Please note that this course is for 19+ students only (or 17–18 year old students with a Level 2 furniture qualification). If you are aged 16–18 without a Level 2 qualification, then please see the Level 2 course.
It’s a practical course which covers wood machine training, advanced furniture making techniques and finishing skills. Successful students can progress to our furniture design-and-make foundation degree.
What you'll learn
In addition to more advanced cabinet-making techniques, the course covers wood machining, design skills and wood finishing. If not already achieved at Level 2 students will need to complete a health and safety module. Practical sessions are complemented by specialist study options such as furniture history, design processes and restoration can also be explored.
How you'll learn and be assessed
The majority of this course is taught in our on-campus Rycotewood Furniture Centre, workshops using practical activities and tutor demonstrations. There will be some lectures in technology and specialist options too. This is a very highly regarded training centre for furniture making.
You are continuously assessed by practical exercises and written work. You produce a portfolio of learning and complete a timed practical assignment. There is also a one-hour multiple choice exam in health and safety.
Minimum of 4 or more GCSEs grade 4 or above ( A*-C ), preferably including English language and usually maths, or a national award in art and design, a first diploma in art and design at merit or above, plus GCSE grade 4/C or above.
If you are interested in a Level 3 programme and have alternative qualifications you would like us to consider please contact us with your details. Applicants will complete an internal assessment. All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.