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Level: 2

Location: Hudson Building

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course meets the needs of students 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/3 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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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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