Level 3 Diploma


Want to continue to craft your skills as a joiner? Through this professional level course you’ll learn about the finer details of the trade along with project management and site supervisory training, supported by industry experienced tutors.

You’ll work on projects on and off campus, exploring how to liaise with suppliers, maintain and repair materials, produce doors, windows and stairwells, design moulds and use wood-work machinery.

Course includes

What will I study?

  • Safe working practices in construction
  • Project management and site supervision
  • Building methods and construction technology
  • Quantity surveying and communications
  • First and second fixing operations
  • Complex structural carcassing components
  • Maintaining non-structural and structural components
  • Setting up and using fixed and transportable machinery
  • Work experience
  • Community and campus-based project
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in Maths and English depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 1 year, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

  • Progress onto higher level study, or
  • Seek employment as a highly qualified joiner

Career options

  • Site carpenter
  • Site supervisor
  • Technical assistant
  • Building supplier – sales
Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2018 the tuition fees and exam costs are free for our courses. If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay a fee.

You may also be required to pay costs associated with study tours or additional qualifications.

For more information on fees and to find out about what financial support may be available to you visit the student finance pages on our website.


Our college buses pick up over 1,400 students each day from a wide area. From September 2018 all college bus routes to Reaseheath will be FREE. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for 785 students. If you are aged over 16 and studying on a full-time course you may apply for a residential place. Visit the accommodation pages on our website for more information.

How do I apply?

If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply now online. For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about this course on our FAQs page.

Student Profile
Jordan Happer

Ambition: Site joiner

School: Macclesfield Academy

Age: 20

Jordan progressed through our diplomas at levels 1, 2 and 3 and is now on an apprenticeship with a company which fits pvc windows.

He attributes his success in finding a job so quickly to the industry experience he received during his courses, working on new buildings on our campus with Pochin. He received the Pochin award for the best work experience student on his course and went on to work for the company on his days off .

He says: “The experience was amazing because I was working alongside other tradespeople and saw the build as it progressed, which is rare for a joiner. I felt it was a great achievement, and very good for my CV.”