Woodwork for Women

Ref: C2523207

Do something different, learn new skills and change old attitudes, this course encourages students to choose a project, design & construct it, after learning how to use tools and improve techniques in a helpful, friendly atmosphere with attention to Health & Safety at all times. Students comment that learning in a co-operative working group, where differences are respected and equality matters, make this course a valuable 'social occasion.' Many students make things for the garden, storage solutions for the home, or items related to other interests which cannot be bought, or aren’t available in the right size. We collect small weekly payments for materials & can also work on cost cutting solutions & occasional recycling for all project materials and final costs.

Course aim

Gain skills using hand & power tools, develop design skills, idea to working sketches, prepare & construct a project of own choice from start to finish (to be agreed with tutor) & learn assembly techniques, ensuring safety at all times.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for women only as it is held in a women's centre
  • *be physically able to stand at a workbench and be able to grip tools. Help can be provided for most tasks. *Students need to bring/wear strong flat footwear, dress casually, bring/use reading glasses if needed and tie back long hair.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Use hand & power tools safely and accurately, understand how to store & maintain tools used.
  • Develope a design, create sketches, add measurements and complie these into a 'cutting list' identifiying all components prior to starting work on a project of own choosing, subject to approval.
  • Learn & apply appropriate assembly techniques according to type of construction methods used to make project.
  • Take all necessary steps & follow guidance to ensure health & safety and a safe working environment at all times for all.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • Students will be expected to work individually, in pairs and small groups to further their learning and develope greater understanding of joinery, timber technology and the need for sound construction.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress
  • Feedback from tutor will be ongoing and continuous, guiding students to progress from practicing tasks to working on their projects.

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • We collect small weekly payments for materials & can also work on cost cutting solutions & occasional recycling for all project materials and final costs.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Students will benefit from collecting ideas from projects from books, magazines, website, galleries, museums and events.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Degree level courses in 3D Design Rural/heritage skills (e.g. Green Woodworking & Woodland management) privately run.

Download full course outline

Woodwork for Women Course Outline


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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