The Advanced course covers years two and three of a three year programme and provides you with the opportunity to develop more advanced skills and experience and progress towards employment in the Woodwind Instrument Making and Repair trades. This course includes the making of a complete Clarinet from raw materials. You may also have the opportunity to experiment with techniques used in Flute Making and may opt to study Metal Bodied instrument making instead of repair. The range of instruments for repair includes the Bassoon, Piccolo, Bass Clarinet and Cor Anglais. Upon successful completion you will be able to progress into employment or become a self-employed maker or repairer. During this course you will study: fault-finding and repair techniques; an introduction to the replacements on tenons; tone holes and the repair of dents in metal bodied instruments; the repair of cracks in wooden bodied instruments; an introduction to advanced and speed repair techniques. You will also learn to manufacture your own specialist hand tools used in guitar making, which are otherwise expensive to buy. This work will complete the Level 2 Performance Engineering Operations qualification.
You will need to already hold a Foundation Woodwind Instrument Making and Repair qualification or have equivalent woodwind restoration experience. A good command of spoken and written English is also essential and those from outside the UK and EU must also have a qualification in English at or above level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages in order to apply for a Tier 4 student visa. You will be required to attend an interview and provide a reference (from an employer or recent school/college report).
Assessment is through practical work. A final test is externally moderated. A college certificate will be awarded to reflect pass, merit or distinction standards achieved