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Level: 3

Location: Hudson Building

Years: 1

24+ Loan Amount: 3345.00****

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Course Summary

This course meets the needs of learners 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. 

Entry requirements

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.

Course Content

  • City & Guilds Diploma in Wood Occupations (Level 3) Site Carpentry
  • NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Level 3) Site Carpentry 
An alternative pathway on this apprenticeship is:
  • City & Guilds Diploma in Wood Occupations (Level 2) Bench Joinery
  • NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Level 2) Bench Joinery

How will I be assessed?

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.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need safety boots and Personal Protective Equipment.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

You can progress to a range of Professional Construction courses.


You can advance your career in a range of construction
management roles.

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This course is run at the Hudson Building

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About the Hudson Building»

Jordan Edwards

Jordan Edwards

Gaining broader horizons in construction

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.
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