Course Title Level 3 Diploma in Site Carpentry
Level: 3
Code Y101

Overview of the Course

This course will provide you with an opportunity to develop advanced level skills underpinning knowledge and associated practical skills which are demanded of a Site Carpenter within the construction industry. You will be required to complete a range of practical projects and develop your skills and knowledge through studying a range of subjects including: Analysing the construction industry and the built environment, Trade Technology and sustainability. You will also have the opportunity to continue to develop your knowledge and practical skills in woodworking machinery and first and second fixing operations. This course is designed to provide you with the skills to continue onto higher levels of study in the construction professional sector or to seek employment as an Apprentice Carpenter. Approximately 60% of the course is practical based and 40% is theory. You may also have an opportunity to develop skills in a different trade such as joinery or plastering. You will also carry out a work placement as part of your studies as well as having opportunities to be involved in external local community projects.

What are the career opportunities?

On successful completion of this course, you may progress onto Professional Construction courses or university. You may also choose to progress into employment as an Apprentice Carpenter. There are many exciting employment opportunities in carpentry such as Carpenter, Joiner, Construction Manager, Project Manager, Timber Yard Operative, and Wood Machinist. Construction offers huge employment potential for learners interested in the sector. It contributes £90bn to the UK economy, 6.7% of the total, with over 2.9 million jobs in over 280,000 businesses. The global construction output is forecast to increase from around $8.5 trillion today to $12 trillion in 2025. Construction employment is very diverse ranging from single home repairs to working on major infrastructure developments.

What are the entry requirements?

Level 2 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery with equivalent literacy and numeracy.

How long is the course and when can I start?

A full-time one-year course starting in September.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

Achievement of each unit is by internal testing undertaken by the lecturer. Each knowledge unit also has a mandatory series of questions produced by NOCN and managed by the lecturer. The practical assessment is set by the awarding body and controlled by the lecturer. You must pass all practical and theoretical elements of the programme to achieve this nationally recognised qualification. Theoretical and practical units include: Analysing technical information, quantities and communication with others, Analysing the construction industry and built environment, Set up and operating cutting and shaping machinery, Erecting complex structural carcassing components, Installing and maintaining non-structural and structural components.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

To be successful in a construction career you will need to get on with people from all walks of life, enjoy being part of a team and like working outdoors for some of the time. You will also be good at solving problems, using computer software, understanding instructions, getting things done on time and making decisions. English and communication skills are particularly important; you need to be able to listen carefully to identify the needs of customers, respond effectively to questions in an open and friendly manner and maintain written records of work completed. Carrying out calculations and problem solving is a daily feature of working in the construction sector, you will need to be able to accurately calculate the quantity and cost of materials from drawings, measure and set out to precise requirements and work to critical project timelines. You will also need to apply rations and formulae to standard units of weight, length, time and cost to prepare estimates and final costings.

Work experience

Work experience is an essential element of your study programme and you will be supported to secure a 5-day work experience placement during term 2. This will allow you to gain first hand exposure to the sector you wish to work in, start to develop key employability skills and most importantly confirm your career goals. Construction students have recently had successful work experience placements with the following employers: Kaberry Building, Carefoot PLC, Six Town Housing, Seddon Construction, Travis Perkins, Cruden Construction.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your Construction Study Programme will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression to employment, an apprenticeship or higher education. You will have the opportunity to take part in fundraising events, sport and fitness activities, course related study visits and career events.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

You are required to purchase PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) that you must wear in all practical sessions; this will include a hi-visibility vest, a pair of gloves and safety goggles, all available to purchase from college at enrolment. In addition, you will also need to purchase a pair of steel toe capped boots.


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