Course: Bench Joinery Level 2

Study Level

Level 2


Lowestoft Campus


1 Year



Using a range of practical and theoretical teaching methods, our Bench Joinery course will develop your skills in our extensive workshop area which simulates a construction site environment.

In the classroom, you will study health and safety, building methods and construction technology. In the workshop, you will learn how to set out, make and finish a variety of joinery products such as doors, frames, units, windows and stairs. Key projects for our bench joinery students will be building traditional mortise and tenon doors and a staircase.

This course covers a range of units including:

  • Principles of construction
  • First fixing
  • Second fixing
  • Maintenance
  • Circular saws
  • Setting out
  • Marking out
  • Joinery manufacture
  • Health and safety

Why study with us?

  • You will develop your skills using carpentry hand and power tools.
  • You will be taught by highly skilled and qualified staff in our well maintained and stocked workshops.
  • We have outstanding achievement rates and industry connections.


You will need to have achieved at least a grade 4 in English and maths.


Practical work is assessed in the workshop against the awarding body criteria. Theory is assessed via multiple choice exams, both paper and online, at the end of each unit.


You can progress to study Bench Joinery Level 3, an apprenticeship or go straight employment in careers such as a kitchen fitter, general site operative, teacher, wood machinist, joiner, window fitter, site carpenter, formwork or shuttering carpenter.

Former students have gone on to work within the industry or have even set up their own businesses. Many are now helping to train the workforce of the future as they have taken on apprentices of their own.

"We are proud to be working with East Coast College and the carpentry and bricklaying students to provide practical advice and skills and a chance to find out what it is like to work in the construction industry. This year we launched our Target 50 initiative which aims to encourage more females to look at career opportunities in the construction sector and our commitment to bring 50 female apprentices or technical trainees into construction-related roles this year. The initiative forms part of Persimmon’s 50th anniversary celebrations and supports our commitment to building and retaining a more diverse and inclusive workforce. Persimmon Homes has a strong working relationship with East Coast College. The students we have on apprenticeship with us are both hardworking and keen to learn, and are well supported by the college. We feel this is a mutually beneficial arrangement as the students gain valuable experience in the construction industry to support their college course."

Persimmon Homes Anglia

Michelle Baker, Managing Director

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