Site Carpentry

This course is the Level 2 Diploma in Carpentry.

During the course, you will study theoretical aspects of the subject and apply them to practical tasks. This includes the following modules:
– The principles of construction
– Structural carpentry
– Non-structural carpentry prior to plastering
– Non-structural carpentry following plastering
– Timber technology and the use of circular saw

The units are designed so that you learn the underlying principles and practical skills involved, whilst gaining an overview of the principles of construction, building technology and terminology used.

You will also undertake structured work experience or work placements within a suitable business.

This practical-based training is ideal preparation for gaining employment as a craftsperson in site carpentry or further specialist study.

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Select from the start date/s below…

Sep 2024 : North Devon : Full-time
Course Code : FTB641 (2024)
Level : Level 2
Duration : 36 Weeks
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Sep 2024 : Tiverton : Full-time
Course Code : FTT313 (2024)
Level : Level 2
Duration : 36 Weeks
Tiverton Campus Apply

Course details


To achieve the Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry you must successfully complete both mandatory assessment components which include theory exam, synoptic assignment and employer involvement.

Entry Requirements

All entrants must hold four GCSEs at grade 3 or equivalent (or above), preferably including GCSE Maths and English. If you do not have a GCSE grade 4 in Maths and/or English you will continue studying these subjects alongside your chosen course(s). At the end of the year, you are expected to have completed and achieved all the components of your Level 2 Study Programme and improved your Maths and English skills before progressing to your next level course


The Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry could lead to a job as a site carpenter, working for a house building company, a property development company, or as part of a small business repairing and refurbishing buildings. It could also lead to an apprenticeship in site carpentry or further Level 3 training.

This qualification will allow you to progress into employment or onto the Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Site Carpentry. This will allow you to enhance the skills and knowledge that you have gained at Level 2, to progress into higher job roles such as an advanced craft site carpenter. This qualification could also lead you to an apprenticeship in construction. There are a number of new and exciting apprenticeships currently being developed in construction, including carpentry and joinery, so you could progress to be an apprentice working as a site carpenter.

Facilities and resources

Our workshops are fully equipped with hand tools, power tools and up-to-date machinery. Our classrooms are fully equipped with smart boards and other modern teaching and learning devices.

Study Programme

Every full-time student at Petroc will have their own Study Programme which will include:

– Your academic or vocational qualification.

– Maths and English Language development – if you have not achieved GCSE grade 4 in either of these subjects.

– Work Experience – hours will vary depending on your qualification and course level.

– Tutor Support – to support your personal, academic and professional development.

– Sustainability – helping you to identify how you can improve the sustainability of your future employment sectors.

– Personal Development Awards – developing six key areas of personal and employability behaviours to prepare you for the working world.

Why Petroc should be your first choice

Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community. 


Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments. 


We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.

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