Bench Joinery / Site Carpentry Diploma Level 2

Cornwall College St Austell LEVEL: 2 Construction

This Level 2 Diploma is the most popular starting point for anyone interested in a career working with wood, in relation to the construction industry.

We offer a choice of specialist training, in bench joinery and site carpentry. Site carpentry focuses on woodwork essential to a construction site, and includes fitting flooring, roofing frame installation, partition wall construction and stair building. Bench joinery is predominantly more workshop based, where you make and prepare materials for installation on a construction site.

There is opportunity to cross over between the two disciplines if you start down one path but then decide it is not right for you. We recommend that all learners start at a Level 2 qualification as a minimum. There is also the option to move to an apprenticeship.



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Ideal if:

You wish to pursue a career working with wood within the construction industry.

You’ll need:

GCSEs in English and maths at grade 3 or above.

You’ll learn:

Essential skills in all aspects of health and safety and an introduction to the use of tools and machinery in wood occupations before progressing to the more advanced Level 3 qualification.


This one year course will allow you to build your confidence on practical assignments in our industry simulated scenarios as you learn how to make doors, windows or installation work on construction sites depending on which pathway you choose to take.

You’ll love:

Training in some of the best equipped workshops with state-of-the-art machinery.

You’ll go on to:

Our Site Carpentry Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 or employment in a junior role if you have gained your Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) accreditation.

Careers in this industry 

- Site carpenter
- Bench joiner
- Wood machinist
- Project manager
- Shop fitter
- Kitchen installer

Experienced carpenters and joiners can earn up to £40k per year."




Bench Joinery / Site Carpentry Diploma Level 2

Start Date

September 2019


St Austell


1 year

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.