Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

Bridgwater Campus.

Who is the course for?

This hands on practical course has a strong emphasis on fine woodworking and will provide you with the essential skills needed for employment in furniture making, furniture restoration, musical instrument making or any part of the fine woodworking industry. Professional Furniture making is an exciting career choice as it involves designing and making bespoke pieces of furniture such as cabinets, tables, chairs, and office furniture. You will learn the techniques for making quality furniture in our excellent dedicated workshop using modern machines and hand tools and be taught the associated knowledge required for this subject including an awareness of furniture design.

What does the course involve?

Modules include:

  • Safe use of a range of woodworking hand tools, power tools and machinery
  • Construct a range of joints using traditional methods
  • Construct and assemble furniture projects
  • Identify and select timbers
  • Understanding a range of woodworking tools, equipment and techniques
  • Producing design drawings and cuttings lists

At the end of the year you will have completed at least one well finished piece of furniture and numerous other hands on 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

You need GCSEs in the D to G or 3 to 1 range or other equivalent qualification, and a desire to learn about furniture making or design. You will be invited to attend an interview to assess your suitability for the course.

What are the assessment methods?

You will be assessed through practical projects, a portfolio of evidence and 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?

You could progress to our Level 2 Apprenticeship in Furniture Making, or Level 2 Diploma in Practical Furniture Making, or you could explore a variety of career opportunities in the furniture and woodworking industry. Alternatively you could enrol on a range of Level 2 courses or another construction subject dependent on achieving the entry requirements.

Awarding Body

City & Guilds.

Further Information