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Furniture Restoration HND

(SCQF level 8)

Design Crafts & Graphic Arts, Creative Industries

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Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 2 years


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This course will allow you to develop your skills in furniture analysis and practical solutions, through workshop activities. You’ll study the history of furniture design and materials as well as the construction, upholstery and finishing of period furniture. You’ll also restore items of furniture throughout this course.

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • NC Furniture Making; OR
  • Higher Craft and Design at Grade C or above AND National 5 English at Grade C or above; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview, where you'll get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.
  • You'll be asked to provide examples of any design and/or making of furniture or 3D work.

ESOL entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

What you study

You'll study:

  • Furniture Materials.
  • Furniture Construction.
  • Workshop Practice.
  • Woodworking Machines.
  • Restoration Techniques of Timber.
  • Upholstery and Finishes.
  • Veneering.
  • Gold Leaf and Decoration.
  • Power Tools.
  • Furniture Restoration Practices.
  • Conservation and Restoration of Materials.

After the course


Career opportunities are many and varied. A high number of craftspeople are self-employed or in a partnership, which can be rewarding. There are also jobs in furniture trades and shop-fitting.

Continuing Study

On successful completion of your HND you may apply to:

  • Year 2 or 3 of the BA (Hons) Furniture Restoration at Buckinghamshire New University.
  • Entry to a range of other degrees such as Product Design at a variety of educational institutions.
  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    31st Aug 2020, 2 years
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome