Our full-time, nine-month course 2016/17 is now fully-booked.  However, if you would like to add your name to our waiting list, please contact us to request an application form for the 2016/17 year.


Dates for the 2017/18 nine-month course will be as follows:

Autumn term: 9 October – 15 December 2017 (10 weeks)

Spring term: 8 January – 16 March 2018 (10 weeks)

Summer term: 9 April – 15 June 2018 (10 weeks)

 An Investment in Your Future

Our intensive cabinet making course, covering skills from practical furniture making to design and commercial skills, is the equivalent of at least three years at college.

Our syllabus is designed to be more effective than other furniture making courses, both in the UK and internationally.

We achieve this through a commitment to:

  • One-to-one tuition with visiting experts and experienced tutors
  • Building foundation skills – teaching solid woodworking skills with up to 80 woodworking techniques to world class levels
  • Practical bench work (up to 1400 hours)
  • Restricted class intake (a maximum of 24 students per year).

This focused approach allows us to provide students with a future in furniture design in only 9 months.

Course Fees for 2017-18 (UK students)

  • The course fees for 2017-18 are £18,750.  Overseas students may be eligible for a Travel Bursary; please apply to the School for details.
  • A non-refundable deposit of £3,000 is payable to secure your place at the School.

Evidence of your ability to cover course fees and living expenses is naturally a pre-requisite of enrolment.A cluster of acorns

The Course Fees Cover:

  • all tuition
  • the use of hand and machine tools
  • all materials (within reason)
  • entrance fees to museums and private houses.

Early Bird Discount

For the 2017/18 course, we are offering an Early Bird Discount of £750 to those students who have their place fully-registered by 31st January 2017.

Travel Bursaries

The Chippendale School also offers ‘Travel Bursaries’ to assist students joining the school from overseas with their travelling expenses.   The Travel Bursaries, which are limited in number, are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.  Anyone applying to join the school from overseas can apply for a Travel Bursary by contacting the school in writing, either by email or letter.

If you have any concerns about the benefits of our furniture making course, watch our School Videos, see why our students think we’re different and better and read our Student Feedback.

Alternatively, send in an enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)1620 810680 with any questions.

Professional Career and Development Loans (PCDLs)

The Chippendale School is approved for Professional Career & Development Loans (PCDLs). You can apply for a PCDL if
(a) you are aged 18 or over
(b) you have lived in the UK for at least three years, and
(c) you can show that you intend to work in the UK on completion of your training.
PCDLs are administered by Barclays Bank and the Co-Operative Bank – and the Chippendale School’s PCDL registration number is 4991.

Tools and Equipment

The Chippendale School provides for your use on the course most of the tools you will need to become proficient in woodworking and furniture making.

The only tools that a student is required to purchase are a set of Pfeil carving chisels (approx £200) and a robust personal dust mask (approx £250).  The School is able to purchase carving chisels and dust masks on behalf of the students so that they can benefit from a bulk-buy discount.

Accommodation in the Area

The cost of accommodation in the area (including utility bills) is approximately £3,500 to £4,500 over the duration of the course. The Chippendale School is a well known part of the community and, over the years, we have built up good relationships with local landlords who offer a range of good value, approved accommodation.  For students requiring our help, we are able to introduce them to landlords offering accommodation to suit their preferences.

Course Payment Schedule for 2017-18 course

  • A deposit of £3,000, payable on enrolment, secures a place on the course.
  • The balance of tuition fees is payable one month before the start of the course. The balance due is subject to the deduction of any awarded discount/s.

Why an ‘Intensive’ Course Makes more Financial Sense

We’ve designed the course to provide you with the best value possible. For those changing career, a three-year course is often unaffordable (due to loss of earnings and the need to cover living expenses over three years).

That’s why our furniture course is designed to provide you with the same furniture design and woodworking skill-set in just nine months (with about 30% more practical bench time) compared to other longer three-year courses.

Visit the student gallery to see what students can achieve during the 30-week course – and bear in mind that only a sample of their work is shown here.

If you have any questions, please contact our friendly staff using our Enquiry Form – or call us on +44 (0)1620 810680.

To apply for a place on our course 2017/18, please fill in the application form on the Apply Now page.

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