Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

Bridgwater Campus.

Who is the course for?

This hands on practical course has the aim of developing your fine woodworking and design skills ready for employment in the furniture industry using the modern machines and hand tools in our specialist workshop. . 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. As well as developing your practical and design skills further, you will design your own quality furniture. The design studio is where you will learn the background theory to working in wood and constructing furniture, alongside the design and industry skills.

What does the course involve?

Units will include:

  • Designing a piece of furniture for yourself or others
  • Safe use of a range of woodworking hand tools, power tools and machinery
  • Construct and assemble furniture projects
  • Producing design drawings and cuttings lists
  • Develop a knowledge of industry practice and careers
  • Learn how to produce veneered panels  
  • Fit a range of doors, drawers and cabinet fittings
  • Apply finishes, and make necessary adjustments to finished pieces

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 2 study programme.

Entry Requirements

You need a Level 1 furniture qualification or a similar woodworking qualification.

What are the assessment methods?

You will be assessed through practical projects, a portfolio of evidence, assignments and examinations.

What are the College attendance requirements?

Two to three days a week. 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. Researching and designing a piece of furniture for your own home.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

You can progress onto our prestigious level 3 Furniture Design and Manufacture course, or seek employment in a variety of career opportunities in Furniture making and Woodworking, either while studying with us or at the end of the course. Many of our students progress onto self employment.

Alternatively a foundation degree in Furniture Studies at a specialist Furniture College/University, a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art, Design and Craft, or any other design or construction based subject dependant on achieving an appropriate level of qualification.

What are the progression options?

You could progress to our Level 2 Apprenticeship in Furniture Making, or Level 3 Diploma in Furniture Design & Manufacture course, or explore a variety of career opportunities in the furniture and woodworking industry. Alternatively you could enrol on a Foundation Degree in Furniture Studies at a specialist furniture college or university, a National Diploma in Art, Design and Craft, or any other design-based subject dependent on achieving an appropriate level of qualification.

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