To provide a specialist work-related qualification in furniture, upholstery, finishing furniture and wood machining.
To prepare you for employment and/or to provide career development opportunities for those already in work.
The course is made up of units covering furniture finishing methods (hand and spray finishing), upholstery, soft furnishings, mattress making, modern and traditional upholstery and wood machining.
The content of the course is very diverse and challenging to prepare you for work in the industry. From measuring, cutting, sewing of fabrics to customer or company requirements usually within a workshop. Items may include cushions, curtains and similar products.
Use of hand and power tools, possibly machinery under supervision. Add padding and soft covers to furniture. Cover or re-cover items with fabric or other materials, occasionally repairing furniture.
Apprentices may work in a production environment or a craft workshop. Some may specialise in one aspect, e.g. padding sofa arms, others may complete entire items.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment will be carried out as you progress through the course. This will be in the form of externally and internally set exams, plus practical assessments.
Information & support
It introduces you to the employment area you have chosen and provides a good basis to go on to a more advanced certificate Level 3 City and Guilds Diploma and/or NVQ Diploma.
Apprenticeship routes. Please contact either the course tutor or ask to speak to the College apprenticeship coordinator for further assistance.
Group size approximately 10.
Safety shoes must be worn when in the workshop.
What can I do with this qualification?
With further training or study, students may progress into careers in the Furniture industry including:
• Undertaking an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in Furniture, Furnishings and Fitted Interiors
• Undertaking a related Engineering Apprenticeship
• Undertaking a Higher/Advanced Diploma in Manufacturing and Product Design, Construction and the Built Environment or the Creative and Media
• Undertaking Assessor and Verifier qualifications
This certificate in Furniture, Furnishings, and Wood Machining prepares you for employment and provides a good grounding to go on to a more advanced course, such as:
- Advanced Apprenticeship in Furniture, Furnishings and Fitted Interiors
All courses incorporate Functional Skills.