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This Level 2 qualification is a one-year course aimed at those who are looking to work in the construction industry specifically as a site carpenter. A site carpenter has the skills and knowledge to cut, fasten, carve and design objects made out of wood or other materials, and is an important part of any construction team.
You will study the following mandatory content:
- Principles of construction
- Structural carpentry
- Non-structural carpentry prior to plastering
- Non-structural carpentry following plastering
- Timber technology and the use of a circular saw
In addition, you will complete practical-based training in the form of work experience and employer-led projects.
To gain this qualification, learners must successfully achieve:
- One externally set, externally moderated practical assignment
- One externally set, externally marked exam, sat under exam conditions
- Employer involvement requirement
How will I know how I am doing?
A variety of assessment methods will be used to measure your progress from your start point and against your expected outcomes and target grade. These may include practical tasks and assessments, written assignments, performance reviews, presentations and discussions. Progress will be discussed with your tutor and other delivery staff on the programme.
What do I need to join?
As well as having a keen interest in the subject area, learners will need to possess GCSE grade 4 in both English and Maths. Ideally, learners will have completed a Level 1 qualification in carpentry or be able to demonstrate knowledge of the trade and complete a skills assessment. Learners will need to be committed, punctual and demonstrate an enthusiasm for learning and taking on new ideas and skills.
Maths & English
A key requirement for future progression and employment is a good understanding and application of knowledge and skills in both English and maths. Learners who are enrolled on this course will also, as part of their overall programme of study, be enrolled on Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths in order to progress towards gaining GCSE grade 4 in both subjects.
We aim to provide you with the skills required to be able to progress into further study and training or employment upon completion of your programme of study. Key attributes required by employers are that individuals be enthusiastic, motivated, presentable (in some instances in company uniform), organised, articulate, able to think 'outside the box', business-like and enterprising, and that they have a 'can-do' attitude. We work on all these areas throughout the duration of your programme of study, and your tutor(s) will provide feedback on progress made, as well as areas for development.
As part of your overall programme of study, learners will be required to undertake a period of work placement related to the field of employment they wish to enter. Our Work Placement Team will assist learners in gaining a placement and ensure that you are on track to achieve, whilst liaising with your course tutors to ensure that the opportunity to practice necessary employability skills is available at college.
What can I do next?
Learners who successfully complete the programme can either gain an apprenticeship, enter the industry or continue with their studies through to Level 3.
What are my career options?
There are many different specialist roles within the industry. Employers will be looking, at minimum, for a Level 2 NVQ or an apprenticeship at an equivalent level. This course provides an excellent foundation upon which to build a career within the construction industry.
course information last updated: Friday 23rd February 2024 @ 8.03am (5 hours ago)