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Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship Level 2 at West Lancashire College

Course description

This course is for school leavers and adults interested in a career in carpentry and joinery.

Successful students tend to:

  • have practical skills and good hand skills
  • be able to follow technical drawings, building plans, and other instructions
  • be fit and strong enough to carry tools and materials
  • have good communication skills
  • be able to work quickly and neatly
  • enjoy working with others

All students will study the following:

You will study a Level 2 Diploma in Carpentry & Joinery, Level 2 NVQ Site Carpentry & Joinery, Employers Rights and Responsibilities and Functional Skills Maths and English Level 1 or 2.

All students must purchase the relevant kit prior to starting the course. Costs will be discussed at the enrolment and during the college induction.

Hi – vis vest will be supplied by the college
Hi – vis vest and ID badges must be worn at all times

Course content

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

Mandatory Units

  • Conforming to General Health, Safety and Welfare in the Workplace
  • Conforming to Productive Working Practices in the Workplace
  • Moving, Handling and Storing Resources in the Workplace

Optional Units

  • Erecting Structural Carcassing Components in the Workplace
  • Installing First Fixing Components in the Workplace
  • Installing Second Fixing Components in the Workplace
  • Maintaining Non-structural Carpentry Work in the Workplace
  • Setting Up and Using Transportable Cutting and Shaping Machines in the Workplace

Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry

All Mandatory Units

  • Carry out first fixing operations
  • Carry out maintenance to non-structural carpentry work
  • Carry out second fixing operations
  • Carry out structural carcassing operations
  • Health, safety and welfare in construction and associated industries
  • Prepare and use carpentry and joinery portable power tools
  • Understanding construction technology
  • Understanding information, quantities and communication with others

Functional Skills

• Level 1 or 2 Mathematics

• Level 1 or 2 Communication

Entry requirements

Candidates must be working for a minimum of 16 hours per week in the industry, have the support of the employer and be capable of achieving Functional Skills at the required level.

West Lancashire College will also accept credits previously gained through the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

All successful candidates will be interviewed/assessed and selected for the course.


  • Assessment is via multiple choice examination and practical tests
  • Awarding body phase test
  • Portfolio of knowledge
  • Onsite assessment
  • Work based recorder

Future opportunities

Successful students may progress onto the Level 3 NVQ & Diploma in Carpentry & Joinery.

Option to further a career in the Carpentry and Joinery industry

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 June 2016
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