Higher Education

There are many different ways to continuing studying after you finish school. Gaining a higher education level qualification will help you get the job you’ve always dreamed of. Choosing what course to do and where abouts to do it is important, and with plenty of vocational and academic options to choose from it’s not an easy decision. To help you out, have a look at the following options below and go from there:




An apprenticeship in furniture (or anything related) is a mix of study and on-the-job training. It is great for those who are hands on learners and want to be earning money while they learn. You will be working for a real business whilst also attending a local college each week on day release. This means you will learn lots of practical skills whilst also being awarded a qualification at the end.

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Foundation Degree

Foundation degree courses typically last for two years (or only one if you choose to continue onto a Bachelors degree course) and are run by colleges and universities. These courses give you a basic knowledge that prepares you either for employment or for further study.

Foundation courses aren’t usually specialised, and therefore if you are interested in a career in furniture you would typically undertake a foundation degree in ‘Art and Design’. This will expose you to a wide range of disciplines and help you to figure out what you really want to do, whilst also setting you up well for entering a specialised furniture related course.

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Bachelors Degree

Undergraduate courses are run by universities and involve studying for 3 years, with the option of spending an additional year working in industry or studying abroad. At the end you will receive a bachelors degree such as a BA or a BSc. Courses involve building your skills by completing lots projects which get harder and more open throughout your studies.

Degrees tend to be specialised, so you can focus on an area of interest that you particularly like, such as design, craft or making. It’s important to visit the university and ask lots of questions as courses can vary vastly between each other, even if they award the same qualification at the end.

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