Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

Bridgwater Campus.

Who is the course for?

This course is for those who are interested in furniture making, fine woodworking or product design. This enjoyable and stimulating course has a strong emphasis on practical woodworking skills and will prepare students with the essential skills needed for employment in the furniture or fine woodworking industry.

What does the course involve?

You will learn the techniques of making quality furniture using modern machines and hand tools. You will also be taught all of the associated knowledge required for this subject.

The course is two-thirds practical work, with the remainder being theory studies. Topics of study include:

  • Prepare drawings and cuttings lists
  • Select, prepare and maintain tools and equipment
  • Identify and select timbers 
  • Safely using woodworking machinery
  • Construct a range of joints
  • Construct and assemble furniture projects
  • A theoretical understanding of a range of furniture making tools and equipment
  • Health and safety

At the end of the year you will have completed at least one well finished piece of furniture along with numerous other practical tasks and exercises.

What makes this course special?

  • Excellent facilities, as well as gaining valuable skills on modern woodworking machines, you will also have the opportunity to experience woodturning, marquetry, traditional and spray finishing
  • During the year you will have the opportunity to be involved in a number of visits including include the NEC Furniture Show, the Devon Guild and the local craft studios

Placements/Work Placements

These will be arranged independently by the student which will enable them to develop an understanding if what working in the industry is like and may lead onto an apprenticeship with the employer. This is now a key element of this Level 1 study programme.

Entry Requirements

  • Sucessful interview
  • A desire to learn about furniture making or design

What are the assessment methods?

  • Practical projects 
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Classroom based Examinations

What are the College attendance requirements?

You will study for two-three days per week 9.00am-4.30pm

You will also need to complete a minimum of 3 hours of independent study per week, which will include completing written worksheets, assignments and research on woodworking topics e.g. timber types and their properties.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

All of the tools and equipment will be provided for you, but we do encourage students to obtain a basic set of tools and drawing equipment for their own use. All the materials for set projects are provided, however, you will be expected to finance your own final major project; help may be available through the Bursary Fund.

What are the progression options?

  • Progress onto our higher level furniture courses (at levels two and three)
  • Employment in furniture making and woodworking, either while studying or at the end of the course
  • Eventual progression onto a foundation degree in Furniture Studies at a specialist Furniture College/University or any other design or construction based subject dependant on achieving an appropriate level of qualification

Awarding Body

City & Guilds.

Further Information