Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Carpentry and Joinery - City & Guilds Diploma in Bench Joinery Level 3

This course will further develop your carpentry skills and prepare you for employment in the carpentry industry or further study.

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Key information

Course code: B06543 Course type: 16-19 (full-time), Full-time, International Duration: 1 Year Start date: September 2018 Entry requirements: Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery End qualification: City & Guilds Diploma in Bench Joinery Level 3 Awarding body: City & Guilds UCAS tariff: 33 Course location: Brighton Metropolitan College, East Campus Assessment: three core subject areas: 201Health, safety and welfare in construction 207Carry out first fix flooring and roofing 209Carry out second fixing operations 301Principles of organising, planning and pricing construction work 306Carry out first fix roofing and stairs 307Carry out second fixing double doors and mouldings 308Set up and use fixed and transportable machinery 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. Eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

Course aims and areas

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 industry experienced teachers aim to provide a fun and exciting course that will give you the confidence to succeed.

You will gain a wide range of skills and knowledge to give you a greater understanding of construction in a wider context as well as giving you the vitals of carpentry and joinery.

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

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.

Entry Requirements

Specific entry requirements may vary depending on the type of course and the level of entry. Click here to find out more about entry requirements for our 16-19 (full-time) courses.

All 16-19 (full-time) courses require an application review meeting. This is a chance for us to talk through your choice of choice and ensure it's right for you.

There are specific CEFR proficiency requirements for international students.

Course Costs

All 16-19 (full-time) courses are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31 August 2017. The only fees you have to pay are for specialist resources and equipment. The cost of these varies from £25 to £300 depending upon the subject you are studying.

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How to apply

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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 going in to 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. 

This is an exciting opportunity for employers and students alike to gain something valuable with long term benefits for the business and for students.

What's next?

You can progress to specialist part-time qualifications at Levels 2 and 3, or to 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.

  • 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

You are required to buy steel toe capped boots as 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.

  • 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.”

    Jordan Thomas
  • alumni Views Jaz Alden Bench Joinery L2

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

    Jaz Alden
  • student Views Harri Loughlin Level 1 Carpentry & Joinery

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

    Harri Loughlin
  • student Views Caius Scott-Hughes Level 2 Site Carpentry

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

    Caius Scott-Hughes
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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

793 Available opportunities 4.5% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 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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