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This course is eligible for a fee waiver

You may be entitled to a fee waiver for this course if you are aged 19 or over and unemployed / earning less than £15,736.50 per year.

Mode of study Part-time
Duration 36 Weeks
Start date 11 September 2019
Tuition Fee £415
Exam/Reg Fee £138
Material Fee £75
Course code PLR2CJB001 (1920)
  • Who is it for?

    Having successfully developed basic hand tool skills through completing the Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery this programme is designed to give you an understanding of Bench Joinery as a specialism within these trades. These specialist skills will improve your employability prospects with a Bench Joinery company and you will be working on the same course subjects as those on an Apprenticeship programme. Progress to Level 3 Bench Joinery or Level 3 Construction and the Built Environment or an Apprenticeship.

  • Entry Requirements

    You will need to have completed the Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery. You will also need to have a successful interview with the tutor.

  • What does the course involve?

    You will learn to develop and practice the skills required for employment and/or career progression in bench joinery. The course covers the following skills:

    • principles of building construction, information and communication
    • set up and operating a circular saw
    • produce setting out details for bench joinery products
    • mark out from setting out details for bench joinery products
    • manufacture bench joinery products.

    Products covered will be doors, windows, units, linings and staircases.

  • How is the course assessed?

    Your work is continually assessed throughout the course with each unit having a practical and theoretical assessment task. The Principles of Construction is assessed via an on-line exam.

  • How much does it cost?

    All materials are provided as well as tools, equipment and PPE. We recommend that you provide your own steel capped footwear for use in the workshop.

  • Additional Notes

    All students must attend maths and English and depending on prior achievements and initial assessments will either take GCSE or Functional Skills.

  • Other details

    You will have the opportunity to add additional elements and develop your Maths and English skills through either Functional Skills, GCSEs or A Levels.

  • What do I do next?

    If you meet the entry requirements for this course, please use the Register my Interest or Apply Now buttons or contact Course Advice on 01743 342333 to organise enrolment. If you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Advice Events, ring Course Advice on 01743 342 333, use our Live Chat facility or email:

    Fees stated are for enrolment for the current academic year only. Courses which run for 2 or 3 years will be subject to further fees and possible price increases each year.