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Machine Made Furniture (Wood Machining) – Level 2 Diploma


The furniture team welcomes you to join a department that sits amongst the best in the country. A centre of excellence designed around one objective: to bring out the very best you can be.

What will you learn? You will develop your skills and experience with machine made furniture. We teach you how to use different types of machines to process timber and shape components out of wood and focus on building items of furniture using commercial methods to prepare you for a career in the industry.

How will you achieve this?

You will learn how to use a range of classical machinery and techniques and new CNC technology. We work on several design-and-make projects involving a range of learning activities. The first project involves producing a bench hook using portable power tools. Next, you will complete a set project, which is a coffee table, and then you will apply your learned skills to complete two portfolio pieces, which you can design and present.

The course is an immersive experience and develops your abilities to plan, problem solve, design, produce and manufacturer. As your experience with the machinery grows throughout the year you will produce a final centre devised assessment piece.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are expected from the awarding bodies. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.

You can find out more by visiting the City & Guilds website:

Please note that whilst we are planning to run the required modules in the following academic year, there may be changes to the curriculum in response to COVID-19 or updates from the awarding bodies.


You need to have an interest in carpentry.

GCSEs – If you have not already studied a level one course, you should have achieved GCSE (or equivalent) Maths and English with at least a grade 4 in either; and grade 3 in the other to be able to join this course.

You may be someone who has previously completed the Level 1 Construction skills, or can demonstrate prior experience within the wood industry.

You will have a positive attitude, an enthusiasm towards learning and an interest in producing high quality crafts. Your progress will be reviewed regularly throughout the year.

Admissions enquiries

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Financial support

The applicable fees for this course, including any available discounts, will be listed in the information above.

How to apply

Once you have created an account, you can easily apply to your chosen course and track the status of your application at any time.


Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2


Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.


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