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Carpentry and Joinery Entry Award Level 3

Carpenters are responsible for large areas of the construction and craft industry. Site carpenters are concerned with fixing and installing wooden site structures. They lay joists and hang doors etc. Bench joiners are more concerned with producing wooden products such as windows, doors, fitted cupboards, etc which are produced in a workshop.

There are also specialised carpenters/joiners who work on film sets, stages, boats etc. Bench joiners may build spiral staircases or fitted kitchens. Some carpenters/joiners may go on to specialise in restoration work.



All students (16-18 year olds and 19+) on level 3 vocational and academic 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.


A level students will study a two year linear A Level programme. At the end of their 1st year, students will sit internally assessed exams.


UK and EU students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year will normally be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3.


Course fees (for learners aged 19+) may be charged as follows:

A Level programme (2 year course)
1 x A Level = £850 per annum
2 x A Levels = £1,700 per annum
3 x A Levels = £2,550 per annum

Plus registration/exam fees = £120 per A Level


Vocational programme (eg BTEC / CACHE / UAL)
90 credit qualification (year 1) = £2,550
Diploma/extended diploma qualification (year 2) = £2,550


Students who are 19+ 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.

  • What will I study and learn?

    This level is an introduction to the types of hand skills that are involved in the construction industry. On this course you will learn some practical skills in our workshops.

    There will be introductions to site and bench joinery skills, as well as cabinet making and levelling. There will be training in health and safety and you will also complete functional skills in English, maths and IT.

  • How is the course assessed?

    The course is assessed through a mixture of practical tasks and written work, in which you will have to write about these tasks, explaining what tools and materials you used, any difficulties you encountered and how you set about your assignments. You will also complete units in IT, maths and English.

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    You should be interested in learning a craft for the construction industry and enjoy working with your hands. Some of the work may be quite heavy so you should be fit. You will need to have a successful interview and a satisfactory school reference.

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    Successful interview and satisfactory reference.

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

    If you complete the course successfully you can move on to the Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery.

  • Are there any costs involved?

    All students will have to provide appropriate personal protective equipment (overalls and safety boots/shoes) at approximately £70. You will also need to buy a calculator and memory stick. A textbook for the level of study is also required at an approximate cost of £30 (prices are for 2015).

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