Where will this course lead?

This course is ideal for you if you wish to become an Advanced Site Carpenter or Advanced Architectural Joiner and you are progressing from the Level 2 Carpentry & Joinery Apprenticeship, or have previous experience and are working in an associated supervisory role, which provides support for qualified professionals.

The occupation involves carrying out advanced skilled work, primarily using timber products, either on a construction site or in a workshop, creating and installing building components. The Advanced Site Carpenter and Advanced Architectural Joiner is able to undertake complex job tasks, requiring high levels of practical skills and knowledge, in addition to managing their own work and leading small teams.

An Advanced Site Carpenter will normally work on a building site, or in domestic and commercial premises, preparing and installing complex and often bespoke building components, such as: high quality doors, shaped linings, staircases with turns, complex wall and floor units, erecting bespoke structural carpentry (e.g. inclined roofs and joists) and erecting complex roof structures (e.g. inclined roofs with hips, valleys and dormers).

An Advanced Architectural Joiner will normally be employed in a workshop, producing complex building components by setting out, marking out and manufacturing bespoke architectural products, such as: doors, windows, staircases with turns and panelling/cladding.

What will I study?

You will study the knowledge, skills and behaviours as set out within the apprenticeship standard, which will include the following subjects…

Advanced Site Carpentry Pathway

· Conforming to general health, safety and welfare

· Confirming the occupational method of work

· Confirming work activities and resources for an occupational work area

· Installing bespoke first fixing components

· Installing bespoke second fixing components

· Developing and maintaining good occupational working relationships

· Erecting structural carcassing components

· Erecting complex roof structure carcassing components

· Maintaining non-structural or structural components

Advanced Architectural Joinery Pathway

· Conforming to general health, safety and welfare

· Confirming the occupational method of work

· Confirming work activities and resources for an occupation work area

· Manufacturing bespoke architectural joinery products

· Developing and maintaining good occupational working relationships

· Manufacturing route architectural joinery products

· Marking out from setting out details for routine architectural joinery products

· Producing CAD setting out details

· Producing setting out details for bespoke architectural joinery products

· Setting up and using fixed machinery

How will this course be delivered?

You will receive comprehensive training at work and attend college on a day-release basis. From the beginning of your course, your college-appointed assessor coach will prepare you for the End Point Assessment (EPA), by building a portfolio of evidence with you. The assessor coach will visit you in the workplace at regular intervals and support you with your on-programme progression. Within theory classes you will have knowledge assessments and within skills workshops, you will undergo practical skills assessments, which will all go into your portfolio of evidence and prepare you for your final EPA.

This will give you the opportunity to do real work, developing work-based skills that employers' value and helping you to progress in your chosen career.

What qualifications will I get?

· Level 3 Advanced Carpentry & Joinery Apprenticeship Standard - Advanced Site Carpenter or Advanced Architectural Joiner

· Level 2 Functional Skills Maths and English (if required)

How will I be assessed?

Knowledge and learning outcomes will be assessed via externally set 'on-screen' assessments, along with a range of assignments, projects and written assessments, covering theory and practical skills.

Workplace skills will be assessed in the workplace and the apprentice will complete a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates their ability against set assessment criteria.

How do I get a place on the course?

In order to gain a place on this course, applicants must meet the entry criteria and attend a formal interview. All applications are to be submitted via the college website:


If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please let us know when you apply. If you need help with completing your application and at interview, we can provide support:


What are the entry requirements?

To secure a place of study on the Level 3 Advanced Carpentry & Joinery programme, the minimum entry requirements are as follows:

· Level 2 Carpentry & Joinery Apprenticeship Standard

· English GCSE Grade 4/C, Level 2 Functional Skills, or equivalent

· Mathematics GCSE Grade 4/C, Level 2 Functional Skills, or equivalent

· Be at least 16 years of age

You must also be employed in a relevant field (as indicated above) for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

What else do I need to know?

There are no direct additional costs for this course, but you may want to purchase some text books for further reading. A suggested reading list will be supplied at the beginning of your course; however, we also have a wide selection of library books and electronic books for you to use too. You will be expected to supply your own stationery, such as folders, pens and paper. A scientific calculator is required and a set of mathematical instruments, including a protractor and compass. Connection to the internet is expected, but facilities are available at College to do this if necessary. Please contact the Employer Services Team for more information regarding funding and costs: apprenticeships@solihull.ac.uk

Please note that employers are responsible for providing, replacing and paying for the apprentice's Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which is required for training in our workshop environments.

What can I do after this course?

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, you can:

· Continue your employment in the industry


· Progress onto higher level qualifications through the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to become a Team Leader or Operations Manager.



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The career paths provided are to give you an idea of the careers that you could progress onto in the future. However, for some, you may need to complete higher level qualifications and gain experience before your dream job becomes a reality. The information provided is to support further research and to generate some initial career ideas when choosing a course. Please check entry requirements to degree courses, apprenticeships, and jobs as this may vary from year to year and across providers. For further advice and guidance, please contact: careers@solihull.ac.uk.