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.
This is a practical course that covers wood-machine training, advanced furniture-making techniques, and finishing skills. Upon successful completion of this course, you could progress to our furniture design-and-make foundation degree.
Learning in the Rycotewood Furniture Centre, you will develop skills as a creative thinker and maker, who innovates furniture craft through the exploration of materials and skills.
The programme balances design, craft, and theory to nurture furniture designers and makers of excellent ability, who can progress to employment or further study with a broad understanding of the processes involved in the design and craft of furniture.
By training at our renowned Rycotewood Furniture Centre you learn the principles of handcrafted furniture from industry-trained tutors.
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.
In the first year of this course, you will study for the Diploma. Once that Diploma is successfully achieved, you will be invited to continue on to complete the full Extended Diploma in the second year of the course.
Please note: Fees will apply if you are 19+ at the beginning of your studies and have previously completed a Level 3 qualification or are 24 and above. All fees are charged on a yearly basis. Please see our Fees Policy for further details or get in touch to discuss your options!
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.