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Advanced Carpentry and Joinery

Course Code: AP3

Level: 3
Subject area: Construction & the Building Trades
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Apprenticeship

Duration: 12 Months
When you'll study: One day a week, term-time

About the course

An apprenticeship in Advanced Carpentry and Joinery would suit someone who has completed a Level 2 apprenticeship in Carpentry or Joinery, further building on knowledge and skills. This apprenticeship involves carrying out skilled work, primarily using timber products, either on a construction site or in a workshop, creating and installing building components. You will be able to undertake complex job tasks, requiring high levels of practical skills and knowledge, in addition to managing your own work and leading small teams. You will be responsible for managing your own work and the work of others. This apprenticeship has two pathways: Advanced Site Carpenter and Advanced Architectural Joiner, with a site carpenter working out on site and an architectural joiner working in a workshop.

Within this Apprenticeship, you will have training sessions at City College Plymouth one day a week, term-time, to give you the skills and knowledge required to succeed in the industry. You will also receive direct training from the business you are employed by for your Apprenticeship who will work with the College to ensure you are reaching your maximum potential via regular workplace observations and reviews.


What you'll learn

An Apprenticeship is broken down into three learning categories – skills, knowledge and behaviours. For the Level 3 Advanced Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship you will cover the following core learning categories along with additional skill and knowledge requirements specific to each pathway.


  • Understand, in more detail, the key aspects of health, safety and welfare good practice and how to apply these to create a safe and healthy working environment
  • Understand how to plan and carry out work effectively, taking into account complex environmental and task related challenges
  • Understand how to develop and maintain excellent working relationships with others
  • Understand how to access data needed to plan and execute work tasks accurately, including an understanding of Building Information Modelling (BIM.) and its impact on construction projects
  • Understand their broader responsibilities under current legislation and guidance in undertaking construction work
  • Understand the importance of team working and being prepared to take a lead


  • Work safely and pro-actively in the application of good health and safety practice in their work area, to protect self and others
  • Understand the programme and work schedule for their work area and plan their work accordingly
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with managers, supervisors and work colleagues
  • Determine the best way of carrying out the work and ensure this is communicated clearly to colleagues
  • Interpret technical specifications and ensure compliance with legislation/guidance relevant to the work being done
  • Select the required quantity and quality of resources required for carrying out complex and non-standard work, including timber, tools and fixings
  • Be prepared to take a lead when working in a team, especially when complex or non-standard work is involved


  • Effective communication: oral, written, listening, body language, presentation – especially in working with others
  • Team work: work effectively without supervision and give leadership to others – being willing to lead a team
  • Independent working: take responsibility for completing own work and monitoring the work of others
  • Logical thinking: use clear and valid reasoning when making decisions and in achieving work goals with others
  • Working effectively: undertake the work in a reliable and productive manner, lead others by example
  • Time management: use own time effectively to complete work on schedule and support effective team working
  • Adaptability: be able to implement change and adjust existing requirements to meet the work instructions

You will be taught, guided and assessed on the above topics over the duration of your Apprenticeship to prepare for your achievement. This will be done via  training sessions at City College Plymouth and visits at the workplace from your designated assessor who will ensure you are competent in the job you are doing.


Entry requirements

To undertake this Apprenticeship you will be required to undergo an assessment with the course tutor. This is nothing to worry about! The tutor will have a conversation with you in order to assess your employability skills and your keenness to learn. They will also want to find out about any prior knowledge you may have. The assessment may include a practical task and a short workbook of basic questions about the industry. 

If you do not already hold a GCSE at a grade 4-9 (A-C) or Functional Skill (level 1 – 2) in English and maths then you will be asked to complete a short assessment to determine what level you are currently working at. The results from this, combined with your tutor meeting, will ascertain whether we will be able to accept you onto an Apprenticeship and work with you to find an employer to begin your learning journey.



In order to achieve your apprenticeship you will need to complete an end-point assessment. The end-point assessment is the name given to a series of tests you must take to prove your ability to do the job you have been training for. These tests take place at the end of the Apprenticeship following a period of training and development.


What's next?

On completion of this apprenticeship you will be able to go into employment as a Site Carpenter or Architectural Joiner.

Other Information

By applying for this position you will go through the College’s assessments and once successful, you will be assigned a Business Engagement Officer who will guide you into employment by supporting you to find the best suited workplace.


Important information

By applying for this position you will go through the College’s assessments and once successful, you will be assigned a Business Engagement Officer who will guide you into employment by supporting you to find the best-suited workplace.

Whether or not you've got a work placement lined up, you can apply for and start an Apprenticeship at any time. We'll work with you to make sure you're on the right career path and help match you with a suitable employer. Just complete an application form.