Course Details

  • If you’re 16-19 years old and you want to work in the construction industry as a site carpenter then this course is for you.

    A site carpenter has the skills and knowledge to cut, fasten, carve and design objects made out of wood or other materials, and plays an important part of any construction team. You will gain an understanding of the skills and knowledge that are important when you are working as a site carpenter or progressing to further learning and training in this area.

    This course is designed to provide you with a high level of occupational skills and a platform from which to progress onto our brand new T Level in On-Site Construction (Carpentry and Joinery) at Level 3 or to become a competent Site Joiner.

    You’ll be required to complete a 315 hour work placement as part of your study programme and will study mandatory units Principles of construction, structural carpentry, non-structural carpentry prior to plastering, non-structural carpentry following plastering, timber technology and the use of a circular saw.

    Through this course you’ll also work with local employers who will contribute to the knowledge and delivery of training and provide demonstrations and talks on the industry.
    Those successful in gaining a place on the Transition Programmes will be eligible for the ‘T Award’, a package of benefits that includes:
    • £300 per year bursary*
    • Curriculum based incentives
    • Free branded work wear
    • Opportunity to take part in exciting college-wide competitions
    • Minimum 20% delivery by industry experts
    • Access to industry standard laptop* (as appropriate)
    • Minimum 15- day industry placement
    • Digital upskilling
    • Master classes
    • And much more
    *Subject to requirements including 95% attendance, positive attitude and grade profile.

  • If you’re applying direct from school you must possess either Maths or English at GCSE Grade 4 with the other at GCSE Grade 3 and, preferably, a Science GCSE at Grade 4. Successful attendance at Summer School.
    If you’re progressing from Level 1 Carpentry and Joinery you must possess Level 2 Maths and English, a Distinction Grade profile and Gold Standard “Trade Test” profile. Successful attendance at Summer School.

  • You will be assessed by a range of internally set and assessed tasks, assignments and projects as well as two externally set and marked exams. You will then receive a final grade of either Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction*.

  • Upon successful completion of this qualification, you may be able to progress onto our Level 3 T Level in On Site Construction (Carpentry and Joinery).
    Achievement of this qualification demonstrates to an employer that you have the necessary technical skills and knowledge they are looking for when recruiting for a site carpenter. This may be working for a house-building company, a property development company, or working as part of a small business repairing and refurbishing buildings

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  • If you need help with affording college, there are a number of different finance and funding options available to you. You might be eligible for special bursary support or extra help from the government. Have a look at our fees, finance & funding page to find out all the information you need.

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  • Do you have a burning question about this course, or would you like to know more about the qualification you’ll receive and how it will help your career?
    Our course enquiries team is on hand to help you understand any details and answer any questions – whether it’s about applying for the course or finding out about finance. Just get in touch here!

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