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Site Carpentry Level 3 Diploma

Course Overview

This Site Carpentry Level 3 Diploma course has been designed to develop your skills and knowledge to enable you to work in your chosen field within the carpentry industry. During this course you will learn how to erect complex structural carcassing components, how to maintain non-structural and structural components, and how to set up and use fixed and transportable machinery.


This course is based at our state-of-the-art Construction Skills Centre at our Somer Valley Campus.

What topics are covered?

Units include:

  • Principles of organising, planning and pricing construction work
  • Second fixing double doors and mouldings
  • Setting up and using fixed and transportable machinery
  • Carry out first fix roofing and stairs


As a full-time student at Bath College, you will follow a study programme consisting of a vocational diploma, maths and English, employability skills, volunteering and tutorial. Please visit our Study Programmes page for details.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is most suited for people aged 16-18 and may also meet the needs of mature students up to 25 years.

What are the entry requirements?

Two GCSEs, preferably at grade D or above to include maths and English
Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry

What qualifications will I gain?

Level 3 Diploma in Site Carpentry

Who is the awarding body?

City and Guilds

How will I learn?

This programme is run in a realistic training environment, where you will be able to show what you can do as an individual, through the completion of all the requirements of the qualification. There will be a mixture of classroom and workshop sessions.

What hours will I be in college?

1 day a week

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through workshop-based practical assessments and multiple choice end-of-unit knowledge tests.

What can I do after this course?

You will be qualified to move on to a career in site carpentry. Alternatively, you can progress on to a career in construction design and management.

Are there any additional costs?

Resources fee

What funding is available?

If you are aged 19 or over you may be eligible to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover your tuition fees.

For other funding information, please refer to our Funding page.

What facilities are available?

Bath College’s Construction Skills Centre is a dedicated facility for construction craft in wood occupations, with workshops that are well-equipped with a range of carpentry tools. Well-appointed classrooms and computer facilities enhance the workshops and provide a link between the practical and the knowledge-based aspects of the course.

Which department is this course in?


Where will I need to go on my first day?


What do I need to bring?

Safety boots, tape measure, 2h pencils, pens and folder

What else do I need to know?

Apprenticeships are available in Carpentry and Joinery for those students who have relevant employment. Apprentices would study at the College alongside the full-time students for two days a week and work with their employer for the remainder of the week. The Diplomas (Level 1 Ð Level 3) are equivalent to the Technical Certificate which forms the theory part of the NVQ.
If students are able to provide relevant work-based evidence to support the work that takes place in College, they can achieve an NVQ. For experienced people already working in the industry who do not hold any formal qualification, we are able to offer the OSAT (On Site Assessment and Training) route to obtaining an NVQ. This enables students to work towards the qualification in the workplace, without the need to attend the College.
For further information on work-based learning options and apprenticeships please visit our Apprenticeships page.

Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more details please telephone 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk. You may also visit our Student Advice Centre.

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please contact Additional Learning Support to arrange additional help.

How do I apply?

Online: Click the "Apply" button and fill out an online application form.

By post: download the Full-Time Application Form and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.

In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

To find out more about the application process, please go to the How to Apply page.


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