NQ Carpentry & Joinery

This course helps students develop the hand skills and knowledge required for progressing to formal craft training in carpentry and joinery and other technical occupations. It combines practical training, job knowledge and associated studies.

This course requires a positive attitude and also develops valuable workplace skills. To achieve this, students will learn about the skills and attitudes that employers are looking for, how to work effectively with others and what to expect - in relation to health and safety - in the construction workplace. There is a strong emphasis on hand skills within the suite of units offered, with an integrated theory aspect embedded into the course.

All students will be required to use the College's virtual learning environment (Moodle) to complete course work, personal learning plans and work diary. The course timetable will be made up of practical workshops, classroom based learning sessions and directed study using ICT for learning.

  • Carpentry and Joinery (An Introduction)
  • Develop Bench Joinery Skills 
  • Develop Constructional Carpentry Skills
  • Develop Site Joinery Skills
  • Manufacture Joinery Components
  • Carpentry and Joinery Repair and Maintenance
  • Core Skills 
  • Sustainability with Construction

  • This course is a pathway to further study in construction, mainly in the Carpentry and Joinery Industry.
  • Although not guaranteed, many students in the past have moved on to Modern Apprenticeships in Carpentry and Joinery 

  • Due to excellent industry links, this course has created successful progression paths for many candidates into Modern Apprenticeships.

  • Two National 4’s in English and Math

Additional requirements:

  • Selection by a two stage interview process

Further advice for full-time applicants:

  • Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application.
  • If you created your account prior to September 2016, you will need to register a new account.
  • Before starting the application process, please ensure you already hold or are working towards the relevant entry qualifications required for the course you are applying for 
  • Ensure you use your own personal email address when creating your online account
  • Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email immediately 
  • If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail immediately, please check your SPAM/Junk folder
  • Please include as much detail as possible in your personal statement such as; the reason you are applying, future career plans, previous employment, relevant experience, hobbies and interests
  • Disclosing support needs in your application will not affect your chances of being offered a place on a course at Forth Valley College
  • If your application is successful, you will be invited for interview. For January start courses interviews will be in Nov/Dec and interviews for August start courses will take place between February and May
  • If your application is unsuccessful, you will be offered support in finding a suitable alternative course 
  • Applicants who provide a mobile phone number on their application form will be sent a text reminder prior to the day of interview 

If you are unable to attend an interview or wish to withdraw your application - please email student.applications@forthvalley.ac.uk


Alloa Campus



Start date

19 August 2024

SCQF Level

Level 5