Cambridge Regional College - Centre of Vocational Excellence

Bench Joinery Advanced Apprenticeship

Cambridge Campus

Course Duration:18 Month(s)
Course Mode:Part Time
Start Date:Flexible

Course Overview

This Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 programme is for those people aged 16 or over who have gained Level 2 and are working in Carpentry or Joinery and who wish to achieve a recognised qualification. This programme is fully funded for 16-18 year olds, and partially funded for the 19+ age group.  This programme offers two pathways: Bench Joinery or Site Carpentry. Both cover advanced knowledge and skills. A substantial part of the programme is devoted to workshop activities. A portfolio of evidence is required, most of which will be by evidence from the site.

Safety boots and overalls must be worn in workshops.

THE APPRENTICESHIP FRAMEWORK: The Framework is made up of the following components. In order to be successful you must complete and achieve all elements.

NVQ Level 3 in Carpentry Sitework/Bench Joinery, comprising of 4 mandatory units of study plus Carpentry or Bench Joinery optional units, which specify the minimum levels of performance required to work as a qualified Carpenter or Joiner.

Level 3 Diploma in Bench Joinery
Portfolio / Evidence of Training

Application of Number Level 2
Communications Level 2


You will need to complete a portfolio of evidence.

Progression & Career Opportunities

On successful completion of all elements of the advanced apprenticeship you will have the opportunity to progress to further learning on the HNC/HND Construction and Built Environment course.

Entry Requirements

Ideally you should have GCSEs grade 4 (C) in English (language) and maths or above and have completed a Level 2 NVQ in Site Carpentry/Bench Joinery. All applicants wishing to enrol will need to meet with a member of staff beforehand.

In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Candidates need to be in a relevant job role, have a contract of employment and work a minimum of 30 hours a week.  

Learning Assessment & Support

We want you to achieve to the very best of your ability at CRC. To make this happen we offer both learning and personal support by specialist staff tailored to meet your specific needs.

Competencies and a portfolio with evidence from the workplace.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for an Apprenticeship, please contact our Apprenticeship Team on tel. 01223 418778 or by email Please also check out our current Apprenticeship vacancies on our website

Passport to Success

We will help you to develop a range of wider skills including English & Maths that will make you into a well-rounded professional who will be highly valued by employers and universities.

Cambridge Campus Status

The Cambridge Campus is open as normal.

Huntingdon Campus Status

The Huntingdon Campus is open as normal.