Furniture Studies

Our courses explore a variety of approaches to construction with particular emphasis on wood machining, furniture making and furniture design.

Learn skills in both wood machining and hand-crafting furniture, to equip you for employment or further study. Study timber technology, technical drawing, upholstery, design processes, finishing and polishing techniques and health and safety.

The course has been designed to gradually build your confidence, progressing to the production of high quality, complex pieces of furniture as your skills improve.

You could access:

  • Specialist workshops for cabinet making,  wood machining, traditional and modern wood finishing and upholstery.
  • A design studio equipped with computer aided design facilities.

In order to equip you for your course with us, we will offer a tailored programme to students who have not achieved a grade 4 - 5 or C in GCSE English or Maths.


Our courses:

Furniture Studies Courses

Course Title Type Start Date Length Location
Diploma Level 2 Furniture Making Full Time September 1 year(s)
Moulton View
Diploma Level 2 Wood Machining Full Time September 1 year(s)
Moulton View
Diploma Level 3 Furniture Design and Making Full Time September 1 year(s)
Moulton View

Furniture Studies Facilities


All classrooms at the college are fitted out with modern and specialist equipment related to the area of study. They are also regularly upgraded to ensure they remain state of the art and provide inspirational places to learn and grow your knowledge.

Furniture and Cabinet Making

Dedicated, specialist workshops are provided for cabinet making, wood machining, model making, interior design, traditional and modern wood finishing, textiles, decorative paint techniques, laser cutting and computer design.

All are well equipped with appropriate specialist equipment and resources for a wide range of creative craft subjects, while students are encouraged to build up their own range of hand tools and equipment associated with their craft.

Materials are provided to practise techniques on small samples, but students are required to purchase their own for creating full-scale items.

We also encourage students to seek inspiration by visiting galleries, design museums, trade fairs and other relevant places, and organise regular trips that help to develop your understanding of the context of 3D, interior and furniture design and making.

IT Facilities

Significant investment has been made in I.T. facilities over recent years, teaching is enhanced with IT in the majority of classrooms and a number of I.T. Suites operate throughout the different campuses utilising a mixture of PC’s, Laptops and Netbooks.  A cutting edge Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) system means that Students at all sites receive a consistent IT experience. 

Fast WiFi networks cover the majority of the campus, and students are enabled to bring their own devices for use during informal study periods. 

We run Microsoft Windows and Office 2010 with a range of specialist software to support each curriculum area.  Each student is provided with a College email address and a home area to store their files alongside this 24/7 access from home is available to the College’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where lesson notes, interactive study aids, and videos support and reinforce teaching from both the classroom and practical sessions.

Learning Resource Centres

The college has learning resource centres at the main Moulton site, and the East Northants vocational skills academy. The Moulton LRC provides access for 240 people, including a designated IT area for our higher education students.

Each learning resource centre offers a range of services such as libraries, careers advice, learning support and study spaces, as well as access to resources including books, journals, newspapers, trade literature, online resources and DVDs.

Each centre also has a computer suite that provides access to network drives, the internet and Moodle, as well as hardware such as printers, copiers and scanners. Specialist software includes AutoCAD and packages for horse management, farm management, garden design, accounting, statistics and mind mapping.

For anyone requiring additional support, the learning resource centres at Moulton and at the vocational skills academies offer learning support, where needs can be discussed and arrangements put in place.

Machine Shop and Finishing and Upholstery Shop

The well equipped machine shop contains cross-cut and rip saws, planer, thicknesser, bandsaw, spindle moulder, table router, mortiser, tenoner, speed sander, bobbin sanders, CNC router and lathe. An excellent selection of powered hand tools is also available. The finishing shop caters for traditional and modern wood finishing techniques, containing a spray booth and benches for hand finishing. Upholstery equipment is used for both modern and traditional practices.

Furniture Studies Profiles