Practical Furniture Making Diploma Level 1 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This course has a strong emphasis on practical woodworking and will provide you with the essential skills needed for employment in the furniture or fine woodworking industry. You will learn the techniques of making quality furniture using modern machines and hand tools and be taught the associated knowledge required for this subject.

Modules include:

  • Prepare drawings and cuttings lists
  • Identify and select timbers
  • Safely using woodworking machinery
  • Construct a range of joints using traditional methods
  • Construct and assemble furniture projects
  • A theoretical understanding of a range of furniture making tools and equipment

At the end of the year you will have completed at least one well finished piece of furniture along with numerous other practical tasks and exercises.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through practical projects, a portfolio of evidence and classroom-based examinations.

Progression Options

You could progress to our Level 2 Diploma in Practical Furniture Making or Level 2 Apprenticeship in 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.

Course Summary

Course Title Practical Furniture Making Diploma Level 1
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

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