Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Carpentry and Joinery - Level 3 Diploma (Bench Joinery)

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Course Code: FE0063-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time), Open to international students Campus: East Brighton Campus Start Date: September 2019 Qualification: City & Guilds Diploma in Bench Joinery Level 3 Awarding Body: City & Guilds UCAS Tariff: 33

If you’re interested in starting a career in Carpentry and Joinery or general construction, this vocational course is the perfect progression point to complete your formal training and prepare for your career as a carpenter.

Our newly built construction centre provides industry-standard facilities where you can learn the vital skills that employers are looking for in the construction industry. Our expert teachers aim to provide a fun and exciting course that will give you the confidence and knowledge to succeed as a carpenter or joiner, as well as an understanding of the construction sector.

Entry requirements

To study this Level 3 course you must have completed the Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery course.

Entry requirements

Course Units

  • First fix flooring and roofing  
  • Second fixing operations
  • First fix roofing and stairs
  • Second fixing double doors and mouldings
  • Set up and use fixed and transportable machinery
  • Organising, planning and pricing construction work
  • Health, safety and welfare in construction


Each one of the units ends with a multiple choice question paper and several practical exams. Principles of building and the health and safety exams are both online exams, these are also multiple choice.


  • Our new purpose-built construction centre will give you a unique training facility simulating a realistic environment.
  • Workshops are equipped with the full range of industry standard tools and machinery
  • Online access to resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • Cafés with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks
  • A travel agency and a hair and beauty salon, both open to the public

Why the MET?

This course takes place at our new purpose-built Construction and Trades Centre at the MET's East Campus.

The workshop facilities mirror real industry practice, using industry standard tools.

You will be taught by industry experienced teachers who have years of collective knowledge and experience between them.

You will also benefit from practical project work in the local community.

Work experience

Our Carpentry and Joinery department is well known in Brighton and the South East. We work closely with local businesses and maintain relationships with a wide range of employers.

You will have the opportunity to undertake a minimum of 30 hours work experience, which will provide knowledge and experience of the work place prior to entering employment.

Brighton MET is keen to offer our students work experience placements, particularly with the increasing importance for students to complete placements as part of their study programmes across all industry areas.

What's next?

You can progress to specialist part-time qualifications at Levels 2 and 3, or go onto a Level 4 construction course. 

This course can lead to the following careers:  

  • Residential or domestic carpenters: specialise in new builds; renovation extensions and loft conversions.  
  • Commercial carpenters: build and remodel commercial and public buildings such as offices, hospitals and shopping malls.
  • Industrial carpenters: work on civil engineering projects and in industrial settings; create and set forms for pouring concrete; build tunnel bracing; partitions and concrete forms for tunnels; bridges; dams; power plants or sewers.
  • Bench joiners: work in static workshops; create jointed pieces of carpentry; paying close attention to detail and following technical drawings and plans.

Kit costs

You are required to buy steel toe capped boots - this is a requirement for entry into the workshop area.

You will also need a lever arch folder, pens, pencils and a geometry set.  

Some financial help may be available on a means tested basis through our bursary team.

Kit costs
  • student Views Jordan Thomas Level 2 Bench Joinery

    “I have really enjoyed being a part of the carpentry Department. The tutors and other members of staff have been very supportive.”

  • alumni Views Jaz Alden Bench Joinery L2

    “The support I got from the carpentry team was outstanding.”

  • student Views Harri Loughlin Level 1 Carpentry & Joinery

    “The course has been really really good and I’ve learned loads.”

  • student Views Caius Scott-Hughes Level 2 Site Carpentry

    “I’ve really enjoyed my course, I’m learning new skills all the time”

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Potential Careers

Carpenter or joiner

Typical Tasks:

  • Examines drawings and specifications to determine job requirements.
  • Selects and measures appropriate wood and cuts, shapes and drills to specification using saws, planes, chisels and other power or hand tools.
  • Aligns and fixes prepared wood pieces by screwing, nailing, gluing and dowelling to form frames, shop fronts, counter units, decking, theatrical sets, furniture, small wooden craft, scale models and wooden templates.
  • Checks accuracy of work with square, rule and spirit level.
  • Maintains and repairs woodwork and fittings.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 4.5% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.

ENTRY £16,049

AVERAGE £23,303


Desired Skills:
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Active Listening
  • Science
  • Writing
  • Reading Comprehension
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