Carpentry & Joinery

This course has been designed to help students gain an intermediate level of underpinning knowledge and associated practical skills demanded of a Carpenter within the industry.

Progressing to Level 2 in Carpentry & Joinery will develop a greater practical skill base and underpin knowledge to position you for a career in construction.

Units covered:

  • Health, safety and welfare in construction and associated industries
  • Understanding information, quantities and communication with others
  • Understanding construction technology
  • Prepare and use carpentry & joinery portable power tools
  • Carry out first fixing
  • Carry out second fixing operations
  • Carry out structural car casing operations
  • Carry out maintenance to non-structural carpentry work.
Each theory unit has its own multiple choice test and practical assessments are set by the awarding body.

We will look to offer work experience wherever possible. In the past level 2 students have created and reconfigured areas within the College and potential apprenticeship opportunities with employers may arise.

On completion students can progress on to Level 3 Site Carpentry or onto a part time apprenticeship course on gaining suitable employment.

Level 1 – 3 x GCSES at grades E or level 2/3 (including English and Maths)

Explanation of entry requirements

Students need to have completed the Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry & Joinery or an equivalent course

Direct entry to L2 maybe possible with Grade C English and Maths but this will be dependant on numbers

  • Brickwork
  • Painting & Decorating

The course is free to 16 - 18 year olds.

Study Programme


All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

This means you will:

  • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
  • Participate in meaningful work experience
  • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
  • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development