Woodwork for Women

Ref: C2523835

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. Advice on suitable projects will be given & constraints on size, cost, skill levels required influence project choices.

Course aim

To enable complete beginners to learn about timber & joinery skills in a friendly, women only environment, in order to design, plan and construct a project, within certain constraints; beginners are encouraged to start with a realistic plan.

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
  • Willingness to learn new skills & work with others Measuring & perform simple sums is useful but not essential Ability to stand at a bench & grip tools is essential Please discuss any disabilities or health issues prior to enrolling

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

  • Design – I will produce sketches, add measurements and chose the joints, then compile my Cutting List for the project
  • Practical – I will practice to improve my techniques prior to incorporating these into my project (name of joints ____________ )
  • Assembly – I will choose the most appropriate Assembly technique and prepare clamps / cramps / glue & screws or other (________________)
  • I will pay attention to, and increase my awareness of Health and Safety at all times, following guidance given

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
  • Skills for project will be shown & practiced for improvement. Students then plan the order of tasks in project construction (design/cutting list, timber selection & component prep, labelling & cutting joints, cleaning up & assembly)

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
  • Students discuss, observe, measure, touch and manipulate work done in order to evaluate accuracy. We will discuss & assess if practice work is fit for purpose, then the 'next stage' can be started.

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
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Strong flat shoes, reading glasses, tie hair back, dress very warmly/old clothes Bring: pencil/tape measure/folder, T &coffee Cost: 50p-£1.00 a week, depending on project size (sm£3-£4, lg£5-£12) projects can take 1-2 terms to complete

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Project design: measure any 'obstructions' e.g. electrical sockets/switches, window cills/skirting boards, door openings etc, and the size of items to fit 'in' eg books, dvds.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Continue “Woodwork Course” progressing from basics to advanced techniques & Projects Colleges may offer Carpentry & Joinery Construction, green woodworking, forestry Design including furniture at Degree Level

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Woodwork for Women


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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