Workshop Using a cross cut to cut components

The College workshop is as industrious and active as any workshop you’d find in the commercial world. Here students are given the opportunity to learn a range of basic skills to equip them to work in production processes. Students engage in producing useful wood products such as bird boxes, shelving units and other small items of furniture and learn about the production process, use of tools and equipment and importantly, health and safety procedures.

Typically, students learn to:

  • recognise and use basic hand tools
  • use measuring and marking tools
  • recognise materials to be used
  • follow and use sequencing to assemble parts
  • join wood based materials
  • use power tools and equipment safely
  • apply a surface finish

Throughout the workshop session students develop a range of communication skills to listen and follow instructions, make choices, use relevant terminology, practise their team working skills.

Students are expected to behave in an acceptable manner, to follow set rules to ensure their safety and that of others and to respect each other and their opinions.

There is a strong emphasis on health and safety procedures so that all students are made aware of the risks inherent in a workshop environment and how to mitigate them.

Workshop a Finished student Product

Assessment Methods

Assessment is made by tutor observation, Tutor evaluation of progress and peer evaluation. This enables the tutor to keep a record of progression and skills gained to date. Students progression is recognised through this system and can lead to externally recognised qualifications. The students work is submitted for moderation both internally and externally before award of the appropriate qualification.

Functional Skills Embedding

Each student has individual core targets derived from a diagnostic assessment to calculate the appropriate level of learning required. In addition to this all students are given tasks within the session to encourage the embedding of literacy and numeracy by developing the following skills:


  • Speaking, listening and communication
  • Reading
  • Writing


  • Measuring and Marking
  • Sequencing

Individual Programed Subjects Areas

  • using basic hand tools safely
  • using measuring and marking tools safely
  • Health & Safety in the workshop
  • Fix wood based materials using nails & glue
  • Fix wood based materials using screws & glue
  • Sanding wood based materials
  • Applying a finish to wood based materials
  • Using Machines and power tools (closely monitored)