Performing Carpentry Joinery and Painting Decorating Operations Diploma Level 2 – C8090

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Course Overview

This course is for you if you are interested in working on a construction site, but are not sure which area you want to work in, this level 2 qualification offers you the perfect opportunity to develop practical skills needed by some employers in the industry, whilst giving you a variety of trades to learn.

If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled in 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 programme and attend a Personal Development session.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

This is a level 2 diploma course which covers a range of hands on skills and tasks in the following areas: Carpentry Joinery and painting decorating. You will also study and gain knowledge and understanding in the following areas health safety and welfare, construction methods and techniques aligned to the chosen construction trades.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry to this course is one reference. It is desirable that you demonstrate a minimum of 90% attendance at your last place of study. A GCSE in both English and maths at grade 3 or above is also required, plus two further GCSEs at grade 3 or above including a design or technology-based subject.

How you will be assessed

During the first weeks, you will be assessed to make sure that the programme is the correct one for you and that you will be able to succeed. We will talk to you if there are any problems during these first 6 weeks.

Assessment is by students compiling a portfolio of evidence for each theory unit taken and completing a practical assessment for each trade area.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Tuition Fees (19+): £1250.00

Additional Costs

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and a Basic Tool Kit will require purchasing. Approximate combined cost of £90. Basic stationery is required. There is a materials fee applicable to this course. 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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Course and Career progression

The primary aim of this qualification is to help prepare you to progress into further learning and training to prepare you to work on a construction site. You may take the qualification as part of a pre-apprenticeship programme or a traineeship. Once you have studied the qualification, you should be in a position to decide which construction trade area you would like to specialise in. You could then consider progressing on to study further study programme’s or into an apprenticeship.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website, or if your school uses the Positive Steps @16 (PS16) application system please apply through this and speak to your careers advisor if you are unsure. You will need details of your qualifications and employment history, 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/Interview 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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