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.
Jordan Edwards is among many Derby College learners who have seized the chance to gain international work experience. A maintenance operative apprentice at Derby Homes, he headed to Angers in France to explore traditional eco-construction and landscaping techniques.
Jordan secured his apprenticeship after completing a full-time Bench Joinery course at the College, winning a 2014 Peak Award along the way in recognition of his excellent practical skills. The opportunity to go on an international work exchange came courtesy of the College’s success in gaining European funding.
Jordan and two other Derby Homes apprentices joined learners from Finland, France, Croatia and Greece in workshops exploring themes such as how to build a sustainable house from straw and how to make paints from natural materials.
I really enjoyed the whole international experience and we have learnt so many different building techniques that can reduce the carbon footprint of the construction industry.