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Level 3 NVQ in Furniture Making at City Training Services

Course description


This involves 4 and 6 Optional Units Mandatory Units.  The Apprentice will attend College for 1 day each week.  Apprentices will be observed and assessed by fully qualified and experienced tutors at college and Work Based recorders in the workplace.  The Apprentice will receive full support whilst training and will have a dedicated training co-ordinator who will give pastoral support, maintain regular contact and conduct a progress review every 10 weeks.  Prior to completing the Apprenticeship the Apprentice will have completed a comprehensive portfolio of evidence showing competency in all areas of Furniture Making.


Knowledge Based Evidence

There is a Diploma to complete for the Apprenticeship, comprising 6 Mandatory Units, 1 Optional Unit and a series of End Tests including Practical Assessments.  This part of the qualification is the underpinning knowledge the Apprentice will need to do the job effectively, covering Workplace Health & Safety, Developing and Maintaining Good Working Relationships and Methods of Work.

Functional Skills

Functional Skills in Application of Number and Communications at Level 1 are part of the framework but GCSE Grade C’s in English and Maths will exempt the Apprentice from doing these.

Course content


Unit 301:- Evaluate & Develop Own Skills and Expertise.

Unit 302:- Improve Process & Quality Control in a Commercial Environment

Unit 303:- Monitor & Maintain a Healthy and Safe Working Environment

Unit 331:- Complete Complex Production Furniture

Optional Units:-

Unit 305:- Select & Prepare Decorative Veneers

Unit 314:- Improve Customer Relationships

Unit 317:- Configure Furniture Production Equipment for Operation

Unit 318:- Produce & Maintain Jigs and Templates

Unit 319:- Solve & Prevent Furniture Manufacture Problems

Unit 321:- Produce Furniture Production Specifications

Unit 322:- Operate CAD Equipment

Unit 335:- Conduct a Health & Safety Risk Assessment of a Furniture/Interiors related Workplace



Unit 210:- Health & Safety within a Furniture & Furnishings Environment

Unit 229:- Sustainability in the Timber Trade

Unit 301:- Assemble Furniture Components by Hand

Unit 313:- Prototype Design in Furniture Making

Unit 315:- Research & Product Development in Furniture making

Unit 319:- Supervision in a Furniture & Furnishing Making Environment

Optional Units:-

Unit 205:- Attaching Doors, Drawers and Fittings in Furniture Making

Unit 311:- Produce Drawings using CAD

Unit 312:- Production Planning in Furniture & Furnishing Making

Entry requirements

It is recommended that the Apprentice achieves at least Grade D GCSE in English and Maths or Level 1 on the BKSB Assessment test.


On Site Assessment by College Assessor, End Tests in College, Classroom/Workshop Assessment by Tutor and Portfolio Evidence.

Future opportunities

Upon completion of the Level 3 NVQ the Apprentice will be a Skilled Furniture Maker.

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City Training Services directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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