Upholstery Improvers 1 – C8171

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Course Overview

The course takes place at our St Margaret’s Campus and runs each Monday 12:30 – 15:00 for 9 weeks. If you have ever wanted to restore or up-cycle a piece of small furniture, come and join this creative workshop. You will need to bring your own piece of small furniture to work on as your project. You will be able to purchase some extra materials through the college.

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. Footstools, blanket boxes and dining room chair seats are all ideal pieces to up-cycle.

You will be guided through every step of the process but please be aware, 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 on a weekly basis with the help of your tutor.

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 are in receipt of 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 up-cycle 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 onto one of our full-time fashion or design-based programs.

What Happens Next

Click the apply now button to apply for a place on the course. You will then be sent your enrolment instructions if there is a place available for you.

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