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Wood Occupations (Bench Joinery)

Course Code: OSI3

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

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About the course

Would you like to be a joiner and learn how to create pieces such as doors, windows and stairs? Joinery is a skill and an art. It takes a lot of practice and patience to produce a high standard of work that can be used in today’s ever-growing construction industry. And with 10,000 construction jobs expected in Plymouth by 2020, those skills will be in demand! This level 3 City and Guilds Bench Joinery course at City College Plymouth will ensure you’ll learn skills that can set you on your path to a career in the construction industry. You’ll be working with the latest technologies, using and setting up power tools.


What you'll learn

You will study the following subjects:
• health and safety
• construction technology
• setting out joinery items
• marking out joinery items
• manufacturing joinery items
• use and maintain 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 order to be successful on this course, you will need to have achieved a level 2 qualification in construction and have produced a drawing for an Institute of Carpenters piece of work. If possible, you will need to have made the piece, but this is not essential.


Most of your assessments will be under simulated industry working conditions, in the workshops and classrooms. Additionally, there is one externally set exam.

What's next?

On successful completion of the course, you may move on to a job in the construction industry or another construction course at the College.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.

Please note; this course is run subject to numbers. If you would like to apply, please complete an application form and we'll be in touch with a date for you to start the course.