Release your potential – Designing and building


The Designing & Building pathway introduces you to making and developing products from wood. You’ll explore different types of wood and their uses to find out how to use, maintain and up-cycle them to produce high quality, personalised designs.

Each Release Your Potential pathway has a minimum of 4 x 2 hour teaching sessions including:

  • Skills Builder – focussing on Listening, Speaking, Problem Solving, Creativity, Staying Positive, Aiming High, Leadership and Teamwork.
  • Introduction to Joinery & DIY – covering various woodwork & maintenance skills including use of hand tools, methods to join materials, decoration and finishing.
  • Community Project – participating in a range of activities, events and opportunities which support local projects and organisations. To help you to develop all the skills you’ll need for next steps, you will also have the option to enrol on digital skills for success. This Friday afternoon class is exclusive to Release Your Potential learners and will help you to use digital tools and apps to get the most from your time on the course. You will receive support through your course with 1:2:1 appointments with your progression mentor.

To enrol on Release Your Potential, you will be required to attend a 1:2:1 Advice and Guidance appointment which will include an initial assessment. This assessment will review skills in speaking, listening, problem-solving and goal-setting to ensure the course is the right fit for you. Contact Curriculum Support to book your advice & guidance appointment.


There is no formal qualification or exams, learners will work towards personal goals and targets agreed with their tutors.

Progress will be tracked and assessed against the Skills Builder themes and monitored in tutorials with your progression mentor.

Course length

11 weeks


Course timetable for the Designing & Building pathway is:

  • Wednesday 1pm – 3pm
  • Thursday 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm
  • Friday 10am – 12pm



Release Your Potential learners may choose to move between pathways at the end of term to explore different opportunities or stick with one pathway for a whole academic year.

Your progression mentor will support you to explore and plan for your next steps ensuring that you can move into new opportunities which make the most of the skills which you have built. For example, you may progress into local community activities, a job, volunteering or formal qualifications such as the Level 1 Award in Construction.

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