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Site Carpentry Diploma Level 2 at New College Nottingham

Course description

If you enjoy working with your hands and enjoy the satisfaction of seeing a job well done, a career in carpentry could be for you. It’s a varied trade, with transferable skills which mean you could take on a variety of different roles and careers within the construction industry. This course will give you the practical skills and knowledge you need to build and repair objects and structures, you’ll also gain an understanding of the diversity and complexity of the world of construction as a whole, as well as some of the key issues such as sustainability. In Nottinghamshire there are more than 1,000 people employed as a carpenter or joiner with the salary being £19k rising to around £26k per year. 

Course content

The course is designed to give you a more advanced level of carpentry and joinery skills in the assembly and fixing of joinery components. You will study a number of different units including:

•             Setting out timber to produce joinery items 

•             Producing cutting lists 

•             Forming timber joints 

•             Tower scaffolds 

•             Hanging doors 

•             Fixing skirting boards 

•             Boxing in pipes 

•             Erection of roof trusses 

•             Laying floor boarding

•             Health and safety  

By the end of this course you’ll be confident that you have developed the skills required progress onto the Level 3 qualification 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.


You’ll take a multiple choice question paper, undergo a practical assessment, a health and safety test and an external online test.

Future opportunities

Level 3 Site Carpentry CAA Diploma

You could also progress to a career in the industry as a site carpenter or joiner.

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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