Level 2 Diploma in Bench Joinery


The Level 2 Diploma in Bench Joinery is designed to give learners their first experience or expand on previous experiences in Bench Joinery. The aim of the course is to put in place all the skills and knowledge that is required to become a good bench joiner.

The course consists of two core units:

  • How to carry out safe working practices
  • Principles of Construction

In addition to the core units you will study four practical units:

  • How to produce setting out details for routine joinery products
  • How to mark setting out details for routine joinery products
  • How to manufacture joinery products such as doors and stairs
  • Set up and use electrical carpentry tools such as a router and a circular saw

Course Content - What will I learn?

You will learn about the tools you use as a Bench Joiner (hand/power) and how to use them. The materials, the techniques, health & safety, the construction industry in general & employment rights (employee & employer).

Am I right for the course?

This course will help you to take your first steps into Bench Joinery aiding in the process of seeking employment in the construction industry. You must have the ability to work with others and on your own, some problem solving skills and the willingness to accept ownership of your qualification. You will need to be able to work to a high standard and recognise the standards required from industry and the awarding body. Good visual awareness is desirable, however, you will be able to develop this during the course.

Three GCSEs at Grade 4 / C or above including Maths and English or above or a relevant Level 1 qualification in carpentry.

In order to complete this course, you will need to pass six theory assessments, 3 practical assessments and also undertake 40 hours of work experience in a trade related placement.

It is a necessary for learners to achieve a minimum of 85% attendance in order to pass with awarding body points scheme in place to ensure progress. All learners are required to complete Level 1 Functional skills qualifications.

You will be taught by teachers with a range of experience in both site carpentry and bench joinery. All tutors are qualified carpenters from industry and have a varried range of skills in relation to carpentry & joinery. The tutors are supported by technicians with relevant qualifications and industrial experince. Your NVQ qulification will be supported by an assessor who again comes from industry with the relevant qualifications and experience.

What Next?

On completion of the level 2 course you could progress onto a Construction Mangement course or onto a Level 2 Site Carpentry course. You could also progress to an Apprenticeship.

Many carpenters and joiners are self-employed. You could also find work with large construction companies, local authorities, shopfitting firms, or in set-building for theatre and television.

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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