Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

Bridgwater Campus.

Who is the course for?

This course is for you if you are interested in furniture making, fine woodworking or product design. This enjoyable and stimulating course has a strong emphasis on practical woodworking skills. You will build on the essential furniture making skills you have already learnt on our Level 1 course or equivalent skills developed elsewhere. The course will enable you to develop your skills to professional standards suitable for employment in the furniture or fine woodworking industry; this may eventually lead onto you setting up your own woodworking business.

What does the course involve?

You will further develop your techniques of making quality furniture using modern machines and hand tools to produce practical tasks as well as your own furniture. In the design studio you will learn background theory to working in wood and constructing furniture, alongside drawing and design skills.  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:

  • Using all workshop tools to undertake practical tasks
  • Using techniques to produce shaped and veneered parts construct and assemble furniture and cabinets
  • Fit a range of doors, drawers and cabinet hardware
  • Apply mouldings and finishes, and make necessary adjustments to finished pieces
  • Producing project cutting lists, patterns and jigs,
  • Drawing practices and using workshop geometry
  • Health & Safety
  • Understand the importance of sustainability in furniture making

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

  • Level 1 furniture qualification or a similar woodworking qualification 
  • A desire to learn about furniture making and a love of working with wood

What are the assessment methods?

  • Practical projects 
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Assignments
  • 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 can progress onto our higher level C&G level 3 Furniture Design and Manufacture course, or explore a variety of career opportunities in the Furniture and Woodworking industry. Alternatively a foundation degree in Furniture Studies at a specialist Furniture College/University, a BTEC 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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