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Carpentry & Joinery Apprenticeship Level 3 at Bolton College

Course description

Carpenters and Joiners are absolutely vital to the construction industry, creating and repairing wooden objects, buildings and other structures. This course builds on skills developed at Level 2.

You will study at the College one day a week and learn the theoretical and practical skills that you’ll use during the rest of the week with your employer.

Plus, 90% of apprentices stay in employment after finishing their Apprenticeship!




Course content

The Apprenticeship covers a range of topics, which will include:

  • Care, Use & Maintenance of Carpentry Hand Tools
  • Knowledge of Woodwork Joints
  • Reading Construction Drawings and Plans
  • Manufacture of Window Frames
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Safe Use of Portable Power Tools
  •  Fixtures of Skirting & Architraves
  • Handling & Storage of Materials & Equipment

The range of work may vary, depending on the requirements of your employer.

You will also study:

  • Functional Skills Level 2 in maths & English (unless you have achieved grades A – C at GCSE or equivalent in the past five years)

Entry requirements

To complete an Apprenticeship you will need an employer who is willing to support you throughout your training. If you have not found one, we can help you with your search.

We’d like to see a proven track record of very good attendance at work/school, along with a good reference from school/a previous employer. We also ask that you have a satisfactory level of English and maths.


You’ll be assessed flexibly, both in the workplace and at College, through oral/written questions, assignments and practical work.

We’ll also ask you to compile a portfolio of practical work to provide evidence of what you have learned.

Financial information

If you are aged 16 to 18, 100% of your Apprenticeship’s training costs will be funded by the Government. For further information please visit

Alternatively you can contact Bolton College by calling 01204 482 181/195 or by emailing

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this Apprenticeship, you could progress on to further training or continue to work and undertake a range of professional job-specific qualifications and training.




Further information

College Facilities:

Our £75 million campus offers:


  • Wella-approved hair salons
  • A fitness suite and sports hall
  • Apple Mac suites
  • Libraries
  • A theatre and dance studios
  • A café selling Costa coffee

Why not come and check it out? The best way to discover what Bolton College can do for you is by attending one of our School Leavers’ Events at our Deane Road campus on any of these dates:

Tuesday 15th November 2016

Tuesday 24th January 2017



Support with your Studies:

The College will support you throughout your time here. In College, you will receive personal support from your tutor; out of College, you will have your own personal Assessor, who will visit you in the workplace. Support is also available from our dedicated Student Services team for personal, financial and careers guidance. During their visit in 2015, Ofsted commended the College for its provision of “good information and advice as well as careers advice from highly qualified staff”.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016
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