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Wood Occupations

Course Code: OSW3

Level: 3
Subject area: Construction & the Building Trades
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Diploma, NVQ
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One year
When you'll study: Various days and times

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About the course

Are you looking for woodwork or carpentry training that will help you get a job as Site Carpenter? There are two pathways available in this NVQ Level 3 Wood Occupations course at City College Plymouth. You can choose from Bench Joinery or Site Carpentry. An onsite assessment pathway in your chosen trade is the best way of gaining the highly valued NVQ in your skilled area. Trade NVQs are the benchmark for all employers and can help increase your employment and financial development opportunities considerably. An NVQ also enables you to apply for skilled status CSCS cards which are essential to your eligibility and authorisation to work on large construction sites. You will learn about complex building and trade procedures specific to your chosen trade, and prove your competence and knowledge with practical demonstrations across the trade. You’ll also learn and evidence health and safety practices and site/project management at level 3. Our trainers and assessors are all experienced in delivering effective NVQ and construction training. They will support and guide you through your qualification with competence and concise guidance.

What you'll learn

This course will involve one of our highly experienced assessors visiting you on-site frequently over the duration of your course. The assessor will task you to collect and collate the evidence required to satisfy the criteria of the NVQ qualification, thus proving your trade, skill and competency levels.
You will also be required to gather evidence to underpin your practical skills and evidence your understanding of the trade processes and construction safety.

Entry requirements

In order to be successful on this course you will need:

  • a completed level 2 NVQ qualification in the trade specialism and sufficient trade experience
  • English and maths at level 3 or above
  • exposure to the working tasks required to satisfy the NVQ qualification (this will be determined at interview).

Assessment will be through evidence collected during your course. There are no formal exams.

What's next?

Upon successful completion of this course, you may wish to progress to a higher education course in construction at the College. You could also benefit from enhanced employment opportunities in site management.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2017/18 (August 2017 – July 2018). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2018/19.


Course Code: OSW3

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: Not applicable to this course

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: £2000

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 This course is free for this age group
19 - 23 D(Note: If you do not have a level 3 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ D

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.