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Level 2 Technical in Architectural Joinery (Direct Entry)

You’ll develop the skills and knowledge you need to enter the carpentry and joinery trade in the construction industry.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Construction - Carpentry
School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: Hudson Building
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 2
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
Hudson Building

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Course Information for Students

This course is suitable if you have a keen interest in wood occupations, with a focus on architectural joinery (bench joinery), and have met the entry requirements.

You need GCSE grade 4 or the equivalent in Mathematics and English.

Core subjects:

The core subjects can be transferred to other construction courses, once achieved:

  • Health, safety and welfare in the workplace
  • Principles of construction, building and communication

Trade specific subjects:

  • Basic carpentry and joinery skills
  • Care, maintenance and use of woodworking hand tools
  • Safe set-up and use of woodworking portable power tools
  • Planning and preparation of architectural joinery
  • Use of woodworking machinery
  • Architectural joinery component production
  • Assembly and finishing of architectural joinery products

Employers hosting the work experience placements will be involved in elements of training and assessment as part of the course. 

Your training will culminate in a synoptic assessment, which will test your ability in both practical and theory.

You will learn on-site, in the classroom and in the practical workshop. There may be some requirement to complete work online, but this will be kept to a minimum. 

While we make every endeavour to run programmes as advertised, we reserve the right to cancel those which do not enrol sufficient numbers to make them viable.

You will need to supply your own basic stationery, notebook, padlock, safety footwear, work trousers and safety glasses. 

You will also be required to purchase a Derby College Group sweat shirt and polo shirt once you have started the course. 

As you progress through the course, there is an expectation that you will purchase a basic tool kit once you are settled into your studies.

A range of assessment methods will be used throughout the course:

  • A portfolio of ongoing training and assessment in both practical and theory work, which will be graded for quality and content
  • Synoptic assessment of both practical and theory within the first six months
  • Final skills assessment which will be graded against set criteria
  • Final knowledge assessment in the form of a multiple-choice exam

There is the potential to enter an apprenticeship in architectural joinery, progress to the Level 3 programme or progress to the Level 2 site carpentry courses, either full time or as an apprentice. 

For more information, contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or

Course Information for Employers

If you are an employer and would like to know more about the apprenticeships and professional training we deliver or how you can get involved in co-creating and co-delivering the curriculum, please contact us via email on, call us on 01332 387 421 or visit our employer pages here.

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Course Information Last Updated On: October 23, 2023 4:45 pm