] (If paid to learner)

Graduated retirement benefit

Guardian's Allowance

Housing Benefit, administered by local authorities

Income Support

Pensions payable under the Industrial Death Benefit scheme

Reduced Earnings Allowance, see industrial disablement benefit above

Retirement Allowance, see industrial disablement benefit above

War Widow's pension

Widow’s pension

Widowed Parent's Allowance

Working Tax Credit. (If paid to spouse, not the learner)

Reference: Funding Rules Version 2020-21

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More information about this Course

Course Overview
This course will advance your knowledge of carpentry practice whilst on site. Students will develop their woodwork skills as well as widen their knowledge of construction technology and tool maintenance. You will gain a general understanding of theory and develops the practical skills needed to work as a carpenter or joiner. This includes hanging doors, fixing architrave and skirting, constructing kitchen and bathroom units and setting out and fixing roofs.

What Qualifications Or Experience Do I Need?
Most students will have achieved level one and will be required to complete an interview before progressing onto the programme. During the interview you will need to demonstrate the ability to work at this level through completion of an aptitude test. You will also be asked to complete some further practical exercises to show you are suitable for the programme. Where learners have previous experience in the field there may be the possibility of direct entry at level two which will be discussed at interview.

How Long Is The Course?
1 Year

What Will I Learn?
This qualification supports the learner to attain fundamental and transferable practical skills with associated underpinning knowledge. The learner will cover knowledge in three core subject areas: - Health, safety and welfare - Information, quantities and communication - Construction technology The Learner will also learn key practical skills and knowledge in: - Preparing and using carpentry and joinery portable power tools - First fixing operations - Second fixing operations - Structural carcassing operations - Maintenance to non-structural carpentry work If you haven't obtained this already, you will also complete the Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment Upon full completion this will enable you to apply for a Construction Operative Card meaning that you can work on site. 16-18 year olds who have not yet achieved a grade 4 (C grade) in English and Mathematics will also be required to continue with their studies in these areas. 16 - 18 year olds are also required to take part in our work experience programme, this enables learners to gain experience in the industry through our many exciting, contextualised opportunities.

How Will I Learn?
You will learn through practical delivery in our state of the art carpentry and joinery workshop, theory delivery in our classrooms and open learning environments and by partaking in community projects.

How Will I Be Assessed?
You will complete synoptic practical assessment and theory examination.

Where Could This Course Lead To?
The course will provide you with the necessary skills, training and knowledge to progress onto Site Carpentry Level 3 Diploma, gain an Apprenticeship in Site Carpentry or move into employment in the construction industry.

Attendance Mode
Full Time

Course Type
Full Time & Part Time

Subject Area