Bench Joinery / Site Carpentry Diploma

Cornwall College Camborne | St Austell LEVEL: 3 Construction

If you are interested in working in the construction industry, specifically learning a wood trade 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.

We offer specialist training and qualifications in both bench joinery and site carpentry. 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.

Perfect if you wish to further advance your technical knowledge of site carpentry.


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Ideal if:

You are looking to gain professional employment in the construction industry in either bench joinery or site carpentry at technician level.

You’ll need:

GCSEs in English and maths at grade 4 or above and a relevant construction or wood occupations Level 2 qualification.

You’ll learn:

Skills such as:

  • Roofing techniques
  • Geometrical stairs
  • Curved joinery
  • Fixed flooring
  • Planning and pricing construction work
  • Manufacturing processes

As part of this course, you will also work towards gaining a CSCS accreditation that will allow you to work on any building site. By the end of the course you will be able to follow technical drawings and plans, calculate quantities and angles as well as make accurate measurements.


The programme runs for a year and assesses your knowledge and skills through regular assignments and projects as you build your understanding of more complex carpentry skills.

You’ll love:

The industry focus of this course giving you the skills for a successful carpentry career in the construction trade.

You’ll go on to:

University study such as our HNC or FdSc Construction & the Built Environment, a higher apprenticeship, a Level 4 senior crafts diploma or enter the workplace as a
qualified technician.

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 3

Start Date

September 2018




1 year

Bench Joinery / Site Carpentry Diploma - Level 3

Start Date

September 2018


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.