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Furnishing Skills

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​​​​Does this subject contribute to an ATAR? No (Applied subject)

How many credits does this subject contribute towards QCE? 4

What is Furnishing Skills? 

Furnishing Skills focuses on the underpinning industry practices and production processes required to manufacture furnishing products with high aesthetic qualities.  

Students understand industry practices; interpret specifications, including technical information and drawings; demonstrate and apply safe practical production processes with hand/power tools and machinery; communicate using oral, written and graphical modes; organise, calculate and plan production processes; and evaluate the products they create using predefined specifications. 

Students develop transferable skills by engaging in manufacturing tasks that relate to business and industry, and that promote adaptable, competent, self-motivated and safe individuals who can work with colleagues to solve problems and complete practical work.  

What makes a student suited to Furnishing Skills?

Students who achieve success in Furnishing Skills are those who:
  • are hardworking and have an ability to work individually and in teams 
  • want to develop understanding of furnishing technology and its application to industry  
  • are preparing for vocational employment  
  • are supportive of the development of a safe working culture  
  • understand that the basis of practical skills is in theoretical understanding

What prerequisites must students meet in order to take this subject?
  • Year 9 - Nil
  • Year 10 - Successful completion of year 10 Furnishing

What is the cost of this subject?

  • Year 10 - $85
  • Year 11 - $95
  • Year 12 - $170

What materials or equipment do I need for this subject?​

  • BYOD laptop
  • Correct school shoes (leather or vinyl for wear 10)  
  • Steel capped boots for year 11/12 
  • Wear appropriate safety equipment when required (supplied) 


What do students study in this subject and how are they assessed?

  Unit OverviewsAssessment
Year 10Semester 1

Introduction into Furniture:

  • Framing Construction methods and jointing skill. 
  • Need for Speed C02. Students will be challenged to design a C02 dragster within set specifications. 
  • Introduction into Modern manufacturing technical and skills in common Furniture joint design. 

Summative assessment 1:  
project- folding table

Summative assessment 2:  
project- co2 dragster design 

  Semester 2

Introduction into Modern manufacturing:

  • Technical and skills in flat pack furniture design. 
  • Essential cabinet making skills for
  • Fine furnishing carcass construction. 

Summative assessment 3: 
Project- pre-pack furniture item 

Summative assessment 4: ​
project – storage box 

Year 11Unit 1

The Furnishing Industry:

  • Induction and Safety 
  • Furnishing Industry production processes and product quality. 

Formative internal assessment 1:  
Practical demo-stool 

Formative internal assessment 2:  
Project – dart cabinet 

Unit 2Communication and Teamwork in Furnishing Enterprises

Formative internal assessment 3:  
practical demo – vanity mirror 

Formative internal assessment 4:  
Project- clock design mantle 

Year 12Unit 3Manufacturing Enterprises Cabinet Construction

Summative internal assessment 1 (IA1):  
Practical demo- breadboard

Summative internal assessment 2 (IA2):  
Project – bed side cabinet 

Unit 4Working Cooperatively in Furnishing, Calculations and Cabinetmaking Workplaces

Summative internal assessment 3 (IA3): 
Practical demo – lathe bowl & lid 

Summative internal assessment 4 (IA4):  

Project – patio chair / other ​


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Last reviewed 04 August 2022
Last updated 04 August 2022