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Furniture Making Diploma Level 2 and 3 at Colchester Institute

Course description

The Furniture Making Diploma programme provides a broad knowledge of competence-based woodworking and furniture making skills. The course programme covers a wide range of traditional and modern skills relating to furniture manufacture. You will be working towards Level 1 and 2 in the first year and 2 and 3 in the second year.

Practical workshop sessions are combined with class tuition and computer-aided learning to help build a portfolio of evidence. There are end of unit written assignments for each unit and practical work is designed to meet the practical requirements for these units. In addition to your main programme, you will study English and maths. You will also engage in GEM and GAP activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills.

Course content

Furniture Making Diploma Units of study for level 2

  • Design Processes in Furniture Making
  • Attaching Doors, Drawers and Fittings in Furniture Making
  • Furniture Making by Hand
  • Health and Safety within Furniture and Furnishing Making Environments
  • Timber Technology in Furniture Making
  • Planning for Career Pathways in Furniture and Furnishing Industries
  • Professional Responsibilities in Furniture and Furnishing Making Environments
  • Sustainability in the Timber Trade
  • Technical Drawings and Workshop Geometry

Units of study for level 3:

  • Assemble Furniture Components by Hand
  • Prototype Design in Furniture Making
  • Research and Product Design in Furniture Making
  • Supervision in a Furniture and Furnishing Making Environment
  • Hand Finishing Methods in Furniture Making

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs (grades A*-E), including English and maths, or satisfactory results in a relevant Level 1 qualification, and an interview.
Entry to level 3 is based on the satisfactory completion of the level 2 qualification and report from the progression board.

Future opportunities

Various opportunities in cabinet making and joinery.

Progression to and/or completion of NVQ Level 2/3 dependent on evidence submitted.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Colchester Institute directly.

Last updated date: 01 March 2016

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