Upholstery and Soft Furnishings – C6417

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Course Overview

The course duration is 9 weeks and takes place at our St Margaret’s Campus. All machinery and equipment is provided. You do have to bring your own piece to restore/up cycle and you can purchase material from the College. There are various classes throughout the week so please contact the community Learning Team to find the latest availability.

You can join a half or full day course.

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 and dining room chair seats are all ideal pieces to up-cycle. Soft furnishings such as curtains and cushions can also be done. You will be guided through every step of the process. You will have to transport your piece of furniture to College, and then from College once the course has ended.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements other than being over 19 and having a piece of furniture to restore.

How you will be assessed

At the start of your course you will decide with your tutor your project will be. They will be unique to you and your project. You are not assessed and there are no exams.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (19+): £90.00

Additional Costs

The cost of the half day program is £85.00 and £170.00 for the full day program – both last for 9 weeks. You will not be required to pay a fee for this course if you are in receipt of one of the following benefits:
Universal Credit
JSA or ESA (Employment and Support Allowance Work Related Action Group)
low waged.
Evidence of benefits will be required on the application.

The Community Learning Team will be able to answer any queries you may have on this.


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 up cycle furniture. It is a short course and you work specifically on one project decided by you. On completion you may wish to enrol again to hone those skills, restore a different piece or it might inspire you to look into enrolling onto one of our full time fashion or design based programs.

What Happens Next

You can apply online or contact the College for further information.

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