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Bench Joinery Diploma - Level 3 at Crawley College

Course description

You’ll learn the advanced practical skills and theoretical knowledge to carry out complex operations in the workplace. As a joiner, you’ll be trained to use a variety of machines to make curved frames and staircases, boxed framed windows and spandrel panelling.

This course is ideal for young people who are not employed in the trade, as it will provide theoretical knowledge and practical skills to enable to gain employment in the industry or a NVQ.

This course focuses on practical activity but includes some written theory and portfolio building, consists of the following units:

  • CSA-L1Core01 Health, safety and welfare in the construction and associated industries
  • CSA-L3Core07 Analysing technical information, quantities and communication with others
  • CSA-L3Core08 Analysing the construction industry and the built environment
  • CSA-L3Occ135 Set up and operate woodworking machinery to create curved work
  • CSA-L3Occ136 Manufacture shaped joinery products
  • CSA-L3Occ137 Set and mark out for shaped joinery products

At this advanced level, working in our simulated workshop environment, you will learn a wide variety of practical skills (and theoretical knowledge) which will enable you to carry out complex operations in a Joinery workshop and prepare you for entry to Workshop Management. Areas to cover include curved work including frames and staircases, boxed frame windows, spandrel panelling and units and fitments. You will be trained to use a wide variety of machines to produce the various pieces of work. There will be a number of theory assessments with a final practical assignment to complete the qualification.

Every learner at Central Sussex College who is under 19 will undertake a personal Study Programme designed to develop them academically, practically and personally. Study Programmes contain 3 essential elements:

  • Subject Course – Vocational or chosen Academic subject, usually studied for 12 – 16 hours a week.
  • English and Maths – Every learner will work towards Level 2 English and Maths (C grade equivalent). Learners who have achieved a Grade C will extend their English and Maths.
  • 3E – Our own brand of specific entrepreneurship, enterprise and employability training.

You will have specific time in your timetable for each of the three elements above and you will be expected to attend all elements throughout the year.  Study programmes are designed to help you meet your maximum potential and progress to the next level of study of into work.

Entry requirements

You will have completed the Level 2 programme in Bench Joinery.


The course consists of 60% practical and 40% theory based activities you will produce a portfolio of your assignments.

Financial information

You will need to provide pens, pencils and drawing equipment for the theory side as well as safety footwear.

16-18 year olds will not have to pay tuition fees, awarding body registration or exam fees. However they are required to pay for other third party costs, such as books, equipment and educational trips/visits.

Students aged over 19 on the start date of their studies, have to pay tuition fees. In addition they are expected to pay awarding body registration and exam fees, other third party costs, such as books, equipment and educational trips/visits.

Some students may be eligible for a fee concession, although in most cases some element of the fees will have to be paid.

Please note: Other costs (books, uniforms, trips, materials etc) will be £25.00. You may be entitled to a reduction if you are eligible for financial support. For more information on this and other financial support options please contact Admissions on 01293 442201/205/206 or 453474 (Haywards Heath 01444 446848) or visit the website Why Choose Us section for more information.

24+ Advanced Learning Loans

From August 2013 the funding arrangements for learners who are aged 24 and over and studying level 3 and level 4 courses have changed.

For the first time, 24+ Advanced Learning Loans will give learners in further education access to financial support for tuition costs, similar to that which is available in Higher Education. This means rather than an individual having to pay for their course upfront they have the option of accessing a loan, from the Student Loans Company, that they will only start to repay once they have left the course and are earning over £21,000.

Learners aged 24 and over will therefore have the option to either:

  • Pay the course fees themselves
  • Have an employer/sponsor pay the course fees for them
  • Apply for an Advanced Learning Loan to help pay for the course fees.

The 24+ Advanced Learning Loans are for anyone who is:

  • Aged 24 and above at the start of their course
  • Studying at Level 3 and Level 4 in Further Education and training
  • Resident in the UK
  • Has not previously had a loan to do the same type and level of qualification.

The loan is available irrespective of the learner’s current employment status and the loan will not be means tested or subject to any credit checks.

Grant funding will be removed from the start of the 2013/14 academic year for all new level 3 and above starts for those aged 24 and over. Existing learners on a level 3 programme will continue to be grant funded until completion of that specific programme.

Future opportunities

Upon completion of this course you will be able to progress onto a Site Management course on a full-time or part-time basis. Once in employment the knowledge and skills gained from the Level 3 Diploma will produce a solid foundation to study a Level 2 or 3 NVQ.

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: 15 April 2016
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