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Craft Carpentry and Joinery (Architectural Joinery) - Advanced Apprenticeship


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 carpenter and 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. The main differences between a level 2 site carpenter / architectural joiner, and a level 3 advanced site carpenter / architectural joiner are that the advanced carpenter / joiner has responsibility for managing their own and other people’s work, as well as being required to complete complex and non-standard work. Examples of complex tasks include curved products, irregular joints and bespoke work. This is a core and options apprenticeship, with two pathways: Pathway 1: 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 e.g. high quality doors, shaped linings, staircases with turns, complex wall and floor units, erecting bespoke structural carpentry (inclined roofs and joists) and erecting complex roof structures (e.g. inclined roofs with hips, valleys and dormers). Pathway 2: 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 (e.g. doors, windows, staircases with turns and panelling/cladding).  ,

Next course dates

Start date Location Duration / Fees
01 Sep 2023
Bispham Campus
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01 Jan 2024
Bispham Campus
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01 Apr 2024
Bispham Campus
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01 Aug 2024
Bispham Campus
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Where can this subject lead?

Career progression

On completion of this standard, apprentice will progress to a wide range of employment opportunities, or move onto full or part-time further education.

The achievement of this standard will meet the requirement of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) ‘Advanced Skilled Worker’ standard, which is widely recognised as a ‘licence to operate’ in a skilled construction trade.

Key information

Entry Requirements

Level 3 advanced apprentices will progress from a level 2 apprenticeship, or be able to demonstrate the same knowledge, skills and competency levels.

Apprentices must achieve a Level 3 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) to demonstrate competency in their chosen occupation.

NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Wood Occupations – Architectural Joinery

Apprentices must complete, or have previously completed, recognised English and Mathematics Level 2 qualifications.

Please note: Where wearing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is a mandatory requirement of the course, it is the responsibility of the learner to ensure that they are able to wear such equipment. Further information can be obtained at the IAG session which all applicants are invited to or by calling Course Enquiries on 01253 504343.

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

PPE must be worn within the workshop at all times by the apprentice, hard hats high visibility vests will be provided by the College. The apprentice must arrive to College with a pair of steel toe cap boots.

Terms and Conditions

Read our full terms and conditions.

What will I learn?

Learning and Teaching Methods

This apprenticeship will identify and improve your skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to become a fully qualified architectural joiner at level 3 

Twenty percent of the course is day release teaching and training in the college.

Eighty percent is on site at work place for the NVQ competency

Varied teaching methods are used in order to develop high level sector specific skills. Practical skills and competency will be supported and assessed by the assessor. The functional skills element of the qualification is delivered by specialist teachers, who will provide support either in the college environment or within the work place. 

By the end of the apprenticeship, you will be able to demonstrate your skills, knowledge and behaviours.

Additional learning support is available if required

Industry Placement and Field Trips

You will be employed but may visit different building sites and be asked to enter completions. 

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of adult education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.