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Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry

Course Level: 

Level 2

Job opportunities after this course: 

Carpenters and joiners work on new builds, refurbishment, restoration, repair and maintenance of properties. Examples of careers available include: site carpenter/joiner, hospital building, shop fitting, kitchen fitter, handy person, maintenance person, joiners shop/hardware store, timber merchants, making wooden windows, doors, kitchens etc.

Overview of the course: 

The main focus of the level 2 programme is to develop practical skills needed for industry and enhance underpinning knowledge of relevant industrial processes and techniques. These will be delivered in a workshop environment for practical sessions and classroom based for theory sessions and academic tutorial. also incorporated into the study programme will be functional skills (maths & English), tutorial, work experience, academic tutorial and relevant trips & guest visits.

Entry requirements: 

Completion of Level 1 to merit or distinction standard and to pass the required practical skills test, to be working at level 1 for both maths and English. You will be interviewed by course staff and as part of the admissions procedure you will undertake initial assessments in literacy, numeracy and practical skills (unless progressing from level 1). Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.

Our entry requirements are in place to support our students in achieving the qualifications they have chosen to study. Following changes in the assessment and grading of GCSE’s as a result of Covid-19, all new full-time students will be regularly assessed by East Durham College at an early stage in their study programme. This is to ensure that students are enrolled onto courses which suit their abilities – following assessment, there may be occasions when learners are transferred to a relevant course at a higher or lower level in order to ensure they are enrolled onto the right course for them to achieve success.


For this award you will study six units (if you have completed a level). When candidates have passed all six units, they must then pass a phase test and a job knowledge test. The job knowledge test is set externally but completed online at the College. The practical end tests you will undertake in the workshop upon successful completion of the units below.

Units for the qualification consist of:

• Understanding information and communication

• Understanding construction technology

• Carrying out first fixing operations

• Carrying out second fixing operations

• Carrying out structural carcassing

• Carrying out maintenance to carpentry work

How is the course assessed?: 

The programme is assessed via online exams and practical test pieces for each unit.

Further study options after this course: 

Level 3/NVQ/Apprenticeship

Length of the course: 

1 Year approx. 3 days per week This full time study programme courses may also be available to study on a part-time basis if you are aged 18 or over on 31st August. Please check with Student Services for more details.


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2021


Free if you are under the age of 19 on the 31st August 2021

Free if you are aged 19-23 on 31st August 2021 and do not already have a full Level 2 qualification – contact us to check your qualifications

Free if you are unemployed and in receipt of eligible benefits – contact us to check if you are eligible

Free if you are employed and your income is less than £17,004

If you do not meet the above criteria and need to pay fees they are:


Flexible payment options are available, please speak to Student Services.

*you must have been a legal resident of the UK/EU for the last 3 years

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (11 Oct 2021 12:15) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

How to apply: 

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Alternatively, if you need assistance with your application or you would like to apply over the phone or using a paper-based application form, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

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