Canterbury College - Carpentry
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Pathways are made up of courses focused on future careers or further education opportunities

If you are hands-on and enjoy practical challenges, a job in the construction industry could be for you.

Students have access to industry-standard equipment and facilities within our workshops and are taught by staff that have worked within the industry, applying their experience and knowledge to student learning.

Extensive links with employers and sector leaders throughout East Kent enables you to gain industry experience and build a network with future employers.


Our Carpentry courses take place in our dedicated trades block, where you can practice your skills in a professional environment, alongside like-minded students.

You can take advantage of:

  • Dedicated workshops
  • Quality tools and materials
  • Industry-standard test equipment.

If you would like to explore our facilities and workshops, you can take our virtual campus tour here.

Studying one of our Carpentry courses can open up progression routes in a range of different specialist roles, such as:

  • Furniture maker
  • Carpenter
  • Wood machinist 
  • Fence installer.

After completing one of our Level 2 courses, you may wish to explore the option of further study at our Folkestone campus, or an apprenticeship.

Career Prospects

Example: Carpenters and joiners

 Annual pay
£18,720 - £47,840
Annual pay is per year, based on full-time employment and on the South East region.

Across the UK the workforce is projected to expand by 7% over the period to 2027, adding 15,670 jobs. In the same period, 55% of the workforce is projected to retire, creating 122,305 job openings.

Role description

Carpenters and joiners construct, erect, install and repair wooden structures and fittings used in internal and external frameworks and cut, shape, fit and assemble wood to make templates, jigs, scale models and scenic equipment for theatres.

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Entry requirements

Our entry requirements allow any student to apply enrol and progress in their studies with us to achieve their full potential.

You will apply for your chosen pathway and at the interview you can discuss what entry criteria you need for each level.

Once you have your GCSEs we can ensure you are enrolled on the best level for you to progress and succeed at College.

Please see our Group entry requirements

What's next?

Step 1 - Apply

Once you apply, you will have an interview to discuss your chosen pathway

Step 2 - Interview

We will contact you with appropriate options for conducting your interview, either online or in person.

At your interview, we will discuss the entry requirements for each level and course. It is also your opportunity to make sure that the pathway meets your goals and ambitions.

Courses at Canterbury College

If you know exactly which course and level you need to apply for, or want more information, please select from the options below:

Need more help?

Our advice and guidance team can be contacted to help you understand your next steps at College.

Courses at Canterbury College

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Why people love Carpentry

Social Action at Wildwood

Social Action at Wildwood

Carpentry students volunteered at the Wildwood Trust, helping to clear overgrown foliage and vegetation, as part of their community payback.

Carpentry students take part in Social Action

Carpentry students take part in Social Action

Carpentry apprentices made owl boxes for Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership who work with the community to conserve and promote the Stour Valley.

Matthew Franklin

Matthew Franklin

"I like that the course is very hands-on, using various different tools and industry standard equipment. It's great that we get experience working for an employer in the Carpentry industry. I have very supportive and friendly tutors and know I can talk to them if I have any problems or need extra help."

Contact us

We'd love to hear from you

New Dover Road
Canterbury, Kent

01227 811111