Carpentry and Joinery | City & Guilds Diploma in Site Carpentry Level 3

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Course Code: FE0063-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: East Brighton Campus Qualification: City & Guilds Diploma in Site Carpentry Level 3 Awarding Body: City & Guilds Funding: Eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

Why this course?

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 you for a career as a carpenter.

Our expert 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 broaden your knowledge to give you a greater understanding of construction in a wider context, as well as giving you the vitals of carpentry.

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.


Start dates

September 2022 Apply
September 2023 Apply
  • 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
  • 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.
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Entry requirements

To study on this Level 3 course you must have completed the Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry or Bench Joinery then follow the same route at Level 3.

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

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.


  • 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 .
  • Industry-experienced teachers and project work with the local community .
  • 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.
  • Assessment

    Practical assessments, online and multiple choice exams.

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.

This is an exciting opportunity for employers and students alike and gives both businesses and students the chance to gain something valuable with long-term benefits.

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.

Course fees

Course fees

This course is free (you do not have to pay fees) if:

  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status.
  • AND you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you are studying.

Level 3 Entitlement

This course is free if you meet the following criteria:

  •  You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status. 


  • If you will be aged 19-23 when your course begins and you have not already achieved a full Level 3 or higher, you may not have to pay any fees. 

Advanced Learner Loan

You may be eligible to apply for a loan to meet the course costs of your qualification fees. This is paid directly to the College on your behalf. For more information about Advanced Learner Loans, please click here.

Lifetime Skills Guarantee

The Lifetime Skills Guarantee is part of the government's National Skills Fund, designed to help adults to gain the skills they need for employment and to improve their job prospects.

If you are 19+ and this is your first full Level 3 qualification, you may be able to study this course for free. 

Subsidised fees

If the above does not apply to you, you may still be eligible for a subsidised fee. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704

Additional costs

Required materials

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.

Open events

Register your interest for our next open events taking place in 2023. It's an opportunity to explore our amazing facilities and hear from our expert teaching staff.


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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND 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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