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What's Involved

The occupation involves carrying out skilled work, primarily using timber products, either on a construction site, or in a workshop, creating and installing building components. This is a core and options apprenticeship, with two pathways: Pathway 1: A Site Carpenter will normally work on a building site, or in domestic and commercial premises, preparing and fixing building components, from the initial erection of a new building, through to the installation of all necessary fixtures and fittings, as well as a range of repair and maintenance activities.

Pathway 2: An Architectural Joiner will normally be employed in a workshop producing timber based building components and other architectural products, such as doors, windows, units and staircases, which are then transported to construction sites to be installed by site carpenters.

The duration of this apprenticeship is a minimum of 24 months. You will be required to attend college 1 day a week.

This is a Level 2 Apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE’s Grade A*- E including: • GCSE Maths Grade E/3 or Functional Skill in Maths Level 1 • GCSE English Language Grade E/3 or Functional Skill in English Level 1

Working in a role such as a Site Carpenter, Bench Joiner, Shopfitter Bench Joiner, Royal Engineer (carpenter and joiner) or Wheelwrights for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Where will it take me?

By the end of your apprenticeship you will have achieved: Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry or Bench Joinery Functional Skill in Maths Level 1 (if required) Functional Skill in English Level 1 (if required) Employee Rights and Responsibilities Personal Learning & Thinking Skills

Career progression Progression from this pathway Apprentices who follow the Site Carpentry/Shopfitting pathway can have a varied career working on new builds, refurbishments or in specialist areas. Bench Joinery apprentices will see a variety of wood products in production, depending upon the company. This apprenticeship will enable progression to:

• Advanced (Level 3) Apprenticeship in Construction Building: Wood Occupations (Site Carpentry) • Advanced (Level 3) Apprenticeship in Construction Building: Wood Occupations (Bench Joinery)

After gaining work experience in the chosen occupational area there are also opportunities to progress into furniture production, occupational work supervision, management or technical support areas. The Royal Engineers have a structured career pathway.

Course Assessment Method

You will be assessed using a range of methods such as; Direct observation of tasks or activities, examination of work products produced by learners (e.g. diary notes, site notes, completed reports), examination of witness testimonies from people, other than the assessor, who are prepared to provide statements detailing specific details of learners’ performance, review of records of ‘question and answer’ sessions covering specific aspects of the knowledge and understanding and Professional discussion. All of these assessment methods will build your portfolio of evidence.

Where and When

Wood Occupations Intermediate Apprenticeship

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Fee Information

Course Code Study Mode Start Date Under 16 16-18 19+ International
J632PRG-18 Part Time 10/09/2018 N/A £0 On Request N/A
J632PRG-19 Part Time 09/09/2019 N/A £0 On Request N/A

Notes About Fees

Fees shown are per year.

Find out more by speaking to Admissions:

  • For full-time further education courses call 01708 462833
  • For part-time further education courses call 01708 462801
  • For higher education courses, or if you’re an overseas student, call 01708 462801


  • To find out if you’re entitled to support call Student Services for advice on 01708 462718 ext 2718
  • You don’t have to pay tuition or admin fees if you’re 16-18 and studying a further education funded course.
  • You need to pay higher education course fees each academic year.

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