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Level: 2

Location: Hudson Building

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course meets the needs of learners who have secured an apprenticeship position in wood trades.  It enables them to learn, develop and practise the skills required for their employment.  It also contributes knowledge and understanding towards the related Diploma in Wood Occupations.  This course is specific to those wishing to undertake on-site carpentry and joinery or bench joinery.

Entry requirements

You should have gained employment as an apprentice with a construction, carpentry or joinery company.

A GCSE grade E or above in English and Maths, a Pass or above in BTEC Level 2 Construction or equivalent qualifications are desirable, although not always required.

A commitment to your own learning and performance in a working environment is essential.  

Course Content

  • City & Guilds Intermediate Diploma in Wood Occupations Bench Carpentry
  • NVQ Intermediate Diploma in Wood Occupations Bench Carpentry
An alternative pathway on this apprenticeship is:
  • City & Guilds Intermediate Diploma in Wood Occupations 
  • NVQ Intermediate Diploma in Wood Occupations 
You will need to choose one of these pathways.

How will I be assessed?

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

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need safety boots and a hard hat to meet Health and Safety requirements in the workshop.

What can I do after this course?

Further study
You can progress to the Advanced Apprenticeship in Wood Occupations.
You can pursue a wide range of careers in site carpentry or bench joinery.


This course is run at the Hudson Building

Hudson Building

About the Hudson Building»

Jordan Edwards

Jordan Edwards

Gaining broader horizons in construction

Jordan Edwards is among many Derby College learners who have seized the chance to gain international work experience. A maintenance operative apprentice at Derby Homes, he headed to Angers in France to explore traditional eco-construction and landscaping techniques.

Jordan secured his apprenticeship after completing a full-time Bench Joinery course at the College, winning a 2014 Peak Award along the way in recognition of his excellent practical skills.

The opportunity to go on an international work exchange came courtesy of the College’s success in gaining European funding. Jordan and two other Derby Homes apprentices joined learners from Finland, France, Croatia and Greece in workshops exploring themes such as how to build a sustainable house from straw and how to make paints from natural materials.

I really enjoyed the whole international experience and we have learnt so many different building techniques that can reduce the carbon footprint of the construction industry.
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