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Site Carpentry & Bench Joinery Intermediate (Level 2)

Site Carpentry & Bench Joinery Intermediate (Level 2).


Site Carpentry & Bench Joinery Intermediate (Level 2)

This Intermediate study programme will provide you with the skills, knowledge and experience you will need to carry out a range of joinery work to the standards agreed by the leading industry bodies.

This programme will enable you to gain a good overall understanding of the wood trade, while also providing you with industry-recognized skills and qualification, ensuring that you complete the study programme with a good grounding for future career development.

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Course information

Need to know

Entry requirements

3 GCSEs grades 9-3 and relevant qualification at Level 1.

Other relevant levels of qualification or experience will be considered.

What qualification will I gain?

You will gain:

  • Bench Joinery CSkills Award Level 2 Diploma


  • English and maths qualifications if required
How will I be assessed?

You will be continuously assessed as the study programme progresses, with your skills and knowledge being measured against set standards as the units of training are completed. There will also be a practical exam and a series of unit tests.


Course content

What will I study?

Subject units:

  • Health and safety
  • Understanding Technical Information
  • Understanding Construction Technology

You will also study the following additional units:

  • Setting out bench joinery
  • Marking out joinery
  • Manufacturing joinery

English and maths:

If you don’t already have GCSE English and maths grade 9-4, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills.

Work experience

Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills


Next steps

Course/career progression:

On completion of the Level 2 Diploma in  Site Carpentry & Bench Joinery you can progress onto an apprenticeship or employment with additional training such as a trade NVQ.

Additional information

Students who are motivated and committed can advance at a faster rate. Completion time for adults will depend on the outcome of prior assessment of your current skills and experience, together with your attendance.

After this is completed, individual training plans can be devised. If you are aged 16-18, tuition fees, exam fees and College membership are free.

To take part in this study programme you will be required to pay for:

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE), approximately £30
  • Textbooks, approximately £20
Available Courses
Bedford College
Starts: 09/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 1 year
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Fees: 16-18 Yrs: Fully Funded 19+ Yrs: Fully Funded*
Tresham College Wellingborough campus
Starts: 09/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 1 year
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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Tresham College Corby campus
Starts: 09/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 1 year
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Funding Information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses might still be free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. Whether you need to pay a fee and how much will be dependent on the programme you choose to study. For more information call 0345 658 8990.

If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at: or view the Full-time Fee Flow Chart below.

If you are unsure whether you need to pay or not then please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990.

Full-time Fee Flow Chart

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Find out more

If you live in any of the following areas and wish to apply for or enrol onto one of our courses, please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990 to check if your course is funded or not (Please note that if your course is not funded then you will pay a higher fee than what is listed, please contact our Customer Contact team for more information):

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Greater London
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
  • Sheffield
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Barnsley and Doncaster
  • West Yorkshire
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Tresham College Bench Joinery Level 2


I liked Design Technology (DT) at school so chose to carry on at College. I enjoy practical, hands-on work, which is exactly what this Carpentry course offers.

In the first year you focus on using hand tools to get your skills up to scratch. You also have training on some of the machines ready for bigger projects. In the second year you move on to jobs like hanging doors and fitting kitchen parts such as cupboard doors. As you move along the course you use a wider range of tools and learn more skills.

We’ve made a teapot stand to put our skills into practice. It has a trivet base made from cross halving and then we have used different planes – a jack plane and rebate plane – to sand it down before painting or varnishing ready for use. We’ve also made a CD rack. The facilities are very good with lots of new equipment.

The theory work is also very interesting. We learn about health and safety, the trade, foundations of a building and different types of wood and how it’s produced from tree to timber.

Our tutors know the trade very well and are always there to help you. I’ve got a part-time job and also had some work experience with my dad who is a Mechanic. We have a big project going on at home converting a water tower into a house, so there is lots to learn there!

I’d like to progress on to the next level and then find an apprenticeship in Site Carpentry so I can learn on the job.

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.


Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.