Carpentry and Joinery | City & Guilds Diploma in Site Carpentry | Level 2

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Course Code: FE0091-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: East Brighton Campus Entry requirements: To study at Level 2 you must have completed the Level 1 Carpentry and Joinery course. Qualification: City & Guilds Diploma in Site Carpentry Level 2 Awarding Body: City & Guilds

Why this course?

At Level 2 you will choose to specialise in either Site Carpentry or Bench Joinery.

Studying Site Carpentry at Brighton MET is fun, exciting and will give you the skills, confidence and underpinning knowledge to progress on to one of our Level 3 courses.

This vocational course is the perfect starting point for a career in carpentry. You will gain an understanding of construction in a wider context and learn the vital skills needed to become a site 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.

You must complete the Level 1 course to start the Level 2 qualification.

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 at Level 2 you must have completed the Level 1 Carpentry and Joinery course.

For Level 1 you are required to have at least two GCSEs at grade 2 or above, preferably including English and maths.

Level 1 and Level 2 are both 1 year courses.

Entry requirements

Course Units

Site carpentry topics include:

  • First fix flooring and roofing 
  • Second fixing operations
  • First fix frames, partitions and stairs
  • Carpentry maintenance
  • Principles of building construction, information and communication
  • Health, safety and welfare in construction

Why the Met?

This course takes place at our state-of-the-art 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

    Multiple choice exams, written and online and practical 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?

Upon successful completion of this Level 2 course you will be able to progress on to further study, start an apprenticeship or seek employment.

Future 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 and finance

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. 

Unemployed/Benefit Waiver and Level 2 Entitlement

This course is free if you meet the following criteria:

  • You may not have to pay any fees if you will be aged 19 or over when you begin this course and:
  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status. 


  • You are in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • OR you are receiving a means tested benefit, earning less than £345 per month (take home) if you are a sole claimant or £552 a month if you have a joint claim with your partner, and are completing the course to improve your employability
  • OR if you are working and earn less than £18,525 per year (gross pay)
  • You will need to provide evidence and sign a declaration when you enrol.

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

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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