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Carpentry and Joinery (Bench) Level 3

Carpenters are responsible for large areas of the construction and craft industry. Bench joiners create the more dometstic aspects of wood work construction such as windows, doors and fitted cupboards, lay joists and hang doors, for example, which are produced in a workshop. 


Some carpenters/joiners will go on to work on film sets (Harrison Ford was a set carpenter before his acting career started), stages, boats etc. Bench joiners may build spiral staircases or fitted kitchens. Some carpenters/joiners may go on to specialise in restoration work.This course will further develop the skills learnt on the Level 2 Diploma in Bench Joinery and will specialise further in the complex units of bench joinery.


All students (16-18 year olds and 19+) on level 3 vocational and technical programmes will study two qualifications over the duration of their two-year course. An example of this is BTEC students will study for a 90 credit qualification in the 1st year. Upon successful completion, they will be able to progress to the 2nd year and study a diploma/extended diploma qualification.


Exam Board: Cskills Award



Search your career options if you study Carpentry and Joinery - Bench Level 3
  • What will I study and learn?

    You will make several complex models ranging from storm proof windows, double doors and curved stairs. The course also teaches you sustainability, the Built environment and building management.

  • How is the course assessed?

    You will be assessed on individual models as well as a practical end test and several online exams.

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    You will have completed the level 2 qualification in carpentry and joinery - bench.

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    Minimum requirements - Level 2 qualification in Bench Joinery


    GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 or Level 2 Functional Skills.

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    An apprenticeship or management course.

  • Are there any costs involved?

    You will need Safety boots and a workshop apron. This should not exceed £50.

  • Are you aged over 19?

    Students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year may be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3. If you are aged 19-23 as at 31 August and this is your first full Level 3 you may not have to pay fees.

    Students who are 19-24 years old with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) issued by the Local Authority are not required to pay course fees (ie tuition fees are free). Students will be required to provide a final copy of their EHCP provided by the LA as evidence.

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