Furniture Making Certificate Level 1 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

For those who are interested in furniture making or fine woodworking, this enjoyable and stimulating course has a strong emphasis on practical woodworking skills. The course will prepare learners with the essential skills needed for employment in the furniture or fine woodworking industry,which may eventually lead on to setting up a woodworking business.

Learners will be taught the techniques of making quality furniture, and use modern machines and hand tools to produce practical tasks as well as their own projects.

The course is two-thirds practical work, with the remainder being theory studies.

  • Prepare drawings and cuttings lists, select, prepare and maintain tools and equipment, produce patterns and jigs, identify and select timbers and safely use woodworking machinery
  • Use all workshop tools to undertake practical tasks, construct a range of joints, and use methods to produce shaped and veneered parts, construct and assemble furniture projects
  • Fit a range of drawer and cabinet hardware, apply mouldings and finishes and make necessary adjustments to finished pieces

Over the year, learners will be given set practical tasks to teach making processes, and help to gain confidence with practical skills. Learners will increasingly be encouraged to develop their own ideas in their work which reflect their own sense of style. In the design studio learners will learn background theory to working in wood and constructing furniture, alongside drawing and design skills. At the end of the year learners will have completed at least one well finished piece of furniture along with numerous other practical tasks and exercises.

Assessment Methods

Assessment will take place on all of the practical projects and tasks that are set, and learners must produce a portfolio of evidence that will include written worksheets and theory assignments. There is also a multiple choice theory examination.

Progression Options

Progression is to higher level furniture courses, or to seek employment in a variety of career opportunities in furniture making and woodworking.

Course Summary

Course Title Furniture Making Certificate Level 1
Entry Requirements

Learners’ abilities will be assessed at interview. Students will also
need a desire to learn about furniture making, and a love of working with wood.
All of the tools and equipment will be provided, 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, learners will be expected to
finance their own final major project.

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I found the entire experience of studying my Level 2 course really rewarding, that I decided to further my knowledge by completing a Level 3 course. I’m continually learning new skills and it’s really helping my professional development in the workplace.

Amanda, ILM Leadership & Management Level 3

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