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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

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Joe Evans

Joe Evans

Joe reaches for sky after receiving First in Quantity Surveying

Former joinery apprentice Joe Evans says the "sky's the limit" after gaining a First Class Honours degree in Quantity Surveying.
Twenty-seven-year old Joe, from Belper, now heads a team for Barratt Homes while running four housing projects across the East Midlands.
He started with Barratt as a joinery apprentice on day release to Derby College but switched to the National Certificate in Construction while working as a trainee quantity surveyor.
Joe then went on to take the college's Foundation Degree in Quantity Surveying, gaining distinctions for both his construction and foundation course.
Moving on to Nottingham Trent University, he was one of just three part-time students – two of whom were also from Derby College – to be awarded First Class Honours Degrees.
Joe said his Derby college lecturers were excellent and praised the depth and variety of the courses which "set me up" for the future.
Now a senior quantity surveyor, Joe said:

Currently, I'm running four housing developments, in Derby, Leicester, Nottingham and Worksop. The sky's the limit really and the foundations came from Derby College.

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