carpentry & joinery
Level 1, 2 & 3 Diploma in Wood Occupations
1 year per level
PC Code

At Level 1 and 2 you will develop your practical skills learning how to create setting out rods and routine joinery products using hand tools, power tools and woodworking machinery. You will also learn how to interpret drawings, provide estimates and communicate effectively. At Level 3 you will gain hands-on experience preparing and using woodworking machinery as part of the manufacturing process. You’ll also develop your knowledge and technical skills to manufacture complicated joinery products.

What will I learn?

General units of study including; safe working practices, information, quantities and communication; building methods and technology; developing practical skills; maintenance and use of hand tools and prepare and use portable powered tools.

Site Joinery units include: Installing fixing components; Erecting structural carcassing components; and Maintaining non-structural carpentry work.

Bench Joinery units include: Setting out for routine joinery products; Marking out and form setting for routine joinery products; and Manufacturing routine joinery products.

How will I be taught?

The majority of the programme is dedicated to practical activities, however, there is also classroom based work on health and safety, building methods and construction technology.

How will I be assessed?

  • Practical & Theory Assessments
  • Portfolio of Evidence
  • In Class Tests
  • Practical Demonstrations
  • Multiple Choice Tests

What can I do next?

As you progress you will achieve your qualifications at Level 1, 2 and 3. After Level 3 you can progress onto the HNC in Construction – Awarded by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). All students in the Construction department start at Level 1 in order to develop their skills to progress to an Apprenticeship. A lot of students are recruited by employers straight from the classroom to a Level 2 or 3 Apprenticeship during, or at the end of, their Level 1 course. 

Is there anything else I need to know?

You will be required to provide your own Personal Protective Equipment and basic stationary for use in the classroom.

Entry Requirements

At Level 1 you’ll need a profile of mainly grade 2 (Es) at GCSE including English Language and maths. You must also show an interest in the subject. Level 2 & 3 is progression only.

If the start date for your course has already passed we may still be able to accommodate you.

Any questions? Just ask!

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