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Mode of study Vocational Full-time
Duration 1 Year
Campus London Road Campus
Start date September 2020
Course code FLR1CAJ (2021)
  • Who is it for?

    This course is designed to provide a technical foundation on which to build a career in the construction industry. You will be provided with specific knowledge and technical skills in site carpentry and bench joinery. The course is ideal for students who aspire to work as a carpenter, bench joiner, cabinet maker, shop fitter, kitchen fitter or other associated trades. Progression from the course would be onto a Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry/Bench Joinery or onto an Apprenticeship in Site Carpentry/Bench Joinery with a suitable employer.

  • Entry Requirements

    You will need to complete an Initial Assessment prior to acceptance. You must be working at Level 1 or above in maths and English, demonstrate commitment and motivation and be willing to study theoretical and practical components of the course. Students will be required to take the CITB assessment paper to evaluate their ability to read and understand construction drawings.

  • What does the course involve?

    Vocational units (all units are mandatory):

    • Principles of Building Construction, Information and Communication
    • Produce basic woodworking joints
    • Maintain and use carpentry and joinery hand tools
    • Prepare and use carpentry and joinery portable power tools
    • Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction.
  • 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 and Health and Safety unit are assessed via an on-line exam.

  • How much does it cost?

    You will be expected to provide your own overalls, safety shoes and contribute to the cost of any additional enrichment activities. .

  • Other details

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

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 342346 or email:

George Payton

George Payton

Level 2 Bench Joinery
Previous school: Belvidere School

My Dad is a carpenter and I help him out, but I would eventually like to have my own business. There is good machinery at SCG and the teachers are skilled – it is a great place to get on with your projects. I have enjoyed all the curved work we have done and I created a window frame with the skills I learnt.

Lloyd Southern

Lloyd Southern

Level 3 Bench Joinery
Previous Institution: Thomas Adams School

I grew up around carpentry as it was my Grandad’s profession and I want to join the Royal Engineers, so this subject is right for me. I really enjoy the visualisation that comes with bench joinery, being able to see a product and know that you can create it yourself.

Ben Yates

Ben Yates

Level 2 Bench Joinery
Previous school: Ercall Wood School

I came to study at here because it was highly recommended. The teachers are currently helping me work towards the SkillBuild competition, which means doing extra projects in my spare time.

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Career Options

  • Carpenters and joiners

    Up to £33,000

  • Construction and building trades supervisors

    Up to £44,000


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