Diploma Level 3 Furniture Design and Making




1 year(s) Full Time

Start Date:


Summary & Entry Requirements

Course Includes

This course includes practical and theory elements. You will develop your practical skills and produce a variety of furniture pieces from cabinets to chairs. You will also develop your design skills allowing you to design and make a major piece to showcase your skills.

Principal Qualification

Diploma Level 3 Furniture Design and Making.

Entry Requirements

Completion of Level 2 Diploma in Furniture Making.

Facilities & Location

Course 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.

Course Location

Moulton Campus
Moulton Campus

Moulton College is one of the longest established Colleges in the country. This history of providing education and training gives the campus a unique feel, combining tradition with the latest and most up to date resources.

Moulton now provides a wide range of courses specialising in the natural, built and recreational environment, which is not only spacious and attractive, but provides an ideal location in which to study.

The College is proud of its record since beoming an independent Further Education Corporation in 1992. The number of students has increased significantly, and the courses on offer now range from pre-entry through to degree and post-graduate level. Staffing breadth and expertise have increased, and the buildings and specialist resources are now amongst the best in Great Britain.

Moulton is situated close to major motorway networks and main railway lines, provising easy access from all parts of the country.

Study Progression & Careers

Progression Opportunities

Students generally progress onto a higher level of Furniture Studies course, move into a job with training (such as an apprenticeship) or move into full time employment.

This Course

Diploma Level 3 Furniture Design and Making

Courses at a Lower Entry level Other Courses at This Level Courses at a Higher Entry Level
Diploma Level 2 Furniture Making
Diploma Level 2 Wood Machining

Further Information

Course Overview

Professional and vocational qualifications lead to accreditation, be it from an examining body, such as City & Guilds or Edexcel, or professional recognition, such as from Construction Skills or Lantra. The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) recognises vocational achievement through the attainment of credits for units of study and for whole qualifications. The smallest qualification is the Award, then the Certificate, and the largest is the Diploma, although there are other intermediate qualifications also available. The duration of study will typically reflect the size of the qualification.

Learning & Assessment Methods

Vocational and professional qualifications are taught through college based theory and practical lessons with further learning and understanding developed via directed self-study. Assessment consists of internally set coursework and assignments, although some professional and vocational qualifications may require the achievement of externally set assessments.