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Construction Diploma: Bench Joinery (Level 3)

Key course information

Construction and Trades


35 weeks

Part time


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Course Overview

This course aims to extend the basic bench joinery skills already achieved at Level 2. This training programme includes practical and theory-based skills following the discipline of the Bench Joinery trade to meet recognised industrial standards.In addition there will be an element of theory relating to building methods and construction technology, quantities and communicating with others.

What will I learn?

The programme includes 8 units and a practical synoptic test. Units covered include: General health and safety in the workplace Efficient work practices Moving and handling resources Building methods Construction technology The subject specialised units include the set out, mark out and manufacture of various items of complex joinery items such as windows, doors and stairs. There is also a unit relating to the safe use of fixed and transportable machinery.

Entry Requirements

The Diploma Bench Joinery Level 3 is for anyone who has previously completed a Construction Diploma Level 2 course in the discipline of Bench Joinery.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

The course is based on continuous assessment of practical and theory, multi-choice, tests. These assessments are scheduled at regular intervals over the year after the associated period of training has been completed. In addition, a final qualification knowledge test, will need to be successfully passed. From time to time you may be given theory tasks to be completed as homework. In addition, following a period of absence, you will be expected to catch up with your theory work in your own time. If employment is gained during the period of training the Construction Diploma may be upgraded to an NVQ provided the candidate can submit an authenticated credible portfolio of work-based evidence. This portfolio may be in the form of a diary of activities that have been completed to the standards within the candidate’s workplace.

Additional Costs and Information

All materials, tools, equipment and learning packs are provided for this programme. Students will be expected to wear approved safety work boots in the workshop(s). Students will need to provide a tape measure, pens/pencils for lessons. In addition a course reference text book will need to be purchased for use within theory lessons; this book costs about £25.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Construction and Trades

Career Opportunities

  • Bricklayer
  • Installation Electrician
  • Painter or Decorator

  • Plumber
  • Carpenter
  • Fitter

Over the next 10 years, half a million employees are expected to retire from the construction industry

Two-thirds of construction companies claim they struggled to hire a carpenter due to a shortage of skilled workers

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