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Level: 2

Location: Hudson Building

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course meets the needs of students who have secured an apprenticeship position in either Site Carpentry or Architectural Joinery.  It enables them to learn, develop and practise the skills required for their employment.  It also contributes knowledge and understanding towards the related NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Wood Occupations - Site Carpentry or Architectural Joinery.

Entry requirements

You should have gained employment as an apprentice with a construction, carpentry or joinery company.

A GCSE grade D/3 or above in English and Maths, a Pass or above in BTEC Level 2 Construction or equivalent qualifications are desirable, although not always required.

A commitment to your own learning and performance in a working environment is essential.  

Course Content

On completion of this apprenticeship, carpentry and joinery workers will be able to:

  • Work safely and be aware of key health, safety and welfare issues
  • Plan and carry out their work to commercial standards of quality and speed
  • Move, handle and store resources, such as materials and timber components, complying with relevant legislation and guidance
  • Interpret and follow verbal and written work instructions from trade supervisors and site managers
  • Select the required materials to carry out the work, such as correct timber, tools and fixings
  • Access, interpret and use drawings and specifications to carry out their work.

The occupation involves carrying out skilled work, primarily using timber products, either on a construction site or in a workshop, to create and install building components. The apprenticeship has two pathways: 

Pathway 1: A Site Carpenter will normally work on a building site, or in domestic and commercial premises, preparing and fixing building components - from the initial erection of a new building through to the installation of all necessary fixtures and fittings, as well as a range of repair and maintenance activities.

Pathway 2: An Architectural Joiner will normally be employed in a workshop producing timber-based building components and other architectural products, such as doors, windows, units and staircases, which are then transported to construction sites to be installed by site carpenters.


How will I be assessed?

Apprentices must achieve a Level 2 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) to demonstrate competency in their chosen occupation:

  • Pathway 1: NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Wood Occupations – Site Carpentry
  • Pathway 2: NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Wood Occupations – Architectural Joinery

Apprentices must complete, or have previously completed, recognised English and Mathematics Level 1 qualifications and aspire to achieve English and Mathematics Level 2 qualifications during the apprenticeship.

Assessment will take place both during and at the end of the apprenticeship, with completion being dependent on successful achievement of the qualification elements and the endorsement of the employer after a professional discussion with the apprentice and training provider.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need safety boots and a hard hat to meet health and safety requirements in the workshop. These should be provided by your employer.

What can I do after this course?


On completion of this programme, some apprentices may progress to the Advanced Apprenticeship Standard in Carpentry and Joinery, or secure employment as a Site Carpenter or Architectural Joiner.

The achievement of this standard will meet the requirements of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) ‘Skilled Worker’ status, which is widely accepted in the sector as a ‘licence to operate’ in a skilled construction trade.



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This course is run at the Hudson Building

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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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