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Level 3 Carpentry and Joinery

Level 3 Carpentry and Joinery

Course Content

This is a core and options apprenticeship, with two pathways:

Pathway 1: An Advanced Site Carpenter will normally work on a building site, or in domestic and commercial premises, preparing and installing complex and often bespoke building components e.g. high quality doors, shaped linings, staircases with turns, complex wall and floor units, erecting bespoke structural carpentry (inclined roofs and joists) and erecting complex roof structures (e.g. inclined roofs with hips, valleys and dormers).
Pathway 2: An Advanced Architectural Joiner will normally be employed in a workshop, producing complex building components by setting out, marking out and manufacturing bespoke architectural products (e.g. doors, windows, staircases with turns and panelling/cladding). 

Core Skills and Competencies (both pathways)

  • Work safely and pro-actively in the application of good health and safety practice in their work area, to protect self and others.
  • Understand the programme and work schedule for their work area and plan their work accordingly.
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with managers, supervisors and work colleagues.
  • Determine the best way of carrying out the work and ensure this is communicated clearly to colleagues.
  • Interpret technical specifications and ensure compliance with legislation/guidance relevant to the work being done.
  • Select the required quantity and quality of resources required for carrying out complex and non-standard work, including timber, tools and fixings.
  • Be prepared to take a lead when working in a team, especially when complex or non-standard work is involved.

Core Knowledge (both pathways)

On completion of this apprenticeship, advanced carpentry and joinery workers will have the same knowledge as a carpenter and joiner, but also be able to:

  • Understand, in more detail, the key aspects of health, safety and welfare good practice and how to apply these to create a safe and healthy working environment.
  • Understand how to plan and carry out work effectively, taking into account complex environmental and task related challenges.
  • Understand how to develop and maintain excellent working relationships with others.
  • Understand how to access data needed to plan and execute work tasks accurately, including an understanding of Building Information Modelling (BIM.) and its impact on construction projects.
  • Understand their broader responsibilities under current legislation and guidance in undertaking construction work.

Understand the importance of team working and being prepared to take a lead.


What qualification will I achieve?

  • Along with the successful completion of the advanced Carpentry and joiner standard the apprentice will achieve a Level 3 National Vocational Qualification in their chosen pathway.
    Pathway 1: NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Wood Occupations – Site Carpentry
    Pathway 2: NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Wood Occupations – Architectural Joinery

How long is the course?

  • This apprenticeship standard is generally completed within 12-15 months.

How will I learn?

  • The apprenticeship will largely take place at the site of the employer, using day to day working activities to underpin knowledge that is learnt. A portion of the apprenticeship will take place at Furness College through classroom based learning. This is likely to be as part of a day release from the employer.

What subjects will I study?

Advanced Apprentice Level 2 Units studied may include: workplace safety, efficient work practices, moving and handling resources, applying plaster materials to external surfaces, fixing dry lining and plasterboard products to interiors, forming sand and cement screeds, producing plaster components, applying plaster materials in interior surfaces and positioning and securing fibrous plaster components. Advanced Apprentice Level 3 Units studied may include: Analysing technical information, quantities and communication with others, analysing the construction industry and built environment, applying plaster materials to produce complex internal surfaces, applying render to produce complex external surfaces, health, safety and welfare in construction and associated industries and preparing and running in-situ moulds.

How will I be assessed?

  • At the end of the apprenticeship students will be expected to take part in an end point assessment. Here they will have a synoptic end test which will cover the knowledge and skills gained from their apprenticeship and a practical assessment. Throughout the apprenticeship, students will also build up a portfolio of work for discussion, which will compromise of evidence produced in the work place to show the apprentice has met the knowledge, skills and behaviours detailed in the standard.

Are there any additional costs?

You will need boots, overalls, stationery and drawing equipment.

Entry Requirements

What are the entry requirements?

  • Individual employers set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include 5 GCSEs, including Maths and English, although some employers will accept other relevant qualifications and experience, including a relevant Level 2 qualification. Apprentices without English or Maths at Level 2 must achieve this prior to taking the end point assessment.

Can I get more information?

For more information please contact us: T: 01229 825017 E: info@furness.ac.uk www.furness.ac.uk


Typical job roles

This apprenticeship is aimed at people currently in the below role or seeking employment in the below roles.

  • Advanced Site Carpenter
  • Advanced Architectural Joiner

What opportunities will this lead to?

Progression comes in a variety of ways after achieving the apprenticeship, which are:

  • Progression onto HE Learning
  • •Progression onto Higher Apprenticeship levels
  • The potential for advancement in their job role
  • The achievement of this standard will meet the requirements of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Advanced Skilled Worker standard which is widely recognised as a licence to operate in a skilled construction trade.

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