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Furniture Design and Making City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma at Herefordshire & Ludlow College

Course description

Modern designs and techniques are taught alongside traditional approaches. Tutors who are experts in their craft, combined with purpose-built workshops have led to overwhelmingly high success rates in recent years for those wishing to go on to university or gain employment. Your studies will also include visits to local furniture-making workshops, museums and specialist exhibitions.

This course includes the development of theoretical knowledge, but the main emphasis is on learning by doing. You will be designing and making your own furniture and can make full use of the workshop facilities.

Technical and presentation drawing skills are refined to better promote your ideas. You will look at modern manufacturing practices such as estimating and developing a business. The design element will become more of a focus; with greater thought and attention to producing highly unique and innovative pieces of furniture. On successful completion of the course, students will be in a strong position to either enter the industry or continue to develop their skills at university.

Course content

You will cover a diverse range of topics throughout your course. A selection of unit titles is shown below.

  • Hand-finishing Techniques
  • Decorative Veneering
  • Prototype Design in Furniture Making

Entry requirements

  • Successful completion of a suitable and relevant Level 2 qualification (e.g. Level 2 Diploma in Furniture Making)
  • Alternatively, applicants who can evidence suitable experience or aptitude will also be considered
  • Successful interview and initial assessment in literacy and numeracy
  • Applicants will be expected to demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to the chosen subject area


Assessment is continuous, with assignments, projects and practical work.

Future opportunities

Many students have gone on to Degree courses and higher education courses in various specialist areas.

Study options may include:

  • Furniture Design
  • Production Management
  • Fine Furniture Design and Manufacture
  • Restoration and Conservation

Employment options may include:

There is a demand for well-qualified people in the furniture industry and successful learners have gone on to become:

  • Kitchen Designers and Makers
  • Shop Fitters/Joiners
  • Cabinet Makers
  • Self-employed

Other employment options may include:

  • Furniture Production Manager
  • Antique Furniture Restorers
  • Reproduction Furniture Makers

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Herefordshire & Ludlow College directly.

Last updated date: 23 June 2016

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