Upholstery and Soft Furnishings – C6276

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Course Overview

This course is for adults aged 19 years and above. This short course in upholstery and soft furnishings is aimed at complete beginners, giving you the opportunity to learn new skills as well as meeting new people. This course allows individuals to work on their own projects, for example, you can bring your own piece of furniture (chair, stool etc), make a curtain, a quilt, or cushions.
Courses can accommodate beginners through to those with advanced skills.
This is a practically-based course that does not result in a qualification, which means there are no exams or formal assessments. The courses are delivered in our workshop. Courses are generally nine weeks in length. These courses are very flexible to suit the needs of our learners. Start and end dates vary and are run in the daytime or evening depending on the groups’ requirement.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

You will learn upholstery skills and techniques by transforming a small piece of furniture from your home. Footstools, blanket boxes, dining room chair seats etc are ideal pieces to upcycle. You will be guided through every step, including the amount of fabric you will need to purchase to complete the project.
If you already have some experience of upholstery you can develop your existing skills and learn more advanced techniques in both modern and traditional upholstery.
You’ll also learn skills which will save money such as making your own curtains, cushion covers, runners, bed throws, blinds etc. You will be supported to plan your own project, including the materials needed and styles best suited to your needs.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

How you will be assessed

There are no exams or formal assessments. You will receive a College certificate on completion.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (19+): £85.00

Additional Costs

Fees and additional costs vary depending on the course type and duration.


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

You can progress on to the next level in the same topic, or you may wish to try a completely different subject from among the other community courses that we offer. We can also offer you guidance on other courses in the College or you can see a careers guidance expert.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website. You will be contacted to attend an interview if required, or you will be sent a conditional offer according to the entry requirements for the course. You will then be invited in 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 learner 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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