This course meets the needs of students who have secured an advanced apprenticeship position in wood trades. It enables you to learn, develop and practise more advanced skills in site carpentry or bench joinery and to work towards the related Diploma in Wood Occupations.
You will complete College-based practical and theory assessments as you work towards an Advanced City & Guilds Diploma in Wood Occupations. You will also build an NVQ Level 3 portfolio of evidence on your site-based experience.
Assessment is through observation of practical work and additional on-site assessments are required to complete the NVQ Level 3. You may be required to undertake real trade projects on which you will also be assessed.
Maths and English skills will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.
You will be allocated an assessor who will visit you on site and discuss your progress with you and your employer.
You will need safety boots and Personal Protective Equipment.
You can progress to a range of Professional Construction courses.
You can advance your career in a range of construction
Former joinery apprentice Joe Evans says the "sky's the limit" after gaining a First Class Honours degree in Quantity Surveying.
Twenty-seven-year old Joe, from Belper, now heads a team for Barratt Homes while running four housing projects across the East Midlands.
He started with Barratt as a joinery apprentice on day release to Derby College but switched to the National Certificate in Construction while working as a trainee quantity surveyor.
Joe then went on to take the college's Foundation Degree in Quantity Surveying, gaining distinctions for both his construction and foundation course.
Moving on to Nottingham Trent University, he was one of just three part-time students – two of whom were also from Derby College – to be awarded First Class Honours Degrees.
Joe said his Derby college lecturers were excellent and praised the depth and variety of the courses which "set me up" for the future.
Now a senior quantity surveyor, Joe said:
Currently, I'm running four housing developments, in Derby, Leicester, Nottingham and Worksop. The sky's the limit really and the foundations came from Derby College.