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Level 2 Technical in Site Carpentry (progression route)

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 site carpentry, and have met the entry requirements.

You should have successfully completed an appropriate Level 1 qualification within the trade area, and have achieved grade 3 GCSE or the equivalent in Maths and grade 2 or the equivalent in English. 

Having already completed a suitable Level 1 qualification, you will be trained and assessed in the following topics: 

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:

  • The principles of construction
  • Structural carpentry
  • Non-structural carpentry prior to plastering
  • Non-structural carpentry following plastering
  • Timber technology and the use of circular saws

Employers hosting work experience placements will be involved in elements of training and assessment as part of the course. Your training will focus on a synoptic assessment, which will test your ability in both practical and theory elements.

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 site carpentry, progress to the Level 3 programme or progress to the Level 2 architectural joinery 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.

Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Carpenters and Joiners


Carpenters and Joiners

Construction and Building Trades Supervisors


Construction and Building Trades Supervisors

Paper and Wood Machine Operatives


Paper and Wood Machine Operatives

Assemblers and Routine Operatives


Assemblers and Routine Operatives

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Course Information Last Updated On: March 9, 2023 4:15 pm