Studying at intermediate level, you’ll strengthen and broaden your skills in carpentry and joinery. You’ll be able to demonstrate your experience and knowledge to an employer and will have the capacity to take on extra responsibility as you advance your career in construction.
Offers of a place on the course are dependent on qualifications and practical aptitude, and you will need GCSE Maths and English at grade D (3) or above.
Following a successful interview and initial assessment results, you will be allocated a place to study the practical and theoretical elements of carpentry and joinery. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment.
You will need to supply your own safety footwear. A small charge may be made for other Personal Protective Equipment required to complete the course.
You can progress to the Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery as a full-time learner. If you pursue further studies, you will continue to develop your literacy and numeracy skills.
There is the potential to enter an apprenticeship or employment in the construction industry. You can then advance your career as a construction trade operative.
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.