Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry


This is a part time course covering one year. The level 2 Diploma site carpentry is available at the St Albans campus. This course is designed to give learners their first experiences and insight into site carpentry. The aim of the course is to put in place all the basic skills and knowledge that is required to become a good site carpenter. It consists of three core units: Know how to carry out safe working practices, Knowledge of information, quantities and communicating with others and Knowledge of building methods and construction technology. In addition you will study five trade units: First fixing operations, Second fixing, Erect structural carcassing, Carry out maintenance, set up & operate circular saw. All theory is practically assessed and supported with assignments. On completion of the practical work there is a 18 hour synoptic test to be passed.

Course Content - What will I learn?

You will learn about the tools you use as a site carpenter (hand/power) and how to utilise them. The materials, the techniques, health & safety, the construction industry in general & employment rights (employee & employer).To gain the level 2 diploma candidates must be successful in achieving all units and passing the synoptic practical test. You must also pass the online Gola test, a separate knowledge test set and assessed by CAA (Constructions award Alliance) the awarding body.

Am I right for the course?

You will need to be actively employed in the industry with some basic knowledge of carpentry & construction or having completed your Level 1 Diploma Carpentry & Joinery. You will be able to discuss your options with a tutor and gain guidance on your progression, identifying the correct course for you. This course will help you to take your first steps into site carpentry aiding in the process of seeking employment in the construction industry. You must have the ability to work with others and on your own, a capability to problem solve and the willing 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 but you will be able to develop this during the course.

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 9 – 3 including a grade 4 in either maths or English and a Level 1 qualification.

Your technical certificate will be assessed by unit tests and a gola test at the end of the programme. There will also be a synoptic phase test for the practical component of the technical certificate. During the programme you will be formatively assessed on work produced, practical/theory, and there for the assessment process is ongoing at all times.

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.

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 experiences.

What Next?

On full completion of the level 2 course you will be guided and advised onto a construction management course.

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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