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Level 2 Apprenticeship in Carpentry and Joinery


Course Overview

This apprenticeship will suit such job roles as:

Site carpenter working on a construction site or in domestic and commercial premises, to given specifications, carrying out site carpentry to first and second fixing (door frames, hanging doors, boxing pipes, window frames and floor joists)

Bench joiner working in a joiners shop producing wood products, to given specifications, for use by the site carpenter, such as doors, window frames and stair cases.

Using machinery in the production of products plays an important part within the joiners shop.

Course Content

This apprenticeship programme is made up of the following five components:

 1. Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (competence). Choose one pathway.

  • Site Carpentry
  • Bench Joinery

 Mandatory units for the two pathways include:

  • Conforming to General Health, Safety and Welfare in the Workplace
  • Moving, Handling and Storing Resources in the Workplace
  • Setting Up and Using Transportable Cutting and Shaping Machines in the Workplace
  •  Prepare and use Carpentry and Joinery portable  Power tools  

2. Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry OR Level 2 Diploma in Bench Joinery (knowledge)


  •  Carry out First fixing operations
  • Carry out second fix operations
  • Carry out structural carcassing operations
  • Carry out Maintenance to non-structural carpentry work


  • Set up and operate cutting and shaping machinery
  • Produce setting out details for routine joinery products
  • Mark out from setting out details for routine joinery products
  • Manufacture routine Joinery products

3. Level 1 Functional Skills in English and maths

4. Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)

5. Personal Learning & Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Entry Requirement

You must be employed in a suitable wood occupations role and hold the following qualifications:

4 GCSEs at grade D / 3 or above including English and maths.


Regular monitoring and assessment in both the workplace and at college.

NVQ work is assessed on an on-going basis through documented evidence of site activity.

Synoptic practical competence test and synoptic knowledge testing.

Where does this course lead to

 Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Wood Occupations

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Course Outline

Course Code: AP07
Study Mode: Apprenticeship
Location: Basingstoke
Duration: 2 Years
Start Date: TBC.
Basingstoke College of Technology I 2019