2 Sep 2024

Study mode

Full Time


Framwellgate Moor Campus


1 Year


Level 2

Course code


Fee Information

Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college, please see our Fees and funding page for more information.

Age 16-18

FREE (If meet residency criteria and not enrolled at another educational institution).

If you are aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the year you begin your course, not enrolled at another educational institution and have been resident in the UK for the past 3 years, your course will be FREE. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips.

Age 19+

If you are aged 19 or older on 31 August in the year you begin your course, not enrolled at another educational institution and have been resident in the UK for the past 3 years, your course could be free dependant on the level of the course and your eligibility criteria. The rules regarding fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to contact our Advice, Support and Careers Team on 0191 375 4400, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or connect on live chat (bottom right of your screen).

Course details may be subject to change.

This intermediate course will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to prepare you for further study, or your first steps towards a career in carpentry and joinery. You will develop strong practical skills, an eye for detail, and the ability to follow technical drawings and plans. You will demonstrate sound teamwork skills, and good maths skills.

Entry Criteria

You will hold a Level 1 qualification in carpentry and joinery, and will be skilled in carrying out practical tasks.

You will hold a minimum of GCSE grade 2 in both maths and English, and you will have a keen attitude and interest in carpentry and joinery.

What are the next steps?

You will meet with a course tutor to find out more about the course, discuss which course is right for you and see the facilities. Please bring your GCSE grades/predicted grades or any other relevant qualifications.

Study Aims

You will gain the knowledge and skills required to work within the carpentry and joinery industry. The units studied develop both written and practical skills for the workplace. You will get the opportunity to develop your skills in a real working environment. The study programme is designed to allow students to demonstrate and showcase the skills learned within sessions. You will be encouraged to enter internal and external carpentry and joinery competitions.

Modules Studied

  • Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction and Associated Industries
  • Understanding information, quantities and communication with others
  • Understanding construction technology
  • Prepare and use carpentry and joinery portable power tools
  • Carry out first fixing operations
  • Carry out second fixing operations
  • Carry out structural carcassing operations
  • Carry out maintenance to non-structural carpentry work.

Times of Delivery

This course will run 2-3 days a week from 8.45am and 5pm - your maths and English requirements will be additional sessions.

Any times indicated are based on current courses and may be subject to change in future years. Full timetables will be confirmed at the start of each course.

Teaching and Assessment

At the end of each unit, you will answer knowledge based questions. The Level 2 exam will test your knowledge using a multiple-choice format. You will receive a series of practical tasks to carry out prior to your final assignment.

Industry Links

Our construction team have strong links with many construction companies, including:

  • Keepmoat Homes
  • Stabila
  • Festool.

Regular guest speakers and enrichment activities are organised for throughout the year. We encourage our students to enter regional and national competitions, such as the World Skills Show, and will support you throughout your journey.


You will have the opportunity to gain work experience with a local construction company. In previous years, community projects have been undertaken under the supervision of college staff or in cohesion with a nominated company.

What else?

For further information, visit CSkills.

Where can it take me?

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