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Carpentry & Joinery - Architectural Joiner Level 2 Apprenticeship

Course code: XMBS350P

Subject area: Carpentry & Joinery

Study level: Apprenticeship

Course level: 2

Course details

Course time:

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Course date:

1st Aug 2024 - 31st Jul 2025

Contact details


01235 541111

Carpentry and Joinery apprentices typically either work on a construction site as a Site Carpenter or in a workshop as an Architectural Joiner. Separate information about site carpentry is also available.
Architectural Joiners produce building components by setting out, marking out and manufacturing basic architectural products, including doors, windows, straight staircases and associated ironmongery. Architectural joiners are typically based in a workshop, rather than on site, and will liaise regularly with workshop colleagues and supervisors as well as architects, designers and customers. They will work within a team, under supervision and will use machinery and or tools to create structures or components from designs, plans and specifications that meet the client’s expectations.


• 18 months practical training period, plus 3 months for End Point Assessment

Delivery model:

• Work-based training with your employer

• Day release during term time (approximately 1 day per week for 18 months)

• Approximately 5 on-site assessment visits per year

• Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths and English (7 days at college for each, if required)

• Off the job training will count for at least 6 hours a week of an apprentice’s time at work

Qualifications included:

• Level 1 Functional Skills in English and Maths

• Level 2 Carpentry & Joinery Apprenticeship (Architectural Joiner)

End Point Assessment:

• Multiple choice knowledge test

• Practical test

• Professional discussion based on a portfolio of evidence

Course units
What will apprentices learn?

• Health & safety

• Building terminology: foundations, roofs, walls, floors, utilities and services

• Interpret/ produce information from drawings/ specifications

• Estimate resource quantities

• Communicating/ working well with others

• Characteristics, quality, uses, sustainability, limitations and defects of timber/ timber-based products

• Prepare, use, maintain hand/ power tools

• Different types of fixings/ fasteners

• Fixings/ fasteners, moisture content parameters; characteristics, uses/ limitations of preservatives and finishes; requirements of fire door assemblies

• Using machinery

• Methods of connection: joints, nails, screws, biscuit, staples and adhesives

• Set/ mark out, prepare, produce doors, door frames and linings, windows, fittings and straight stairs; install ironmongery

What skills will apprentices gain?

• Identify/ apply safe working practices

• Plan/ undertake work productively

• Identify/ apply safe use, storage and maintenance of hand/ power tools and equipment

• Correctly interpret information from drawings/ specifications

• Estimate resource quantities

• Measuring, marking out, fitting, cutting, splicing, mitring, scribing, horizontal and vertical levelling, finishing, positioning and securing

• Inspect, prepare and operate machinery: narrow bandsaw, crosscut saw, re-saw, surface planer, thicknesser, morticer

• Use hand tools to produce connection points: joints, nails, screws, dowels, biscuit, staples and adhesives

• Set/ mark out, and manufacture doors, door frames/ linings, windows with opening lights, straight stairs and fitting parts; install ironmongery

What behaviours will apprentices develop?

• Effective communication

• Effective team/ independent working

• Logical thinking

What next?
Successful completion of this apprenticeship will help you to secure full time employment in the sector and could lead to higher level study such as a level 3 apprenticeship.
Entry criteria
No formal entry requirements. Applicants are likely to have 4 GCSEs A*-D’/ 9-3 or equivalent and will need to demonstrate the ability to achieve all elements of the apprenticeship during their programme, including working in a suitable job role.
Fee information
Free to apprentices. This apprenticeship has an £12,000 funding band. Small companies will need to make a small contribution of £600; large companies could pay through the apprenticeship levy if they have funds available.
Qualifications received
Qualifications included:

• Level 1 Functional Skills in English and Maths

• Level 2 Carpentry & Joinery Apprenticeship (Architectural Joiner)