Introduction to Upholstery Beginners 1 – C8172

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Course Overview

The course takes place at our St Margaret’s Campus and runs each Monday from 9:30 am – 12 noon for 9 weeks.

If you have ever wanted to restore or upcycle a piece of small furniture, come and join this creative workshop were you will learn useful upholstery skills and techniques by transforming an existing piece of small furniture from your home.

All other machinery and equipment is provided.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

You will learn useful upholstery skills and techniques by transforming an existing piece of small furniture from your home. This may include footstools, blanket boxes and dining room chair seats, all of which are ideal pieces to upcycle.

You will be guided through every step of the process but please be aware, that you will have to transport your piece of furniture to college at the start, and then from college once the course has ended.

Entry Requirements

You must be aged 19+ and be able to complete a short workbook every week with the help of your tutor.

As part of this short course, it is expected you bring your own piece of small furniture. You will be able to purchase some extra materials through the college.

How you will be assessed

At the start of your course, you will decide with your tutor what your project will be. There are no formal assessments, exams or coursework. Your tutor will informally assess your progress each week.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (19+): £90.00

Additional Costs

The cost of the course is £90.00. However, you will not be required to pay a fee for this course if you receive one of the following benefits:

– Universal Credit
– JSA or ESA (Employment and Support Allowance Work Related Action Group)

Evidence of benefits will be required on the application.

There will be no fees if you earn less than £20,319.


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

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Course and Career progression

This hobby course is designed as an introduction to the skills required to restore or upcycle furniture. Upon completion, you may wish to enrol again to hone your skills and restore a different piece or it might inspire you to look into enrolling on one of our full time fashion or design based courses.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website. You will be contacted to come into College if required, or you will be sent a conditional offer according to the entry requirements for the course. You will then be invited to enrol for your chosen course of study.

For enrol and pay courses: Once you have decided to take the course, you need to fill in a short student details form online and pay the course fee. Once you have done this, you will receive an electronic confirmation of enrolment and payment.

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