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Carpentry and Joinery Level 2 at New College Nottingham

Course description

If you enjoy being creative and the satisfaction of creating something which is built to last, bench joinery could be a great career for you. You’ll develop the practical skills, knowledge and understanding you’ll need to succeed in carpentry or joinery as well as learning more about the construction industry as a whole and the type of roles you will be able to progress into. There are more than 1,000 people working in joinery and carpentry in Nottingham, with the average yearly salary being £19k rising to around £26k. So if you enjoy working with your hands and like the idea of your work being used by people for years to come, this could be the course for you.

Course content

You will study a combination of practical and theoretical modules which help you to develop excellent skills and a good understanding of the trade.  You’ll take on the following units:

  • Power tools
  •  Storage of materials 
  • Interpreting information 
  • Selecting materials, components and equipment 
  • Setting out details for bench joinery 
  • Marking out for routine products 
  • Health and safety  
  • Scaffolding 
  • Fitting and assembling products, eg. frames, linings, windows, stairs, doors, units and fitments

By the end of this course you’ll be confident that you have developed the skills required progress onto the Level 3 Bench Joinery Diploma or seek employment in the construction industry.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to have one of the following:

  • 4 GCSEs (3 at grades A*-D and 1 at grade A*-E), including English and maths
  • Level 1 Diploma in a construction discipline, plus GCSE English and maths (1 at grade A*-D and 1 at grade A*-E)
  • Equivalent qualifications - Functional Skills may be accepted in place of GCSE maths and/or English

Adults 19+ who have industry experience but do not have the necessary qualifications are welcome to apply.


All full time further education courses are free for UK and EU residents who are between 16 and 18. If you're 19 or over please click here for information on how we can help with fees and speak to one of our friendly advisors on 0115 9 100 100.


You will take a multiple choice question paper, a practical assessment and an external online test.

Future opportunities

Level 3 Bench Joinery CAA Diploma


You could also progress into a career as a joiner of carpenter.


If you would like to find out more about how this could unfold for you, our advisors are on hand to help – just click the Contact an Advisor option to the right.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 April 2016

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