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Bench Joinery Level 3 Diploma at Truro and Penwith College

Course description

This qualification has been designed around the needs of employers within the construction industry, in particular Bench Joiners and provides a mix of both practical and theory-based teaching and learning in a workshop and classroom environment at a more advanced level.

During the course you will develop and practice the skills required for employment and career progression as a Bench Joiner through the study of units such as: principles of organising, planning and pricing construction work, set up and use fixed and transportable machinery, manufacture shaped doors and frames and manufacture stairs with turns.

On this full time 1 year full time programme of study you will learn the manufacturing processes associated with the production of more complex doors, windows, staircases and other joinery products in both the theory classroom and practical workshops. You will also learn to use the hand tools, power tools, woodworking machinery and other equipment associated with the trade to enable you to produce quality joinery products.

Truro and Penwith College have extremely realistic simulated work environments, including a fully operational woodworking machine shop where you will learn and develop your practical skills, as well as the most up to date professional tools and equipment to make your study here as close  to a real working environment as possible.

During the course you will further develop skills learnt at Level 2 in Bench Joinery and develop further as a Bench Joiner. Passing this course could also enable progression to employment or further studies in construction at a higher level. If you are not exempt, there is a requirement to complete Functional Skills or GCSE qualifications

Course content

  • Health, safety and welfare in construction
  • Principles of organising, planning and pricing construction work
  • Set up and use fixed and transportable machinery
  • Manufacture shaped doors and frames
  • Manufacture stairs with turns


The practical assessments will be carried out in a workshop which simulates a real working environment. You will be expected to produce a range of tasks using both hand tools and power tools all within the industry standards.

The theory assessments will be carried out in a subject based classroom.  You will be expected to complete assignments, drawings and presentations within a set timescale.

The course will work out at 60% practical and 40% theory over the year. All the units above have a multiple choice end test exam.

The course tutor will guide you through the course and provide demonstrations, presentations, lectures and tutorials. You will be working as an individual, however you will also be asked to work in teams to carry out some tasks

Future opportunities

Successful completion of this course can lead to full time employment in the construction industry or further study.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Truro and Penwith College directly.

Last updated date: 15 June 2016

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