Furniture Making Diploma Level 2 - 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 the 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 study 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.

  • Use all workshop tools to undertake practical tasks, use 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
  • Produce project cutting lists, produce patterns and jigs, identify and select timbers and safely use woodworking machinery
  • Prepare working drawings, understanding technical drawing practices and using workshop geometry
  • Develop an understanding of the design processes used in furniture making and an understanding of professional furniture making practice
  • Understand the importance of sustainability in furniture making

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,students 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 on a timed practical project, a range of practical tasks and a theory portfolio. There are also multiple choice theory examinations and written theory end of unit exams.

Progression Options

Apart from a variety of career opportunities in furniture and woodworking, learners can progress onto our higher level furniture courses.

Course Summary

Course Title Furniture Making Diploma Level 2
Entry Requirements

Furniture qualification or a similar woodworking qualification at Level

Learners will also need a desire to learn about furniture making, and have 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

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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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