Experience in woodworking is not a pre-requisite for entry into our full-time furniture design and cabinet making course. However, enthusiasm and a passion for furniture making are essential.

Our course caters for a variety of backgrounds, from School leavers to graduates, and from those seeking to change career to retirees. The most important attributes we look for are enthusiasm and a capacity for hard work.

Financial security

Students must demonstrate a commitment to their future and to the course by providing evidence that they have sufficient funds to support themselves during the course, as well as pay the course fees.


International Students

International students are required to have a visa and permission to study in the UK. The Chippendale School of Furniture is on the Tier 4 Register of Sponsors (Licence No 9K4C1UF57), with Highly Trusted status.

Unless you are eligible for an Ancestry Visa, you will be required to obtain a Student Visa under the Points Based System, which will allow you to remain in the UK for the full length of the course plus two months at the end.

English Proficiency

An IELTS level B1 score is adequate for participation in our course. The School can recommend experienced language tutors for one-to-one tuition or group study. We find that living and working in an English-speaking environment is a great way to improve language skills. With students from all over the world, communication is central to our success.

For more details about course costs and living expenses see fees and dates.