Woodwork For Improvers

Designed to boost your existing skills when it comes to woodwork.


Why take this course?

Designed as a follow on from the Beginners level, this course gives you the chance to improve your hand at working with wood. With expert tutor guidance, you are again introduced to the variety of techniques and equipment enabling you to gain and improve new skills, to produce some useful and attractive final pieces. You will learn how to use dove tail joints and then go on to make a small box or learn how to make a variety of joints.

What you will experience

Through tutor demonstration and hands-on practical experience you will build on confidence gained  during the Beginners course. The course aims to cover:  

  • Accurate marking and measuring
  • Clamping and gluing
  • Nailing and drilling
  • Sanding
  • Use of tennon and coping saws
  • Correct use of hand, bench and block planes
  • Butt joints, lap joints and dovetails


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Key facts

Mode of study
Where you can study

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, although this course is not suited to complete beginners. Completion of the Woodwork for Beginners course would be useful. 

What you will need

Learners will be asked to provide their own overalls or a change of clothing and steel-toed footwear. Materials costs are included in the course fee.

What you need to know

Next steps


Upon completion of the Improvers course, learners may wish to progress onto other construction courses.



Please note that timetabling changes can often occur after the Part-time Course Guide is published, and as a result the printed version of the guide may not hold the most up-to-date information.

We therefore advise you that all start dates and times listed on the website are at all times accurate, and should be used as your main point of reference before booking your course.

Ellon Learning Centre

Starts Duration Day(s) Time Fees Code
16 January 2020 10 Weeks Thursday 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm £135.00
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Online bookings

If you would like to book your place online, please complete the relevant form by selecting the ‘Book Online’ button. This will then be passed to our Admissions team who will process your application.

Paper bookings

If you would prefer to submit a paper booking form, please return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330
Email: enquiry@nescol.ac.uk

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