Long Course Overview
• Do I learn Furniture Design as well as Furniture Making?
From cabinet making and carpentry, to bench joinery, fine woodworking and machining, Peter’s hands-on approach ensures all students develop the skills and confidence needed to become successful furniture makers. Peter was a Course Leader for Furniture and Cabinet Making courses offering NVQ, City and Guilds and BTEC National Diploma qualifications in state colleges for many years before starting his own School and his teaching is complemented by Sean Feeney, who joins us every week throughout the year as the School’s Designer/Maker in Residence. Sean teaches Furniture Design and skilfully helps students translate their design ideas into their own design projects. Sean is one of the top designer/makers in the country and has his own bespoke furniture making business Sean Feeney Furniture.
• Are your courses practical and intensive?
Our purpose built workshops are open to students from 8:30am until 7:30pm every weekday allowing students to gain the necessary skills and the speed needed to fast-track their furniture making skills and Peter is in the workshop on hand for his small group of students all day, every day.
The 35-week Professional Furniture Making and Woodworking course provides over 1,575 hours of bench time and tutoring – most college courses only provide about 350 hours of tutoring and bench time a year which is why they take much longer to complete. So, 45 hours of bench time per week over 35 weeks allows a student to gain the speed, confidence and ability that they need to become a professional furniture designer/maker in a shorter amount of time.
When Peter was designing his Professional Long Course, he made a conscious decision to follow a combination of the best and most suitable elements of the NVQ, City and Guilds and BTEC National Diploma qualification Syllabuses, plus concentrate on offering an intensive course that will give the same level of technical knowledge plus plenty of practical bench time - 1,575 hours.
• What is a Typical Day like?
A typical day on the professional long course looks like this:-
|9:00am-9:30am||Tutor Led Theory Session|
|9:30am-10:00am||Tutor Led Practical Demonstration|
|10:00am-12:45pm||Students – Hands-On Practical|
|1:45pm-5:00pm||Students Work on Individual Projects|
|5:00pm-7:30pm||Workshop available for Hand Tool working|
• Which Course - 9 Month, 6 Month or 3 Month?
Our professional long course has been designed to be modular. The Syllabus is designed so students can study all 35 weeks in one block on the 9 Month course, or opt to only study for 24 weeks (6 Months) or 12 weeks (3 Months), and add 3 or 6 Months later, as time and funds allow. Our long courses run for:
• 9 Months – 35 weeks over 3 Terms (Autumn, Spring and Summer)
• 6 Months – 24 weeks over 2 Terms (Autumn and Spring)
• 3 Months – 12 weeks (Autumn Term only)
Whatever students chose to do; the same Syllabus is studied throughout, meaning they can always build on the knowledge and skills already learned
• Where can I Stay whilst I am Studying?
Our Student Manager, Sarah, will help you with all aspects of finding accommodation and can be contacted on email@example.com
Depending on your needs, you can rent a small house or flat (2 or 3 bedrooms) for about £500-£600 per month excluding bills. For those wishing to share a house or flat with others, you can rent a room for about £60-75 per week including bills or for a separate self-contained annexe/studio attached to a private house you would pay about £70-90 per week including bills (a number of local landlords within 1-2 miles of the School rent out their self-contained annexe/studio to the Furniture School's students.
As Upton upon Severn and the Malverns is an attractive tourist destination, there is a busy local rental market with no shortage of places to stay.
For students wishing to live locally during the course, here is some information about the areas, which may help you decide where you might live:-
Upton-upon-Severn is a small, friendly tourist town – population 3,000 - it's right on the river Severn and is very popular with visitors for events such as its annual jazz, folk, rock and water festivals, and also with boating enthusiasts. It has a quaint high street with lots of independent shops and has lovely pubs on the riverside. It’s very peaceful and idyllic and the riverside is very attractive to tourists. Here is a link to the town’s website - www.visitthemalverns.org/upton_upon_severn
Great Malvern is 6 miles away, and is a Victorian Spa tourist town, population 30,000. It’s famous for its hills which attract many walkers, runners and cyclists, its pure (drinking) water, which is sold all over the world and of course it’s home to the Morgan Motor Car. It has independent shops, a fantastic theatre which has many pre-West End shows and has traditional pubs and small restaurants. Here is a link to the town’s website - www.visitthemalverns.org/home
Cheltenham is a great place to live and is an easy 20 minute drive to the School. It is a big enough town (population 100,000) to have plenty of amenities, but still small enough to enjoy a safe, community feel. There are plenty of things to do and see and it was voted the number one best place to live in the UK.
It has great shops, regency architecture, restaurants and cafes, art galleries, literary festivals, sports clubs, antiquing … Here is a link to the “Visit Cheltenham” website and do click on the link to the photo gallery to get a feel for the town - www.visitcheltenham.com
• How do I Apply?
First, please contact the School to confirm there is space on the course either by phone on 01684 591014 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Then complete the Long Course Booking Form and forward it with your deposit to the School.
For Long Courses, the deposit is £2,750 to secure your place. After that, the payment schedule for the 3, 6 or 9 month courses is detailed at the back of the Long Course Booking Form.
Peter Sefton Furniture School regrets that we are unable to accept applications from anyone under the age of 18 at the start of their course.