When can I start my course?
For long courses (12 weeks and up), our intake for new students is March and September.
You can view our dates for Taster Week, which is refundable against longer courses, here and a huge variety of weekend courses here.
How are the courses taught?
The courses are taught in small groups of around 6 students so you’ll get plenty of one-on-one time with the tutors. Theo Cook, our Vice Principle and Senior Tutor leads the day-to-day teaching with talks and lectures by both Theo and Marc Fish who is available daily. Students typically complete 3-4 projects over a one year course, which are designed by the students with guidance from tutors, but can be set by tutors if a student wants to solely focus on making. There are also occasional guest lectures and trips to exhibitions and timber yards.
Will the course qualify me to set-up my own business?
We have had students from the 12 week course set-up businesses, but if this is your aim, we’d suggest the 1 year course as a better option. They are ideal if you’re looking for a career change, or if you’re a student looking to build a business out of your passion. We cover business subjects including accountancy, legislation, and marketing. Plenty of our students have gone on to start their own business!
What happens after I finish my course?
Setting up your own workshop can take time, particularly as it can be expensive. If you’d like to carry on with your woodwork after the course, we have benches available to hire in the workshop. You could also gain work elsewhere, using the portfolio you will have built up during your time with us.