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Bench Joinery (Construction)

Courses starting September. Call 01539 814700 for details.

The Level 3 Diploma in Bench Joinery has been designed to further develop the skills and knowledge of people, enabling them to work at an advanced level in the industry in their chosen craft. This course usually takes place over 3 days per week.

Skills gained on the course that can be transferable to other trade areas include: measuring and application of number, problem solving skills and communicating with different people within a working environment.

The Construction department regularly competes in the construction skills competition with some very promising wins and most recently a national finalist. The facilities are state of the art and the teaching staffs have a combined knowledge of nearly 50 years in the local area ranging from site and bench joinery to boat building!

Recent trips have included local builders merchants, building sites and a trip to Austria to the Felder factor. Industry professionals and experts come and give talks to the students on the ever changing face of carpentry and joinery technology. These have included Ged Maloney the technical representative from Leitz and Richard Howson the CEO of Carillion - the multinational building contractor who built the 5* hotel in the middle of the Dubai Formula 1 racecourse!

Kendal college construction department works closely with industry experts from across many sectors. We have recently hosted an employer engagement event where we had 6 national companies come and talk to local employers about their latest innovations within the industry. This benefits the students through the increased knowledge of the lecturers and the delivery of the subjects that are key for today’s and tomorrow’s joiners and carpenters.

The course will cover:

- Analysing technical information, quantities and communication with others
- Analysing the construction industry and built environment
- Health, safety and welfare in construction and associated industries
- Manufacture shaped joinery products
- Set and mark out for shaped joinery products
- Set up and operate woodworking machinery to create curved work

This national qualification consists of 40% practical work and 60% theory work. Your practical work takes place in purpose built workshops and the theory sessions underpin the practical work by covering Trade Technology and associated subjects.

Students are taught in small dynamic groups of around 10-15 learners at a time by skilled industry professionals. Learners are assessed on practical skills and these are then developed in the workshop environments. In the classroom the learner’s level of ability dictates the speed and content of the lesson. We have in class assistants available to offer anyone help should they require it.

This course will be part of a wider study programme, which may also include English & Maths, work placement and additional studies.

Assessment will be ongoing throughout the year, via assignments and practical tasks.

This course will be part of a wider study programme, which may also include english & maths, work placement and additional studies.

How will I be assessed?


Next: Career Opportunities?

Career Opportunities

This Level 3 Diploma in Bench Joinery will enable and/or prepare the learner to progress in their chosen trade and on completion of this qualification, learners may progress into employment or further training.

You could progress on an employer led supervisory or management programme, incorporating NVQs at a higher level.

You could also progress onto the BTEC subsiduary diploma/HNC in Construction which will give you a possible route into professional positions within construction, for example architecture, site management, quantity surveying.

Next: Entry requirements

Entry requirements

GCSEs A to C or a level 2 in the specialist area are desirable. There are no formal entry requirements (i.e. qualifications a learner must have achieved) to take this qualification. This qualification is accredited on the QCF for learners aged 16-18 and 19+. Approved Centres must ensure learners are fully aware of the minimum age requirements of this qualification

Next: Fees

Adult fees


Please note: If you are an adult student you may be entitled to financial support to cover the cost of your course, dependent on your circumstances. Please contact Student Services on enquiries@kendal.ac.uk for details. More about Student Finance.

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