Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction)

Ofqual code: 603/2509/4
Minimum total qualification time: 410 hours
Minimum guided learning hours: 217
Minimum credit value: 41

The NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction) Level 2 will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as general health, safety and welfare; productive working practices; and moving, handling and storing resources. Learners can specialise in installing first and second fixing components; manufacturing routine architectural joinery; setting out and fabricating timber framework; installing frames and hinges and internal mouldings; erecting timber walls, roofs and floors; setting up and using cutting and shaping machines; or manufacturing routine architectural joinery products.

This qualification covers the following areas:

  • site carpentry
  • architectural joinery
  • structural post and beam carpentry
  • light structural timber framing
  • timber frame erection
  • timber decks and cladding
  • heritage site carpentry
  • heritage architectural joinery
  • heritage post and beam carpentry

This qualification may be available through employers, training providers and colleges and may be offered in England and Wales.

Qualification rationale and objectives

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

This qualification is aimed at those who are in work and are looking for recognition of their prior learning and experience.

Its primary purpose is to confirm the learner’s occupational competence in wood occupations. As a work-related, competence-based qualification it provides confirmation to employers, industry managers and card schemes that the learner has the skills and knowledge needed to meet the nationally recognised standard to carry out the role.

Learners who achieve this qualification can use it to gain employment, to progress in the industry, or to work towards another qualification (see Progression).

Objectives

The qualification is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • supporting a role in the workplace
  • confirming knowledge, understanding and skills
  • providing access to a relevant card scheme

Recognition

This qualification is supported by the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS).

CSCS provides a registration card scheme acknowledged by industry for those involved in construction. The scheme recognises skills, knowledge and understanding, competence and qualifications.

What does this qualification cover?

As this is a competence-based qualification, learners will be acquiring the knowledge and skills required through either on-the-job experience or in a learning environment.

To achieve the whole qualification, learners need a minimum of 41 credits. They must complete between three and seven mandatory units plus between one and three optional units from the qualification structure. (See Qualification content and delivery tools.)

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • individuals who wish to start their own business
  • school and college students with a part-time job that enables them to develop the appropriate skills in the workplace
  • full-time and part-time study

There are no specific skills, knowledge, understanding or any other qualifications that must be achieved in order to start this qualification, however learners must have the potential and opportunity to gain this qualification successfully.

Entry

This qualification is mainly taken by individuals employed in wood occupations.

Progression

Learners may progress from the Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction) to a range of qualifications at Level 3 and above, including Occupational Work Supervision.

What approvals are needed?

Centres must come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

Where can you take this course

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification structure

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction) — Site Carpentry

The qualification requires the learner to complete three mandatory units (credit value 10) and three optional units (credit value 52).

Group award code: GN40 68 (62 credit value)

Please refer to the qualification structure (74 KB) for more information.

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction) — Architectural Joinery

The qualification requires the learner to complete four mandatory units (credit value 29) and one optional unit (credit value 12).

Group award code: GN3T 68 (credit value 41)

Please refer to the qualification structure (67 KB) for more information.

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction) — Structural Post and Beam Carpentry

The qualification requires the learner to complete six mandatory units (credit value 73).

Group award code: GN41 68 (credit value 73)

Please refer to the qualification structure (64 KB) for more information.

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction) — Light Structural Timber Framing

The qualification requires the learner to complete seven mandatory units (credit value 57).

Group award code: GN3Y 68 (credit value 57)

Please refer to the qualification structure (68 KB) for more information.

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction) — Timber Frame Erection

The qualification requires the learner to complete five mandatory units (credit value 56).

Group award code: GN43 68 (56 credit value)

Please refer to the qualification structure (68 KB) for more information.

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction) — Timber Decks and Cladding

The qualification requires the learner to complete four mandatory units (credit value 34) and one optional unit (credit value 20).

Group award code: GN42 68 (credit value 54)

Please refer to the qualification structure (68 KB) for more information.

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction) — Heritage Site Carpentry

The qualification requires the learner to complete five mandatory units (credit value 60) and three optional units (credit value 52).

Group award code: GN3X 68 (credit value 112)

Please refer to the qualification structure (76 KB) for more information.

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction) — Heritage Architectural Joinery

The qualification requires the learner to complete five mandatory units (credit value 61) and one optional unit (credit value 12).

Group award code: GN3V 68 (credit value 73)

Please refer to the qualification structure (68 KB) for more information.

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction) — Heritage Post and Beam Carpentry

The qualification requires the learner to complete seven mandatory units (credit value 105).

Group award code: GN3W 68 (credit value 105)

Please refer to the qualification structure (66 KB) for more information.

Unit specifications

Unit specifications for this qualification are available on the Regulated Qualifications unit search.

How to assess

Ongoing course assessment will apply. Each unit specification gives detailed information on the assessment criteria, assessment (evidence) requirements and guidance on instruments of assessment for the unit.

The qualification is assessed by completing a portfolio of evidence which details what the learner has completed at work. This can be gathered through observation, professional discussion, witness testimony or supporting documentary evidence. The assessor can work alongside the learner to confirm that they have met the requirements of the qualification and that they are therefore competent in their role.

Competence is displayed through the assessor observing the learner demonstrate that they carry out their normal work activities competently and to the industry standard and comply with current legislation and company procedures.

The assessment process will ensure that the learner can complete the tasks that they have been directed to undertake and that they can interpret the instructions correctly. They will demonstrate that they can select the appropriate resources for the tasks and can complete them within the given timescales and specifications.

Learner portfolio

Assessment strategy/principle