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Milnthorpe Road Campus


“It is good for the soul to create with our hands.” This is probably why some trade workers, including those working in construction, plumbing and electricity, are some of the happiest in the UK according to a new survey.

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Course Overview

The Level 2 Technical Certificate in Architectural Joinery will offer you an excellent foundation in Joinery and the Building Industry. This course usually takes place over 3 days per week.

Skills gained on the course that can be transferable to other trade areas include: measuring and application of number, problem solving skills, hand and power tool experience, develop a knowledge of woodworking machinery and knowledge of building principles including communicating with different people within a working environment.

This City & Guilds course offers a sound basic knowledge of Architectural Joinery, including:
- Health, Safety and Welfare in the Construction Industry
- Principles of Construction
- Planning and preparation for Architectural Joinery production
- Use of woodworking machinery
- Architectural Joinery component production
- Assembly and finish of architectural Joinery products

Practical sessions will cover basic joint construction initially which will develop to completing projects using a range of hand and power tools and progress to machinery. The key projects will be focused on Doors, Windows and Staircase construction.

Students are taught in small dynamic groups of around 10-15 learners at a time by skilled industry professionals. Learners are assessed on practical skills and these are then developed in the workshop environments. In the classroom the learner's level of ability dictates the speed and content of the lesson. We have in class assistants available to offer anyone help should they require it.

This course will be part of a wider study programme, which may also include English & Maths, work placement and additional studies. There may be industry related trips, local employer involvement and guest lectures.

You will be assessed by oral questioning at the end of each practical task and, multi choice unit end tests which lead to a final practical Synoptic Assignment with written self reflection, and an end of course Multiple Choice Exam. Continual assessment is made of both theoretical and practical work, giving the opportunity for candidates to demonstrate a range of practical competencies in the workplace (college based simulation) against industry standard.

Some home study will be required on this course.

Entry Requirements

You need to demonstrate that you are working at Entry Level 3/GCSE Grade 1 (or above) in Maths and English. An interview will be required, and initial assessments/transition visits may form part of the offer process.

If you have taken an alternative educational route and wish to discuss entry to this programme, please contact the college to discuss your individual circumstances.

You will be required to purchase a City & Guilds Site Carpentry & Architectural Joinery Level 2 Textbook prior September. Have the appropriate PPE including workshop clothing, safety boots, ear defenders and eye goggles. Tools are not required however you may bring your own as the course progresses. A tape measure and maths drawing set (rule, set squares, compass) is recommended.

Any trips will be an additional cost and discussed as planned.

After Your Course

The Level 2 Technical Certificate in Architectural Joinery will give you the necessary skills and knowledge to progress on to the Level 3 Technical Certificate of Architectural Joinery or a Level 2 Carpentry & Joinery Apprenticeship.



The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses and per course for part-time courses.

There may be other costs associated with this course, e.g. kit, equipment, books, trips etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.

Courses Fees

The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2023/24 academic year.

Entry Level, Level 1 & Level 2 Courses

You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a government-funded qualification if any of the below apply to you:

  • Have an annual salary of less than £20,319.
  • Receive an eligible means-tested benefit, e.g. JSA, ESA or Universal Credit.
  • Are aged 16-18 on 31/08/23 and are not studying at another school/college.
  • Are aged 19 or over on 31/08/23 and do not already have a Level 1, 2 or 3 qualification.
  • Have a household income under £35,000 and are in financial hardship.

See the Student Money pages for more information.