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Apprenticeship in Site Carpentry - Advanced at West Thames College

Course description

Carpentry deals with the installation of doors, windows and floors within commercial and domestic environments. This apprenticeship allows candidates to develop skills in areas such as first and second fix joinery and roof structures using specialist machinery, building methods and technical drawing. They 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 24 month 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

Core units include:


  • Conforming to general health, safety and welfare in the workplace
  • Confirming the occupational method of work in the workplace
  • Confirming work activities and resources for an occupational work area in the workplace
  • Installing first fixing components in the workplace
  • Installing second fixing components in the workplace
  • Developing and maintaining good occupational working relationships in the workplace
  • Setting up and using transportable cutting and shaping machines in the workplace.


  • Erecting structural carcassing components in the workplace
  • Erecting complex roof structure carcassing components in the workplace
  • Maintaining non-structural carpentry work in the workplace.

You will also complete courses in:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Site Carpentry Knowledge qualification
  • Personal learning and thinking skills
  • Maths functional skills level 2
  • English functional skills level 2
  • Employment rights and responsibilities.

Entry requirements

For the Advanced 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 shopfitter. Please note, you need to have a job before applying for an apprenticeship. Please view the Apprenticeships tab on our website to view current vacancies.

You should have a Level 2 qualification in Carpentry and Joinery and at least 3 GCSEs at grade C or above, including maths and English language and/or significant experience working in the industry.


To successfully complete the Apprenticeship, the following elements need to be achieved:

Competence Qualification: City & Guilds Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction) - Site Carpentry - to achieve this qualification a minimum of 146 credits must be achieved. This includes all the mandatory units and a selection of the optional units.

Knowledge Qualfication: Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Site Carpentry (QCF) - most of the knowledge will be learnt in the classroom, some may also be delivered online and some in the workplace.

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills: Evidence will be collected to show that the following skills have been acquired:

  • Creative thinking
  • Independent enquiry
  • Reflective learning
  • Self-management
  • Teamwork
  • Effective participation.

It is necessary to keep an ongoing reflective journal for the duration of the course to demonstrate these skills.

Transferable skills qualifications

  • Mathematics Functional Skills Level 2
  • English Functional Skills Level 2

Employment rights and responsibilities (ERR)

ERR is embedded within the competence based qualification for all pathways and will also be covered within employer inductions. However, for more information the Council for Administration (CfA) ERR Workbook can be used.

The evidence for this area will be the certificate for this qualification with the ERR unit listed as having been completed.

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 shop fitters, furniture makers, set carpenters, kitchen fitters, or building within the commercial sector, whether they wish to work for an established company or set up their own business. Alternatively it is possible to work as a royal engineer, carrying out site carpentry tasks in military environments within the UK or overseas.

On successful completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship, it is possible to gain further qualifications such as a HNC/HND or Foundation Degree in subjects such as Construction Management or Conservation and Restoration. Alternatively it is possible to have a varied career working on new builds, refurbishments or in specialist areas. After gaining work experience in the chosen occupational area there are also opportunities to progress into occupational work supervision, management or technical support areas.

Further information

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

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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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    • 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.