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Level 2 Diploma in Furniture

Programme Description

Coleg Ceredigion is the only further education college in Wales offering courses in furniture making at levels 2 and 3. As a practical yet creative subject, our courses in furniture making may be an ideal route to a rewarding career. The Level 2 qualification is the ideal starting point, giving you the foundation skills you need to pursue a career as a furniture designer and maker. 

Our Level 2 course will ensure that you gain insight into all aspects of furniture design, making and finishing, both from a practical and theoretical viewpoint. Over the year, you will be required to follow two set design briefs (making a table and cabinet) as well as designing and making your own piece of furniture. 

You will learn how to craft joints by hand and machine, using  a range of locally sourced hardwoods. Other subjects covered include Technical Drawing, Timber Technology, Sustainability, Health and Safety and more. Your efforts will culminate in a showcase of your work at the end of year Furniture Design Exhibition.

Programme Features

The facilities at the Furniture workshops are second-to-none, where our comprehensive machine workshop has its very own solar kiln used to dry wood sustainably. You will gain knowledge and experience in the practical sessions as well as in master classes held each year by renowned craftspeople in the industry. You will build your practical skills in our state-of-the-art workshops while learning the theoretical side of product development with our team of expert, friendly lecturers.

Progression & Employment

This qualification will provide you with the skills and confidence to progress onto the Level 3 Diploma in Furniture Design, Making and Restoration course at Coleg Ceredigion. You may wish to progress onto the level 3 course, into employment in the furniture making industry, or self-employment.

Programme Content

Core Units include:

  • Furniture Making by Hand
  • Attaching Doors & Drawers
  • Finishing Methods
  • Sustainability
  • Timber Technology 
  • Health and Safety
  • Technical Drawing
  • Design Processes
  • Career Development and Professional Responsibilities.

Programme Assessment

Units are both internally and externally assessed. The college designs and assesses the internal assessments through assignments and active participation. City & Guilds sets and marks the external assessments.

Programme Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grades A* - D with 2 Cs, one being either English/Welsh (1st language) or Maths. Or successful completion of L1 vocational qualification in relevant subject. Mature learners without qualifications may be accepted subject to successful interview.

Additional Costs

£50 workshop fee + cost of materials for final project

All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £45.00 prior to enrolment.

You will need to provide your own stationary, and may also incur costs if the department arranges educational visits