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Apprenticeship in Carpentry and Joinery - Intermediate at West Thames College

Course description

Carpentry deals with the installation of doors, windows and floors within commercial and domestic environments. On this apprenticeship you will develop skills in areas such as first and second fix joinery and roof structures using specialist machinery, building methods and technical drawing. You will also learn to uphold safe working practices. With further training it is possible to specialise in areas such as film set production, shop fitting and concrete mould forming.

This apprenticeship is designed for those who wish to work in the construction industry, and is perfect for anyone who wants to become a skilled craftsperson with qualities that can be transferred across many sectors.


Course content

Overview of units for the Intermediate Apprenticeship in Carpentry and Joinery

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations: Site Carpentry (Construction):

  • Conforming to general health, safety and welfare in the workplace
  • Confirming to productive working practices in the workplace
  • Installing shopfitting fitments in the workplace
  • Installing shopfitting frames and finishings in the workplace
  • Installing shopfronts and finishings in the workplace
  • Moving, handling and storing resources in the workplace
  • Setting up and using transportable cutting and shaping machines in the workplace
  • Installing first and second fixing components in the workplace
  • Erecting structural carcassing components in the workplace
  • Maintaining non-structural carpentry work in the workplace
  • Manufacturing routine bench/architectural joinery products in the workplace
  • Setting out timber framework in the workplace
  • Installing frames and linings in the workplace
  • Installing internal mouldings in the workplace
  • Erecting timber walls and floors in the workplace
  • Installing low level timber decks in the workplace

Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry:

  • Knowledge of information, quantities and communicating with others
  • Information, quantities and communicating with others
  • Building methods and construction technology
  • Carry out first fixing operations
  • Carry out second fixing
  • Erect structural carcassing
  • Carry out maintenance
  • Set up and operate a circular saw
  • Construct a timber frame entrance
  • Safe working practices in construction

Entry requirements

For the Intermediate Apprenticeship programme, you should be 16 years or older and working in the industry, such as on a domestic or commercial construction site, in a joiners shop or as a shop fitter.

You may have already completed a young apprenticeship scheme in construction, the 14-19 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment, or a craft occupation at Level 1. Alternatively, you may have previously worked in construction (e.g. as a labourer), or been referred through the Women and Work Sector Pathways Initiative or the Construction Youth Trust.

You should have functional skills in English and maths or key skills in application of number and communication.

If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email


To successfully complete your Apprenticeship you will need to achieve the following elements:

Competence qualification

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations: Site Carpentry (Construction).

You must achieve a minimum of 35 credits to achieve this qualification. Some of these units are mandatory and some you may choose with the agreement of your employer and assessor. Your assessor will go through these units with you and your employer in more detail and discuss how the credits work so you may achieve your qualification successfully. Your assessor will visit you in the workplace to assess you to ensure you meet the minimum national standards.

Knowledge qualification

Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry.

Most of the knowledge you will learn in the classroom in college. Some may also be delivered online and in the workplace.

Personal learning and thinking skills

Evidence will be collected to show that you have acquired the following skills: creative thinking, independent enquiry, reflective learning, self-management, teamwork and effective participation.

Financial information

You do not pay to complete an apprenticeship.

Future opportunities

Carpentry and joinery skills are much in demand. Men and women with these skills have the chance to work as shopfitters, furniture makers, set carpenters, kitchen fitters, or building within the commercial sector, whether you wish to work for an established company or set up your own business. You may also wish to consider working as a royal engineer, carrying out site carpentry tasks in military environments within the UK or overseas.

After completing the Intermediate Apprenticeship, you may wish to go on to the Advanced Apprenticeship in Site Carpentry.

After gaining work experience in your chosen occupational area you may have opportunities to progress to occupational work supervision, management or technical support.

Further information

For details call our apprenticeship team on 020 8326 2010 or email

View all apprenticeships at West Thames College.


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: 02 August 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Throughout the year
  • Duration: 18 months - one day at college, four days in the workplace
  • Course code: APP0131
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    • As part of West Thames College London, the West Thames College Skills + Logistics Centre in Feltham is a smaller campus with a friendly atmosphere, offering a range of trade courses in West London.

      Around 650 students study at the Skills Centre to gain the practical skills needed for a career in Motor Vehicle Mechanics, Engineering, Catering or Construction trades (Plumbing, Brickwork, Painting & Decorating, Electrical Installation and Carpentry).

      We have excellent links with employers too, so there are lots of job and apprenticeship opportunities.

      The Centre has its own Common Room, Careers Advisors, Library, Cafeteria, IT Suite and Outdoor Leisure Activities. Students at Feltham also have full access to the Isleworth campus.

      Courses at the West Thames College Skills + Logistics Centre are very popular and, as places are limited, you are advised to apply early.