SCQF Level 5

Course Overview

NC Furniture Crafts is a full-time course designed to give you an insight into the type of work covered day to day as a furniture tradesperson. This course will prepare you for employment making it a great choice if you are a school leaver or unemployed.  

We highly recommend that you seek an employer within the construction industry to take you on as an apprentice. This would be for the duration of your time on the NC Furniture Crafts course however an apprenticeship is not a requirement. Practical work experience with an employer allows you to spend time working at a furniture company and to get a feel for the joinery trade as well as heightening your employability skills.  

The course acts as a steppingstone to the furniture trade and encourages progression to an HNC/D course in furniture or employment within a furniture company.  

This course is taught between Edinburgh College classrooms and our workshops where you will gain essential, hands-on and real-life experience of the construction trade. You will spend three days a week for 36 weeks at Edinburgh College. During this course you will learn basic furniture skills which you can then put to practical use on work placements in preparation for starting an apprenticeship or other employment.  

The NC Furniture Craft course generally commences in August/September and concludes in June and is taught at Edinburgh College’s Granton Campus. 

What You Will Learn
This is an introductory course covering proper use of tools and equipment. The course covers several practical based units such as: 

  • Jointing Techniques 
  • Frame Construction 
  • Upholstery 
  • Working Drawings 
  • Veneering 
  • Power Tools 
  • Woodworking Machines 
  • Polishing and Hand Finishing 

The practical element of the course accounts for approximately 75% and the remainder is taken up by classroom-based tasks such as: 

  • Basic Hand Construction Drawing Skills 
  • CV Writing 
  • Interview Skills 

The practical work will take place in the carpentry and joinery workshops. The theory is delivered in general classrooms and computer rooms. 
Placement Information
  • The College, along with furniture companies, may offer the students work placements in live furniture workshops. We also encourage you to find your own work placement as this could lead to an apprenticeship and enhance your practical and employability skills. Work placements are usually on the two days you aren’t in college. You may also undertake an agreed two-week work placement with training providers and construction companies. 

Entry Requirements
  • Minimum of two passes at SCQF Level 4  
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • Assessment is through continual assessment both in practical and theory 

  • Tests will be conducted at the end of each unit 
  • All units within the course must be achieved in order to obtain the award 

Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • All students will attend an interview and go through the selection process.
Progression And Articulation Routes

  • You can further your education by applying for an HNC/D course in furniture. These full-time courses are not delivered at Edinburgh College at this present time. We recommend looking at Fife and Glasgow College’s websites for further information 

  • The course will enhance your chance of getting an employer to sponsor you for the next course HNC in Furniture, which is a one-year full-time course 

Career Opportunities
  • Gain an apprenticeship in your preferred trade profession 

  • Employment within the construction industry 
  • Employment at a furniture company 

Number Of Days Per Week
  • 3 days per week over 36 weeks 
Course Cost And Funding Options
Start Date and Time

Full Time

This course will start week commencing...
  • Monday 31/08/2020
End Date

Full Time

This course will end on...
  • Wednesday 16/06/2021
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