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.

Dates and applications

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Furniture Making Level 1 SBSA and Construction Centre
Course Code
12/09/2024 - 27/06/2025
1 years
Date/Day(s) Being Finalised
Hours per week
Start Time
SBSA and Construction Centre
This course costs £1285. If you are aged 19 or over, you may be eligible to study for free. Please contact us to discuss your options or visit our Financial Support page.
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Course Code Dates Duration Days Hours per week Start Time Location Fee
LMP1868B01-1 12/09/2024 - 27/06/2025 1 years Date/Day(s) Being Finalised 12.00 09:00 SBSA and Construction Centre
This course costs £1285. If you are aged 19 or over, you may be eligible to study for free. Please contact us to discuss your options or visit our Financial Support page.
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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

We will invite you to a course information meeting event where you will receive information, advice and guidance about the course you have applied for. This will be an opportunity for you to gain valuable information about the course and give you the opportunity to tour our excellent facilities and ask any questions you may have.

You will be asked to provide a copy of a reference from an employer or relevant professional other. This is to ensure we can support you to be able to achieve well on the course.

You need 3 GCSEs at Grade 2 to Grade 3, including Maths and English, or a previous vocational qualification.

Don’t have any formal qualifications? Don’t worry, let us know, and we can assess you to ensure you will be able to achieve well on the course.

We are firmly committed to finding the right course for you to ensure you can flourish! Talk to us today if you have any concerns about the application process; we are here to help take you to the next level.

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.

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