Coleg Ceredigion is the only further education college in Wales offering courses in furniture making at levels two and three. As a practical yet creative subject, our courses in furniture making may be an ideal route to a rewarding career.
Building on skills learnt at level two, this This University of the Arts London (UAL) Awarding Body course allows you to develop your design and making skills, whilst gaining an understanding of professional production practices. It will provide you with the industry-standard skills you will need to make quality work and that potential employers’ require.
During the course of the year, you will respond to set briefs and also research, design, prototype and produce your own pieces of furniture. Your efforts will culminate in a showcase of your work at the end of year furniture design exhibition.
You may wish to progress further to study at degree level, enter employment or set up your own business in the industry. Success on the course can provide a pathway into self-employment, an industry apprenticeship, or employment in furniture making, fitting and related industries.
You will learn more advanced practical techniques such as angled work, curved work, batch production methods and wood machining techniques. The year consists of two main assessments - one where you will be required to independently research, design, prototype and make your own piece of furniture. You will also take part in a team project during which you will batch produce a set of dining chairs for public sale.
You may wish to progress further to study at degree level, enter employment or set up your own business in the industry. Success on the course can provide a pathway into self-employment, an industry apprenticeship, a place in the department incubation scheme or employment in furniture making, fitting and related industries.
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.
Five GCSEs at grades A*-C, which includes either English language or Welsh (first language) and maths, or completion of a level two vocational qualification in furniture making or carpentry. Mature learners without qualifications may be accepted subject to a successful interview.
£50 workshop fee plus the cost of materials for your own projects.
All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £25 prior to enrolment.
You will need to provide your own safety footwear (protective toe), tape measure and stationery. All other tools are provided. Some specialist trips may involve additional costs.
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Coleg Ceredigion is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales No. 08725643 and is a registered charity No. 1154557.
The registered office is at Park Place, Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 1AB