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Carpentry and Joinery Diploma 3 at The Manchester College

Course description

Designed for those who are looking to advance their skills and abilities in carpentry & joinery, this Level 3 City & Guilds Diploma is ideal for anyone who has completed a Level 2 course and wants to take their knowledge and experience even further. You’ll focus on a number of core areas, including how to effectively carry out first fix flooring and roofing, and second fixing operations. For another part of the course, you’ll explore second fixing double doors and mouldings, and also learn how to use fixed and transportable machinery. As you develop those essential skills required for a successful career in the industry, you’ll be able to improve your functional skills in English and maths too on this widely recognised diploma.

Entry requirements

You should ideally have previously completed a Level 2 qualification in Carpentry & Joinery to enrol on this course, but we will take into account your previous experience too. You’ll be invited to take an initial assessment in English and maths and an interview with us, before we offer you a place on the course.


Throughout this course, you’ll complete a range of practical, hands-on assessments in the workshop to build up your individual portfolio. You’ll also take some exams covering health and safety, the principles of building, and questions relating to the trade area.

Financial information

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations. For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Future opportunities

Once you have successfully completed this Level 3 Diploma in Site Carpentry, you’ll be able to advance onto further NVQs in the area or widen your skills with a higher-level course such as an HNC in Construction and the Built Environment here at The Manchester College. You’ll have the qualifications you need for an exciting and rewarding career as a carpenter or joiner in the construction industry, working on building sites, for housing associations, or for your own business.

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: 10 April 2018
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    • The School of Building is one of the north west’s top centres for construction training.

      The Manchester School of Building is close to Openshaw Campus.

      The centre has excellent facilities for training in:

      • brickwork
      • carpentry and joinery
      • construction
      • heating and ventilation
      • painting and decorating
      • plastering
      • plumbing
      • scaffolding
      • wall and floor tiling
      • woodmachining

      Other facilities at the centre include:

      • SkillZone with IT facilities
      • canteen

      Local area

      Openshaw is a suburb of east Manchester, a short bus ride from Manchester’s city centre. Sportcity and the City of Manchester Stadium are close to the campus. Sportcity has a number of sports venues and fitness and sports facilities for the public. There is a 14-screen cinema five minutes away by car or 25 minutes on foot.