Furniture Making & Design

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  • Workshop and study based programme
  • Drawing, design and marking out of furniture pieces in wood
  • Making a range of furniture pieces including cabinets, chairs, tables and turned pieces
  • Use of hand tools and powered hand tools
  • Use of a range of woodworking machines
  • Complex joinery and furniture making techniques
  • Wood turning
  • Veneering and laminating
  • Finishing and polishing
  • Participating in national exhibitions
  • Age 19 + required for enrolment

The Fine Woodwork programme is designed to give students who wish to develop a professional career in furniture making, the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in a demanding and challenging industry.

The programme brings together the range of skills such as joinery, wood machining, wood turning and furniture making. These accredited elements will enable students to operate to a professional standard and whilst furniture design is an important aspect of the course an emphasis on making skills will allow our students to become talented craftspeople. Taught by experienced and highly skilled tutors the course also draws on the skills and knowledge of nationally recognised furniture makers and designers and in addition, throughout the course, visits will be made to furniture workshops, exhibitions etc.

The main accredited elements of the programme are:

  • NOCN/CSkills Level 2 Diploma in Bench Joinery
  • Association of Woodturners Level 2 Certificate in Woodturning
  • City &Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Wood Machining
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Furniture Design & Making
  • City & Guilds Assured Level 3 Advanced Programme of Fine Woodwork (BCC)

The Fine Woodwork course delivers a progressive development of skills, knowledge and abilities over a two year (six term) period. In terms one and two students focus on bench joinery skills and work towards completion of the level 2 diploma in bench joinery. Hand skills will be developed to a high level supported by training in the use of portable powered tools and fixed wood cutting machines. The following skills will be covered:

Maintenance and sharpening of tools.

Setting out and cutting of basic joints such as halvings, bridles and mortice & tenons.

Carcass and frame construction using rebates, grooves, mortice & tenons, dovetails etc.

Making a cabinet.

Making a window.

Making a small stair

Making a door

The qualification will be achieved, in addition to the practical pieces, by the completion of study packs and on-line tests.

During term three students will complete a more complex cabinet project and consider the influence of classical design in furniture making.


  • City & Guilds Level 3 Furniture Design & Making
  • NOCN Level 2 Bench Joinery
  • City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Machine Woodworking
  • Ability to attend 5 days per week programme
  • Completion of Maths and English initial assessment
  • Commitment to and strong interest in furniture making
  • You MUST be 19+ years of age
  • 2 years, 5 days per week (37 weeks per year)
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