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Building Trades | Carpentry & Joinery City & Guilds Certificate Level 2 | Northbrook MET

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Course Code: FE0268-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Broadwater Campus Qualification: City & Guilds Diploma in Site Carpentry Level 2 Awarding Body: City & Guilds

Why this course?

This fun and exciting course will give you the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for.

Through project work, assignments and site visits, this course will help you develop confidence, as well as skills such as customer service and an understanding of the construction industry, including environmental issues.

The course is taught by industry-experienced tradespeople and our facilities simulate real-work environments to help prepare you for employment as a professional carpenter.

Start dates

September 2019 Apply

Please note: Applications for courses starting in September 2020 will be processed in late October 2019.

Open events

Come along to one our open events to find out more about studying at the MET. You will be able to tour our facilities, meet our tutors, watch demonstrations and speak to current students.

These events take place in October and November from 5-7pm.

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

You can also apply for as many colleges and courses as you wish - so keep your options open!

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Entry requirements

In order to join this course, you need to have completed the City & Guilds Certificate in Construction Skills (Carpentry & Joinery) Level 1.

Entry requirements

Course content

  • Carry out first fix flooring and roofing
  • Carry out first fix frames, partitions and stairs
  • Carry out second fixing operations
  • Carry out carpentry maintenance
  • Set up and operate a circular saw
  • Health, safety and welfare
  • Construction information and communication

Why this course at the MET?

  • Newly refurbished workshops
  • Facilities simulate the real workplace
  • Professional tools and machinery
  • Industry-experienced staff
  • High tech classrooms
  • Excellent links with employers


Students practical and theory work is assessed throughout the year. Students are required to produce subject specific assignments for theory before taking exams to complete each unit.

Practical training projects are assessed before progressing to a practical test.


Further study and future careers

Further study

You can progress to a Level 3 qualification, which will cover  foremanship, running sites and setting up a business.

Future careers

  • Site carpenter
  • Apprentice
  • Self-employed builder
  • Residential/domestic carpenter
  • Commercial premises carpenter
  • Foreman
Further study and future careers

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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