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Carpentry & Joinery Apprenticeship Level 2 at Bolton College

Course description

Our Apprenticeship programmes will give you vital hands-on experience, learning from real life situations, with the guidance of industry professionals. You’ll gain the skills and confidence needed to excel in your chosen career.

Carpenters and Joiners are absolutely vital to the construction industry, creating and repairing wooden objects, buildings and other structures.

You will study at the College one day a week on a Level 2 Extended Diploma in Site Carpentry. You’ll learn the theoretical and practical skills that you’ll use during the rest of the week with your employer, along with generating on-site practical work-based evidence towards your e-portfolio for your NVQ Diploma Level 2 in Site Carpentry.

The course is a great way to build on your skills and gain a recognised qualification whilst also earning a salary. Plus, 90% of apprentices stay in employment after finishing their Apprenticeship!*

Course content

What you'll learn

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

  • First fix floor, roofs, frames, partitions and stairs
  • Second fix skirting, architraves, door, ironmongery, units, worktops and service encasements
  • Carpentry maintenance repairs to moldings, doors, windows and guttering
  • Set up and operation of circular saw

You will also study:

  • Functional Skills Level 1 in maths & English, unless you have achieved grades 8-4 (A-C) at GCSE or equivalent in the past five years
  • Employer Rights & Responsibilities (ERR)

We encourage English & maths study to Level 3 if required for your chosen HE course or career.

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 onto full-time employment, professional job-specific qualifications, Higher Apprenticeships or a degree programme.

Following further study you could work as:

  • A Carpenter, earning between £16,000 and £40,000 a year depending on experience.
  • A Wood Machinist, earning between £16,000 and £28,000 a year.
  • A Shop Fitter, earning between £15,000 and £30,000 a year.

Further information

Our £75 million campus offers:

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

Number 1 for Achievement Rates

We’re the number one General FE and Tertiary College for 16-18 achievement rates in Greater Manchester.

Ofsted Grade 2 ‘Good’

Ofsted also agrees; in February we were inspected and graded 2 for ‘Good’. Ofsted highlighted the fact that our learners develop good employability and personal skills and that a high proportion progress to Apprenticeships, employment or Higher Education.


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.

During their recent visit in February 2017, Ofsted commended the College for its provision of “well targeted information, advice and careers guidance, which meets individual needs and enables learners to make informed choices about the next steps in their learning and career”.

Open Events

Discover what Bolton College can do for you by attending one of our Young People’s Open Events at our Deane Road campus.

Thursday 12th October 2017, 4.30pm - 8pm

Wednesday 22nd November 2017, 4.30pm - 8pm

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 4.30pm - 8pm

Futures4Me Event

Thursday 28th September 2017, 3.30pm – 7pm


Disclaimer: The Government is currently introducing positive Apprenticeship reform with the creation of Employer Trailblazer Groups, who are developing new Apprenticeship standards. As such, Apprenticeship qualifications may be subject to change.

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: 20 September 2017
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