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Carpentry & Joinery Level 3 Apprenticeship at Reading College

Course description

If you plan to pursue a career working within the construction industry focusing on carpentry or joinery, this could be the training programme for you. 

It’s an advanced course which gives you a broader base of knowledge and experience to prepare you for working within the construction industry.

You build the advanced knowledge required to carry out many site carpentry tasks, and learn more skilled techniques to help you to progress within the industry.

Course content

Over the one-year programme you learn the advanced theory of site carpentry and gain the practical skills and experience necessary to progress in this industry or related areas. The elements of the course are: 
• Level 3 Diploma in Site Carpentry or Joinery
• Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Site Carpentry or Joinery
• functional skills in English Level 2 and maths Level 2
• employment rights and responsibilities

You spend one day a week in college participating in classroom and practical-based sessions. The other four days are spent working in the workplace putting what you have learned into practice. College training takes place both in the classroom and the workshops. You then take the skills you have learnt at college out to the workplace and will be expected to bring in work-based evidence and build a portfolio with the evidence you have collected in the workplace. 

Entry requirements

You need to have achieved the Intermediate (Level 2) Apprenticeship in Carpentry to be considered for the advanced apprenticeship. 

On application you will be invited in to the college to sit an initial assessment to make sure that you are at the correct level of learning for the course.


An assessor will visit your work place to observe your working practices. Functional skills will be delivered at college within your day release.

Future opportunities

With the advanced apprenticeship you have a great foundation from which to further your skills and experience within the carpentry and joinery sector.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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      Reading train station is a 20 minute walk from the College.

      Travelling from surrounding areas: there are direct lines from many local stations including: Didcot, Slough, Maidenhead, Wokingham, Basingstoke, Newbury, Pangbourne, Twyford and Earley.

      Travelling from London: there are regular trains from London Paddington to Reading taking 25-30 minutes.

      BY BUS

      There are regular bus services that stop along Kings Road:

      Reading Buses - routes 13, 14, 17
      Please Note: Reading buses require the exact fare.

      Arriva - routes 800, 850
      First Group - route 190
      Thames Travel - routes 126, 127

      In partnership with Reading Buses, students can get a weekly Travelcard at a reduced rate by showing the driver their student ID card.

      The Green Bus will be operating two new bus services from September 2014 for Reading College students.

      Service RC1 and RC2 will run once daily according to an agreed timetable on 175 days of each academic year connecting the college with Slough, Maidenhead and the areas in between.