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City & Guilds Diploma Level 1 Guitar Making and Repair at Robert Owen Academy

Course description

This course starts you on the road for skills needed to make a guitar, including different construction methods and different styles of instrument. The course may include visits to auctions, museums, and instrument collections to help build up your knowledge on the development and history of guitars.

Topics include:

·         Woodwork skills and theory

·         Making accurate joints

·         Selecting and choosing tools

·         The types and use of adhesives and abrasives.

You should aim to complete at least one instrument and this will include how to find and choose the right wood for your project.

The name of the course, as it appears on your qualification, will be NVQ Certificate in Performing Engineering Operations – Level 1.


The tutor will give you feedback throughout your course.

Entry Requirements

Three GCSEs in relevant subjects or other related qualifications and experience. You’ll also need a short interview with a tutor who will check the course is right for you. To guarantee a place, you should aim to book at least a month before the course starts.

Financial information

Included in the course however, if you opt for specialist woods additional charges may apply.  You might wish to buy your own tools to help you practise and develop at home. Talk to a tutor for more information about this.

Future opportunities

Move up to our Level 2 guitar making course and build on the skills you’ve learnt or to complete a project.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Robert Owen Academy directly.

Last updated date: 27 July 2015
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