Carpenters work on both new build and renovation schemes, on projects ranging from house extensions to city centre commercial development. A carpenter works to build stud partitions, roof trusses; fits doors and windows; fits floorboards and stairs:
This course aims to provide a basic knowledge of site carpentry and to develop and practise the skills for employment and a career in this craft area.
This is an ideal course for those who are looking to learn on a full-time basis and have identified that they want to enter the construction industry and have a career as a site carpenter.
Site Carpentry study programmes start with a level 1 certificate or level 1 diploma. Learners progress from this to level 2 either as a full time learner or as part time as an apprentice.
What you will study
All study programmes cover health, safety, and principles of construction relevant to the trade. They also aim to develop practical skills for this craft. With this you will study:
• Principles of construction
• How to work safely in a construction environment
• How to produce drawings and cutting lists
• How to mark out and cut traditional joints
• How to manufacture/fit windows and doors
• How to manufacture staircases
• How to set up and use a range of hand and power tools
All study programme assessment is continuous throughout the academic year. Theory subjects are assessed through examination.
Practical assessment is continuous throughout the year with a synoptic assessment in the summer term.
All learners will be required to complete a BKSB assessment.
Entry at level 1 requires learners to be working at E3 in this assessment.
Entry at level 2 requires learners to be working at L1 in this assessment and to hold a L1 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery.
Entry at level 3 requires learners to be working at L2 in this assessment and to hold a L2 Diploma/Technical Certificate in Site Carpentry.
On completion, you can progress as a full-time learner to the Level 2 or level 3 in Site Carpentry. Alternatively, if you have gained employment in the sector you may return as an apprentice on a day release basis to achieve an NVQ Level 2, progressing to Level 3 NVQ and Diploma.
On completion of the level 3 Diploma, you can progress to an Access to HE course for Construction.
A qualified site carpenter can earn from £18000 per year and experience has the potential to earn over £35000.