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Level 3

Bench Joinery Diploma – Level 3 – RCON079F1A Full time & RCON079D1A Part time


You’ll learn the advanced practical skills and theoretical knowledge to carry out complex operations in the workplace. As a joiner, you’ll be trained to use a variety of machines to make curved frames and staircases, boxed framed windows and spandrel panelling.

This course is ideal for young people who are not employed in the trade, as it will provide theoretical knowledge and practical skills to enable to gain employment in the industry or a NVQ.

This course focuses on practical activity but includes some written theory and portfolio building, consists of the following units:

  • CSA-L1Core01 Health, safety and welfare in the construction and associated industries
  • CSA-L3Core07 Analysing technical information, quantities and communication with others
  • CSA-L3Core08 Analysing the construction industry and the built environment
  • CSA-L3Occ135 Set up and operate woodworking machinery to create curved work
  • CSA-L3Occ136 Manufacture shaped joinery products
  • CSA-L3Occ137 Set and mark out for shaped joinery products

At this advanced level, working in our simulated workshop environment, you will learn a wide variety of practical skills (and theoretical knowledge) which will enable you to carry out complex operations in a Joinery workshop and prepare you for entry to Workshop Management. Areas to cover include curved work including frames and staircases, boxed frame windows, spandrel panelling and units and fitments. You will be trained to use a wide variety of machines to produce the various pieces of work. There will be a number of theory assessments with a final practical assignment to complete the qualification.

Every learner at Crawley College who is under 19 will undertake a personal Study Programme designed to develop them academically, practically and personally. Study Programmes contain 3 essential elements:

  • Subject Course – Vocational or chosen Academic subject, usually studied for 12 – 16 hours a week.
  • English and Maths – Every learner ideally will have GCSE grade 4 in English and Maths

You will have specific time in your timetable for each of the three elements above and you will be expected to attend all elements throughout the year. Study programmes are designed to help you meet your maximum potential and progress to the next level of study of into work.

L3 Bench Joinery Full-Time & Part-Time

The course builds on L2 Bench Joinery learning how to use woodworking machinery to create curved carpentry and Joinery products such as arched windows, arched doors & turned stairs. Along with knowledge of the construction industry including health & safety.

Assessment is ongoing through the year with 5 theory units requiring the passing of online exams and the completion of a practical synoptic task.

Progression routes include Construction and Built Environment Higher National Certificate HNC L4.

Equipment required includes: A textbook, notebook, tape measure, corded headphones for theory lessons, 2H pencils, a maths set of drawing equipment and PPE equipment including safety boots, dust masks, eye protection and suitable gloves.

Attendance is 3 days a week for full time students. For part time students attendance is either 2 nights a week for 3 hours each night or 6 hours a week attending during the day, infilling with full time students.

Course length is 35 weeks


You will have completed the Level 2 programme in Bench Joinery.


Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2


Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.

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