Course overview

Furniture Making level 1 City of Bristol College

This is a practical-based qualification that develops making, polishing and machining skills and offers a basic craft introduction to the Furniture Making industry.

The course gives you the opportunity to study both the knowledge and practical aspects of Furniture Making at Level 1 and it covers the basic aspects of cabinet making, wood machining and wood finishing.

This course runs parallel with the Carpentry and Joinery Level 1 Diploma course. Please note you will be studying on both courses as they are mandatory for your qualification.

Additional information

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for learners who have a keen interest to learn knowledge and skills to start a career in Furniture Making.

What you'll learn

The practical work consists of a series of small yet involved mini projects in the first stage of the course, and culminates in the student making a small item of furniture.

Mandatory modules:

  • Health and safety within furniture and furnishing making environments
  • Tools and equipment in furniture making and furnishings
  • Materials in furniture making and furnishings
  • Furniture making by hand
  • Preparation and wood finishing methods in furniture making
  • Using machinery to cut, plane, mould and joint furniture components

Course entry requirements

To join this course, students will need the following:

Essential requirements:

  • An initial assessment at Level 1 or above in Maths and English
  • A good record of attendance and commitment at school or college
  • Able to demonstrate a high degree of enthusiasm and a commitment to succeed and prepare effectively for employment

Desirable requirements:

  • GCSEs in Maths and English at Grade 3 (D) or above
  • An excellent record of attendance and commitment at school/college
  • A strong commitment to adopt a ‘work ready’ approach, taking responsibility for your own development and behaviour

How is the course delivered and assessed?

You will be assessed in a number of different ways and receive regular feedback in reviews to guide your progress. Some of the ways in which your success will be measured are:

  • Attendance
  • Exams
  • Online assessments
  • Practical assessments
  • Portfolio work

Future career and study opportunities

On successful completion of the course you may be able to progress to the Level 2 Diploma in Furniture Making. You could also apply for an Apprenticeship in the Furniture Making industry.

Additional costs

You will need protective footwear and a high visibility vest for practical sessions.

As a City of Bristol College student, you may incur additional costs to attend your course. For example, it is likely you may need to pay for travel and stationery.

Many courses offer learning opportunities that you may need to pay for. This may include things like study visits and visiting speakers. We will let you know in advance if there will be additional costs.

If you are on a limited income, you may be able to receive help from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.

To keep everyone safe, we’ve reduced the number of people in our buildings at one time. Most of our courses include sessions taught at the college supported by online learning. 

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