Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship Site Carpentry

This advanced apprenticeship is designed to support you to progress within the construction industry.

This course will help to further your career in a construction management role.

New College Durham are at the forefront of construction training in the North East. We provide the highest level of education while linking closely with local employers to constantly develop the range and content of the courses we offer.

Successful completion of this course will enable you to apply for membership to the Institute of Carpenters.

Study Aims

This advanced apprenticeship will provide you with the skills and knowledge to complete practical tasks such as stair installation, door hanging, hipped roofing and dormer roof construction.

Theory work is broken down to five units covering aspects of the industry.

Modules Studied


  • Analysing technical information, quantities and communication with others
  • Analysing the construction industry and built environment
  • Erect complex structural carcassing components
  • Install and maintain non-structural and structural components
  • Set up and operate cutting and shaping machinery.

Teaching and Assessment

You will learn on-the-job in a real working environment and in our carpentry and joionery workshop, equipped with realistic situations and appliances.

You will be assessed throughout the duration of the programme both on campus and at your place of work. These assessments are designed to support you and give additional guidance and support to your progress. You will set targets to help you to make progress.

You will be assessed using the following methods:

  • Knowledge questions
  • A portfolio of evidence
  • Practical observation
  • End Point Assessment (EPA).

You will receive excellent support to ensure you progress and reach targets to complete the programme.


End Point Assessment

The final assessment for the qualification is an End Point Assessment (EPA) which must be passed to achieve the full qualification. This is a two-part assessment that involves a multiple-choice online test and a practical test.

The multiple-choice online test will cover the theory aspect of the qualification, and the practical test will be carried out under full exam conditions.

Industry Links

We have strong links with local joinery businesses which enables us to continually update our industrial practices so that you are provided with the most enhanced training available.

Tutors attend industrial training and spend time back in industry to ensure that current manufacturing practices are being delivered.


80% of the apprenticeship programme is on the job training with an employer who will provide practical training to ensure you are prepared with the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed.

20% of the apprenticeship programme involves attending college one day per week for off the job training. You will receive theoretical and practical training to complete the bench joinery standard.

Entry Criteria

You will hold grade 3 or above in GCSE maths and English. Full entry criteria can be obtained from the Course Leader.

You will need an employer who can support and help to provide the evidence required for the Site Carpentry programme.

Additional Costs

You will be required to purchase a pair of safety boots and stationery.

What are the next steps?

You will meet with a course tutor. You will also carry out a number of tasks which will help us assess your suitability for the course.Please bring evidence of relevant qualifications and proof of ID, e.g. passport or driving license or birth certificate.

 Advanced Apprenticeship
 Published on 2023-08-25
 Deadline NA