York College

Entry Requirements

This qualification is suitable for anyone of any age wanting an introduction to furniture-making. No previous knowledge or experience is required.

Dates and Times

The 2021/22 academic year start dates are being finalised, applications/pre-enrolments for this course will open around May, please check our website around this time and apply/pre-enrol online. If you have any questions in the meantime please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Course Length

35 weeks.

Course Content

This course is a great opportunity to learn how to design and make your own simple furniture. During the course you will learn about materials, tools and equipment used in the furniture industry. For those out there who like looking around antiques shops, this course could help you understand a little more about furniture history and teach you the skills required to progress onto repairing and restoring old and damaged furniture.

You will have the opportunity to learn about woodworking joints, techniques and the basic skills needed to make furniture by hand. This will involve working from drawings to make a handmade furniture product. This will lead to an opportunity to make a small occasional table that could be individually designed to suit your own style. At the end of the course you will have a piece of furniture that you can take home. The course can further your interest in woodcraft or help you progress in wide range of jobs within the construction industry.

Exams and Assessments

The qualification is delivered using a range of units. Working in our well-equipped workshops, you will practice and develop furniture-making skills using hand and power tools, and develop knowledge of furniture history and design. The qualification is assessed by a practical assignment and a furniture-related theory assignment linked to your handmade furniture product, which you will create during the year.


Level 1 Award in Creative Crafts (Furniture Making).


For some individuals who have an existing interest in woodcraft, the course will help them to learn new skills. For others it may be a stepping stone to progress in wide range of jobs within the furniture-making or construction industry.

This is a basic practical skills course; in addition to learning new skills you will be improving your numeracy and literacy through the use of drawings, specifications and accurate measuring. It does not guarantee a job in the construction industry, but it will support your plans and career aims.

There is an option to progress internally onto the Level 2 Award in Creative Crafts (Furniture Making), which runs at the same time as the Level 1 course.


£292 - £585.

Courses costing more than £300 can usually be paid for in instalments. Please contact the College for details.

How to Apply

If you wish to study this course you do not need to fill out an application form, simply call our Admissions Team on (01904) 770397 or visit our friendly team of advisors in the InfoZone, located behind the main reception desk.


Contact Us

If you would like to enrol, you can do so via our Enrol Now page.

If you have any further questions about York College please email info@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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