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Wood Occupations (Site Carpentry)

Course Code: DIW2

Level: 2
Subject area: Construction & the Building Trades
Awarding body: CSkills
Qualification: Diploma
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One year

About the course

Practical carpentry and joinery skills are in high demand and our hands-on CSkills woodworking course at City College Plymouth will develop your basic skills further. We will expand and improve your planning, managing and organising skills, and show you how to avoid work-related accidents and unnecessary risks. You will learn how to get along with many different people in different situations, particularly when under pressure and working to deadlines.

What you'll learn

The main subjects covered include:

  • carrying out safe working practices
  • information, quantities and communicating with others
  • building methods and construction technology
  • carrying out first fixing operations
  • carrying out second fixing operations
  • erecting structural carcassing
  • carrying out maintenance
  • setting up and operating a circular saw.

Your individualised study programme will be made up of the following four areas:

  • the qualification you are studying
  • English and maths
  • work experience
  • other activities to develop your personal skills e.g. preparing you for employment, training or higher/further education.
Entry requirements

In our experience in order to be successful on this level of course you will need one of the following:

  • four GCSEs at grades 3-1 (D-F), including English and maths
  • a BTEC foundation diploma in a related subject
  • an NVQ level 1 / technical certificate in a related subject
  • successful completion of the Gateway / Newstart course
  • successful completion of the PLP / Prince’s Trust course
  • equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

You will be continually assessed to the industrial standards set by the lead body, Construction Skills, and sit an external end of course exam.

What's next?

On successful completion you may progress to the Level 3 Diploma in Wood Occupations at the College, an Apprenticeship in the sector, or employment as a fully qualified carpenter or joiner to increase your site experience.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2022/23 (August 2022 – July 2023). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2023/24.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: DIW2

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £999

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: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 This course is free for this age group
19 - 23 A(Note: If you do not have a level 2 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ A

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.