Carpentry and Joinery

The demand for carpenters is on the rise, with great earning potential. Could this be the career for you?

This course has been designed for anyone who is keen to develop their practical skills working with wood. Specifically suited to those who have a keen eye for detail, good maths skills and an aptitude for technical working.

Ranging from Levels 1 - 2  the courses will introduce you to woodwork fixtures and fittings, health and safety in the workshop, and as you progress, improve your knowledge of construction technology and tool maintenance.

A number of our students who have moved on from Level 1 to Level 2 have secured apprenticeships with prestigious local firms in both Carpentry and Joinery. Some of our past students have also successfully established their own companies and are now employing their own apprentices.


You could access:

  • Carpenters workshop
  • Apprenticeships in carpentry and joinery*

*In partnership with Abingdon & Witney College. Apprentices in Carpentry and Joinery will be employed in a permanent job within the sector, combining work and college based training. Click here for more information.

In order to equip you for your course with us, we will offer a tailored programme to students who have not achieved a grade 4 - 5 or C in GCSE English or Maths.

If you are aged 19 or over and wanting to study Carpentry, you may be eligible for a bursary from the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) of £500 to help pay for training and up to £100 to help with tools. To find out more, visit our Financial Help for Students page.


Our courses:


Carpentry and Joinery Courses

Course Title Type Start Date Length Location
Diploma Level 1 Carpentry and Joinery Full Time September 1 year(s)
Higham Ferrers View
Moulton View
Diploma Level 2 Site Carpentry Full Time September 1 year(s)
Higham Ferrers View
Moulton View
Diploma Level 3 Site Carpentry Full Time September 1 year(s)
Moulton View

Carpentry and Joinery Facilities

Carpentry and Joinery

We are proud to offer some of the best construction facilities in the sector and the process of improving and upgrading them is ongoing.

The Moulton campus has several well equipped workshops for students to undertake practical work while specialist workshops for all trades can be found at the East Northants and Daventry vocational skills academies.

The workshops at Moulton include a specialist facility for carpentry and joinery and students become involved in practical projects around the campus and estate, producing finished work to commercial, professional standards.

Being awarded Centre of Vocational Excellence status for our construction programmes is a reflection of our commitment to high standards and innovative approaches to teaching.


All classrooms at the college are fitted out with modern and specialist equipment related to the area of study. They are also regularly upgraded to ensure they remain state of the art and provide inspirational places to learn and grow your knowledge.

IT Facilities

Significant investment has been made in I.T. facilities over recent years, teaching is enhanced with IT in the majority of classrooms and a number of I.T. Suites operate throughout the different campuses utilising a mixture of PC’s, Laptops and Netbooks.  A cutting edge Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) system means that Students at all sites receive a consistent IT experience. 

Fast WiFi networks cover the majority of the campus, and students are enabled to bring their own devices for use during informal study periods. 

We run Microsoft Windows and Office 2010 with a range of specialist software to support each curriculum area.  Each student is provided with a College email address and a home area to store their files alongside this 24/7 access from home is available to the College’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where lesson notes, interactive study aids, and videos support and reinforce teaching from both the classroom and practical sessions.

Learning Resource Centres

The college has learning resource centres at the main Moulton site, and the East Northants vocational skills academy. The Moulton LRC provides access for 240 people, including a designated IT area for our higher education students.

Each learning resource centre offers a range of services such as libraries, careers advice, learning support and study spaces, as well as access to resources including books, journals, newspapers, trade literature, online resources and DVDs.

Each centre also has a computer suite that provides access to network drives, the internet and Moodle, as well as hardware such as printers, copiers and scanners. Specialist software includes AutoCAD and packages for horse management, farm management, garden design, accounting, statistics and mind mapping.

For anyone requiring additional support, the learning resource centres at Moulton and at the vocational skills academies offer learning support, where needs can be discussed and arrangements put in place.

Sustainable Technologies

The unique Collaborative Centre for the Built Environment (CCBE) is a partnership between the college, the University of Northampton and the University Centre Milton Keynes.

These organisations have come together with one common purpose: to instill current and future built environment professionals with the knowledge and skills to create genuinely sustainable developments and communities.

The aim is to develop a centre of excellence where professionals, researchers and students across a range of disciplines combine to contribute to contemporary debate and provide new thinking at the highest level.

With access to several towns, cities and rural locations, as well as major urban centres such as Birmingham and London, the CCBE will take full advantage of its setting and become a catalyst for a better society.

Carpentry and Joinery Profiles