AMUSF Modern and Traditional Upholstery (short course)

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Why study this course?

Furniture has been designed, made, upholstered and restored at The Cass, London Metropolitan University (formerly the London College of Furniture), for nearly 50 years. This course continues that tradition, and is part of the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers (AMUSF) professional qualification programme.

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More about this course

Here at The Cass, we offer a unique learning experience encouraging excellence and creativity within the University environment, with expert tuition by experienced professionals recognised within the industry along with technical support, professionally equipped workshop facilities and an extensive library.

The University has strong links with the upholstery industry and livery companies. For the last 25 years, the Worshipful Company of Upholders has awarded prizes for outstanding student work at its annual awards ceremony.

This AMUSF-accredited course is designed to give you an excellent grounding in the skills, techniques and materials of the traditional and contemporary upholsterer, both practical and in business, preparing you for employment or self-employment within the furniture industry.

The course comprises three stages which can be completed in two ways: 
  • Option 1: two year duration: two days per week in year 1, completing stages 1 and 2 followed by one day per week in year 2 completing stage 3.
  • Option 2: three years duration: one day per week completing one stage per year for three years
We can also offer evening study options (covering one stage over two years). Please get in touch for further details about this. 


Fees and key information

Course type Short Course
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Who's this course for?

The course is suitable for those seeking a career in upholstery. This is likely to include both beginners and those who already have a working knowledge within the industry.

Course structure

The AMUSF course follows a progressive three-stage programme:

  • stage one: Craft Certificate – 210 hours
  • stage two: Intermediate Craft Certificate – 210 hours
  • stage three: Diploma – 210 hours

You can choose to study on a two-day, one-day or an evening course.

The programme progresses through three stages, each stage taking 210 hours, leading to a diploma in stage three (a pass will be required at each stage before you can progress to the next stage). It is a practical course requiring a degree of manual dexterity.

There is no obligation to complete all three stages but a pass is required at each stage in order to progress.

Working through each stage, you will advance the skills already learnt whilst being introduced to new materials and techniques. The course is heavily practical in nature, concentrating on learning through making with opportunities for group discussion as well as lectures and visits by industry experts.

Tutor profiles

What our students say

"The course is excellent, the teachers are outstanding and I learned beyond my expectations. The teachers transmit the love they have for a beautiful craft and profession." 

"A really excellent course with experienced and motivating tutors."

"A fantastic three years!"

"I loved the course. My tutor, Rachael South, was wonderful; incredibly patient, very knowledgable and communicated the content in an easy to understand way."

"The level of teaching is second to none."

"Amazing, course that surpassed my expectations. Matthew Gates is an incredible teacher."

"Excellent teachers and course. I enjoyed it and learnt a lot."


Course dates

Course dates

September 2018 to July 2019


One day a week for 35 weeks 
Two days a week for 35 weeks
(the two day course is now sold out,
please get in touch if you would like
to be added to the waiting list) 

Day and time Various
Maximum class size 10
Contact hours 210 to 420


A 20% discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University alumni members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.

What's included in the price?

In addition to the course fee there are additional charges for materials.

Terms and conditions

Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

Further information

Students are able to pay the fee in full or in four instalments via our direct debit scheme.

We are a Professional and Career Development Loans registered learning provider, registration number 5304.
A Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning.
For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.


Please note, the loan covers a maximum of 2 years of study only so you will need to either apply:
  • in year 1 - if you are choosing Option 1
  • in year 2 - if you are choosing Option 2



How to apply

For information on how to book, please email

For information on course content, please email

When to apply

Booking is now open for 2018/2019.