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Wood Occupations

Course Code: AP2, AP3

Subject area: Construction & the Building Trades
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One - two years

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About the course

Are you looking for on-the-job training leading to a job as a carpenter, woodworker or joiner in the construction industry? Are you more hands on than academic? Have you ever seen the result of someone’s DIY at home and thought you could do a better job? The intermediate and advanced Apprenticeships in Wood Occupations at City College Plymouth are a great route to a construction career if you want to combine a job in a local company with on-the-job training. As an intermediate apprentice, you’ll complete a suite of GCSE level qualifications whilst learning on-the-job and earning a wage with a local company.  You will need to have an eye for detail and good maths skills for measuring and working out angles. You’ll also need to be able to follow technical drawings and plans. As an advanced apprentice you will gain valuable experience and occupational competence within your workplace setting. You will be employed and, under supervision, your job would include working in either large building sites, private houses or commercial premises. You will need to achieve a set number of credits from completing mandatory units and a selection of optional units. By the end of your Apprenticeship you will have evidenced competence in the specified range of vocational skills. You’ll achieve a suite of qualifications including an NVQ in Wood Occupations, functional skills and a technical certificate in either bench joinery or site carpentry, depending on the pathway you choose. Carpentry is not an easy option – there’s a lot of hard work involved, but this can lead to a rewarding career and a trade you can use for life.

What you'll learn
  • NVQ in Wood Occupations
  • A choice of one out of two occupation routes can be pursued in site carpentry or bench joinery.
  • Functional Skills in maths and English.
  • Technical certificate: Diploma in Bench Joinery or Site Carpentry.
  • Additional requirements: Employment Responsibilites & Rights (ERR) programme of study.
  • Personal Learning and thinking skills (PLTS) – Independent enquiry, creative thinking, reflective thinking, team working, self-management and effective participation.
Entry requirements

Acceptance on this Apprenticeship will be through completion of
functional skills entry assessments and a vocational assessment carried
out by the engineering team at the College. In order to undertake the advanced Apprenticeship, previous experience working in construction and a level 2 qualification will be useful.


Assessment is continuous both on and off the job. There are some exams and practical assessments.

What's next?

On successful completion, you may wish to continue your studies by moving onto a higher level Apprenticeship or course. You could also benefit from greatly enhanced job opportunities, whether with your current employer or elsewhere.

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.

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. All you have to do is complete and return an application form and our Work-based Learning Team will be in touch.