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Technical Certificate in Architectural Joinery - Level 2


This Level 2 Study Programme in Architectural Joinery is aimed at those looking to work in the construction industry, specifically as an architectural joiner. An architectural joiner has the skills and knowledge to make timber products such as doors, frames and windows and therefore plays an important role within the construction team.

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Entry requirements

A minimum of Grade 4 GCSE English and maths and / or successful completion of the City & Guilds Level 1 Study Programme in Carpentry & Joinery

Consideration will be given to 19+ learners who may not have formal qualifications but industry experience. Relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject you wish to study may be acceptable for certain courses.

You will also need to supply a written reference either from a recent education institution or employer. This will need to be uploaded to your myVISION account by the end of May. If you are not able to gain a reference, please contact for further advice.


Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20211 yr(s)1575A1059FREE£500.00** EApply
Sep 20211 yr(s)1575A102FREETBCApply

E You may be eligible for fee exemption depending on your circumstances. Please see our adult finance and funding page for more information.

How long is the course?

  One year.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be carried out in both the classroom (theory based units) via written assessments/presentations and the workshop (practical based units) via synoptic assessments of practical work using suitable industry standard tools and materials.

What does the course lead to?

Upon successful completion you could gain employment in the construction industry.


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What will I study?

This one year full time qualification covers a wide range of knowledge and skills required for working as an advanced craft site carpenter. You will learn the practical skills specific to site carpentry as well as about the industry itself,  the principles of constructing buildings and the types of information used in building design and construction. You will learn about the health, safety and environmental issues you may face whilst working on construction sites as well as how to communicate with others on the job, including supervisory skills such as planning, organising and the pricing of work.

It covers the following skills:

  • 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
  • Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

Achievement of this qualification demonstrates to an employer that you have the necessary technical skills and knowledge they are looking for when recruiting for a technical joinery apprentice. This may be working for a house-building company, a property development company or working as part of a small business repairing and refurbishing buildings.

How do I apply?

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