Furniture Production Level 2/3

The Furniture Production 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 completing Level 2 in the first year and Level 3 in the second year.

National Skills Level 3 Offer

From April 2021, the Lifetime Skills Guarantee gives adult learners (who will be studying for their first full Level 3 qualification) the opportunity to study a fully-funded course. It is part of the government’s National Skills Fund to help adults to gain the skills they need for employment, and to improve their job prospects.

Level 3 of this course offered at Colchester Institute is included in the Lifetime Skills Guarantee.

Do I have to pay a fee?

Level 3 will be free if you meet the eligibility criteria listed below. If these do not apply, you may need to pay a fee, and the fee is located further down the course information page. You can apply for a loan to cover all of your tuition fees.

As there is no direct entry onto Level 3 for this course you will need to enrol on a lower level to be able to progress to Level 3. Depending on your circumstances you may also be eligible for free training at Level 2 or below.

If you are aged over 19 and have studied this course at Level 2 with us previously (or at another training provider) and would like to enrol directly onto level 3 please contact our Admissions Department, where candidates will be assessed on an individual basis prior to application.

Level 3 of this course will be free:

  • If you are aged 19+ and enrolling on a full level 3 course and you do not already have a qualification at this level*.

* This means that you have not previously attained a full level 3 or equivalent (2 A Levels or 4 AS Levels, or QAA Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma at level 3, or a level 3 Tech level or applied general qualification (e.g. BTEC)).

***Applications for full-time courses to start in September 2022 are open now!***

We want to make sure you have the best chance of securing a place with us. All full-time applications received by 31st of January 2022 will be guaranteed a place at Colchester Institute, subject to you satisfying the published entry requirements. We still accept applications after this date but may not be able to guarantee you a place on your chosen programme.

Application for this course are made by the ‘Apply Online’ buttons located in the menu further down the page.

If you are looking to start, or are a parent/guardian of a learner looking to start in September 2022, then bookings for our popular January Open Events are also open.

January Open Events

What Will I Learn?

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 activities to develop your English, Maths and employability skills.

Course Content

Furniture Production 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

Practical Activities:

  • Using hand, power tools and basic machines
  • Constructing basic wood working joints – mortice and tenon to dovetails
  • Making doors and drawers
  • Basic veneering
  • City & Guilds assessment: Constructing a bedside cabinet

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

Practical Activities:

  • Developing advanced furniture making techniques
  • Creating shaped work
  • Veneer matching
  • City & Guilds assessment: Constructing a Bow Fronted chest of drawers
Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs (grades A*-E/9-3), 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. For Level 3 – those with significant woodworking experience will be considered as direct entry at this level.

What Can I Do Next?

Various opportunities in cabinet making and joinery. Progression to and/or completion of NVQ Level 2/3 dependent on evidence submitted. Students can progress onto Higher Education to study a Foundation Degree in Furniture Design.

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

We have also prepared a step-by-step video guide – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

Furniture Production Level 2/3
LevelLevel 2
Level 3
DurationTwo years | Year 1: Level 2 | Year 2: Level 3
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+ - Level 2: £1,929
19+ - Level 3: £5,421
*This course will be free to any adult meeting the eligibility criteria under the Lifetime Skills Guarantee


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