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Level: 3

Location: Hudson Building

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course meets the needs of students who have secured an advanced apprenticeship position in wood trades. It enables you to learn, develop and practise more advanced skills in site carpentry or bench joinery and to work towards the related Diploma in Wood Occupations. 

Entry requirements

You will complete College-based practical and theory assessments as you work towards an Advanced City & Guilds Diploma in Wood Occupations. You will also build an NVQ Level 3 portfolio of evidence on your site-based experience.

Course Content

  • City & Guilds Diploma in Wood Occupations (Level 3) Site Carpentry
  • NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Level 3) Site Carpentry 
An alternative pathway on this apprenticeship is:
  • City & Guilds Diploma in Wood Occupations (Level 2) Bench Joinery
  • NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Level 2) Bench Joinery

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through observation of practical work and additional on-site assessments are required to complete the NVQ Level 3. You may be required to undertake real trade projects on which you will also be assessed.

Maths and English skills will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.

You will be allocated an assessor who will visit you on site and discuss your progress with you and your employer.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need safety boots and Personal Protective Equipment.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

You can progress to a range of Professional Construction courses.


You can advance your career in a range of construction
management roles.


This course is run at the Hudson Building

Hudson Building

About the Hudson Building»

Courtney Curzon

Courtney Curzon

Carpenter Courtney is nailing a future in construction

The only young woman in a class of 21 Derby College carpentry and joinery students is working towards a career as a site manager.
Courtney Curzon (17), a former pupil at Breadsall's Da Vinci Community School, initially lined up a fulltime Derby College course in carpentry and joinery.
But before she started, she arranged her own work experience with builder GF Tomlinson at Little Eaton. She so impressed the bosses that they decided to offer her an apprenticeship.
Courtney grabbed the opportunity, and she is now a year into her apprenticeship, while also studying on day release at Derby College for her NVQ Level 2 in Carpentry and Joinery.
The Belper teenager was inspired to work with her hands by her grandad, who taught welding and woodwork at a Cheshire school.
She said:

I'm the only girl on my course of about 21 people but I think they've got used to me now!

"I'm enjoying it and getting good feedback. In the future, I'm planning to get my qualifications and go on to be a site manager.

"It's great to look at a site you've worked on once it is finished and know that you were a part of it.

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