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Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry at East Sussex College Hastings

Course description

You will be able to build on your basic knowledge and skills to gain a more detailed understanding and technical ability in carpentry and joinery.

Course content

During the course you will build on your existing knowledge and skills to gain a greater understanding of the trade. You will use your knowledge of basic joint making and be able to apply it to more advance carpentry maintenance. Learn will take place in our purpose built carpentry workshop where you will practise performing first fix carpentry such as installing floor joists, and practise putting together timber frames for partition walls. You will also be introduced to more advanced power tools. You will be able to develop your English and maths skills and develop your employability skills during work experience placements.

During the course you will cover topics such as:

  • Health, safety and welfare in construction
  • Principles of building construction
  • Carry out first fix flooring and roofing
  • Carry out first fix frames, partitions and stairs
  • Carry out second fix operations
  • Carry out carpentry maintenance

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of: Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry and GCSE's A*-D or equivalent in English and maths. Good report for attendance and attitude towards work.


Assessments will take place throughout the duration of the course. Practical tasks will make up 60% of the assessment, coursework will make up 30% and 10% will be made up of exams. Accuracy and completing tasks within a specified time frame will be important to the successful completion of the course. Constructive feedback from your tutor will also help you to improve and progress towards recognised industrial standards.

Financial information

A range of specified PPE and a basic kit and equipment will be required for this course and will cost approximately £150.

The PPE required will consist of safety boots, overalls and navy/black polo shirt. There are also a number of opportunities throughout the year for various construction related trips which may also incur a cost.

Future opportunities

Once you have successfully completed this course you could progress onto a Level 3 Site Carpentry course or start an apprenticeship in the industry.

You may wish to start your career as a Carpenter, become Self-employed, become a Site manager, or become a Property developer.

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: 06 September 2018
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    • Less than a mile away from our Station Plaza campus, Ore Valley takes under a minute by train from Hastings Town Centre and has 7,000 square metres of realistic working environments, workshops and ‘live build’ areas. In the central atrium, students construct, wire, plumb, fit-out and decorate a full-size house. Students here have access to the latest equipment and digital technology, a Learning Resource Centre, a sports pitch, diner and coffee shop.

      Students have 24/7 access to lessons and learning resources from home via WIKI, podcasts and teacher/student blogs. Students can hire laptops from the LRCs and both sites are WIFI activated.