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Carpentry & Joinery Level 2 Apprenticeship at Somerset College

Course description

An Apprenticeship is a ‘framework’ of qualifications designed to prepare you for work and train you to be competent in the workplace. Apprenticeships allow you to ‘earn while you learn’. You will normally work for an employer four days a week and attend College on a day release basis.

Course content

An Apprenticeship is a ‘framework’ of qualifications designed to prepare you for work and train you to be competent in the workplace. Apprenticeships allow you to ‘earn while you learn’. You will normally work for an employer four days a week and attend College on a day release basis.

The Level 2 consists of:

  • NVQ Level 2 in Site Carpentry or Bench Joinery
  • Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry or Bench Joinery (Technical Certificate)
  • Employment Responsibilities and Rights
  • Functional Skills Maths and English Level 1

The course units for Site Carpentry are:

  • Principles of building construction, information and communication
  • Set up and operate a circular saw
  • First fix flooring and roofing
  • First fix frames, partitions and stairs
  • Second fixing
  • Carpentry maintenance
  • Health, safety and welfare in construction

The course units for Bench Joinery are:

  • Principles of building construction, information and communication
  • Set up and operate a circular saw
  • Produce setting out details for joinery
  • Mark out for joinery
  • Manufacture joinery products (stairs, windows and doors)

Specialist, additional units on both these courses can include:

  • Timber frame erection
  • Wood machining units on panel saws, planers and spindle moulders

The Level 3 consists of:

  • NVQ Level 3 in Site Carpentry or Bench Joinery
  • Level 3 Diploma in Site Carpentry or Bench Joinery (Technical Certificate)
  • Functional Skills Maths and English Level 2

The Site Carpentry route includes:

  • Principles of organising, planning and pricing construction work
  • Carry out second fixing double doors and mouldings
  • Carry out first fixing for floor and complex roofs
  • Advanced second fixing
  • Operate fixed and transportable machinery
  • Health, safety and welfare

The Bench Joinery route includes:

  • Principles of organising, planning and pricing construction work
  • Manufacture stairs with turns
  • Manufacture shaped doors and frames
  • Operate fixed and transportable machinery
  • Health, safety and welfare

Teaching and Assessment 
On your day at College you will study for a Diploma in Site Carpentry or Bench Joinery and will have your practical and theory work marked and assessed by your tutor. You will also take end of unit practical and multiple-choice tests.

Whilst at work you will need to gather evidence of competence for your NVQ qualification. Your College lecturer will guide you through the qualification and help you build the portfolio. The NVQ is assessed by the gathering of photographic evidence, witness testimonies and an ‘on-site’ visit from your lecturer.

You will also undertake lessons for Maths and English Functional Skills. Exemptions apply if you have certain GCSE grades at A to C.

Entry requirements

To undertake an apprenticeship the learner is required to have an employer. A good general education is required, though acceptance is via a college interview.

Assessment

On your day at College you will study for a Diploma in Site Carpentry or Bench Joinery and will have your practical and theory work marked and assessed by your tutor. You will also take end of unit practical and multiple-choice tests.

Whilst at work you will need to gather evidence of competence for your NVQ qualification. Your College lecturer will guide you through the qualification and help you build the portfolio. The NVQ is assessed by the gathering of photographic evidence, witness testimonies and an ‘on-site’ visit from your lecturer.

You will also undertake lessons for Maths and English Functional Skills. Exemptions apply if you have certain GCSE grades at A to C.

Future opportunities

You can progress from a Level 2 (intermediate apprenticeship) into the industry as a qualified tradesperson or undertake a further year at level 3 for your advanced apprenticeship.

On completion of your level 3 you can study a HNC or supervisory qualification at the college.

You can progress from a Level 2 into the industry as a qualified tradesperson then work your way up to a supervisory or site management position, or undertake a further year at Level 3.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Somerset College directly.

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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