Bench Joinery Diploma level 2

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Course Overview

This course is designed to offer progression from the Carpentry and Joinery Diploma level 1, Construction Skills Diploma Level 1 or equivalent and will allow you to further develop and practice the skills required for employment and/or a career as an Architectural (Bench) Joiner in the construction sector. You must supply safety footwear/clothing and an identified toolkit. Technical drawing equipment and stationery are also necessary.

If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven’t already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

This is a level 2 Technical Certificate in Architectural (Bench) Joinery. This qualification covers all the main skills and knowledge you will need to progress to further learning and training or to enter the world of work as an Architectural (Bench) Joiner. You will study the following mandatory content:

Principles of construction
Planning and preparation for architectural joinery production
Use of woodworking machinery
Architectural joinery component production
Assembly and finishing of architectural joinery products

Learning will take place in classrooms (theory) and bespoke workshops for practical activities and assessments.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance in your last place of study or work. A GCSE in both English and maths at grade 3 or above, plus an additional two GCSE’s grade 3 or above including a Technology/Design based subject.

If you have previously studied with us will need to have attained either a Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery, or a Level 1 Diploma in Construction Skills, plus English and maths at grade 2 minimum or the equivalent Functional Skills.

Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.

All students will undertake a probationary period for the first six weeks of their programme. During this time, attendance, attitude, attainment and application towards study will be monitored. A final decision as to the most appropriate level and the outcome will be discussed with you towards the end of your probationary period.

How you will be assessed

To gain this qualification, you must successfully achieve the following assessments:
One externally set, externally moderated assignment (practical assessment)
One externally set externally marked exam sat under examination conditions.
There is also an employer involvement element to this qualification that is required in order to achieve the Technical Certificate.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Tuition Fees (19+): £2250.00

Additional Costs

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) plus an identified tool kit will require purchasing. The approximate combined cost of £125. Previous Leicester College students may only require a top-up tool kit at a reduced cost. Individuals will also require stationery. There is a materials fee applicable to this course. There may be an additional examination registration fee of approximately £150 if applicable. Re-sits for applicable examinations are chargeable.

Material Fees



If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

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What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a welcome event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you.

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