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Site Carpentry Diploma Level 2 at Boston College

Course description

This course aims to prepare you for employment and further training in the construction industry. 

Topics covered are those that are required for the Construction of buildings. These include use of hand tools and portable power tools. Skills covered can include: the fixing and fitting of: stairs, roofs, floors, cupboards, skirtings, doors and windows.

Course content

The course is made up of the following mandatory units: 

  • Building methods, how buildings are built and the role you as a carpenter and joiner would play. 
  • First fixing installation, how to fix carpentry components before plaster work e.g. - Door/windows frames, how to make and fit stairs, etc. 
  • Second fixing installation, how to fix carpentry components after plaster work e.g.- Hang doors, fix skirting & architrave, fit kitchens, etc. 
  • Erect structural carcassing, how to erect the carcasses of buildings e.g.- floor joist, erect roof trusses, fit fascia and soffit boards, etc. 
  • How to carry out maintenance, how to carry out basic building maintenance e.g.- repair –brickwork, plasterwork, painting and decoration, guttering etc. 
  • How to set up and operate circular saws, how to work safely with workshop fixed machinery e.g.- rip saw, cross cut saw, panel saw and band saw. 
  • Communications, how the construction industry operates and communicates, how you as a carpenter would communicate with others. 

You can also choose to study additional units for a broader insight into the construction industry. These include: 

  • Heritage, this unit explores the buildings of our past 
  • Modern construction methods 
  • Sustainability 

Functional Skills: English, Maths and IT (if you do not already hold this qualification or GCSE at grade C or above). 

Enterprise activities, to prepare you for life outside college, helping you to find a job. 

You will have a personal tutor to help you on an individual basis to maximise your potential. 

All students are expected to participate in field trips organised by the College to help supplement your course.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grades D or above (New GCSE grade - 3 or above) including Maths at grade C or above (New GCSE grade - 4 or above) or equivalent, or a relevant Level 1 vocational qualification. 

If you are concerned about meeting the entry requirements, our 'Carpentry and Joinery Diploma Level 1' course may be a more suitable starting point for you to progress from. Visit the Construction page for more information.


Assessment is through practical assessments, written assessments, and multichoice examinations. 
All work is assessed, when required, by College-based assessors. All work can be re-assessed if required without delay to ensure you achieve your qualifications. 

Functional Skills are assessed by externally set exams.   

Financial information

This course will have the following additional costs: 

Books, £30 
Stationery, £15 
Trips, £20 
Corporate workwear, £60  
Safety footwear, £25 

Assistance is available for some learner’s through the College bursary scheme, applications to be made at student services

Future opportunities

Successful students will usually continue their training to Level 3 or undertake an Advanced Apprenticeship.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 February 2017

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