Foundation Programme

If you’re aged 16-19 and set on a career in jewellery or goldsmithing you’ll need the right training and support.


What is the Foundation Programme?

Our full-time Foundation Programme at the Goldsmiths’ Centre provides young people with the core skills to begin a career in jewellery, silversmithing or the allied trades.

You will be taught traditional techniques from Master craftspeople as well as cutting edge technologies. The course is workshop based and covers:

  • fine jewellery
  • setting
  • enamelling
  • silversmithing
  • engraving
  • chasing
  • polishing and finishing techniques
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • design and drawing skills

You will also have the opportunity to get hands-on work experience with a professional company.

Why apply for the Foundation Programme?

You will graduate with the hand skills needed to become an apprentice – perhaps through The Goldsmiths’ Company Apprenticeship Scheme – or to go on to a job, or further or higher education courses.

You may also gain the City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing plus additional units in Employability and Creative Skills.

Want to know what it is like to be a student at the Goldsmiths’ Centre and who will be teaching you? Read a selection of interviews here from our Foundation Programme alumni and an introduction to our tutors: 

Things You Need to Know 

There are 10 places available on the Foundation Programme. 

Term dates: Monday 11 September 2017 - Friday 29 June 2018 (with breaks for Christmas and Easter) 

Application deadline: Sunday 7 May 2017

Interviews: Wed 1 and Thu 2 June 2017, 10am until 4pm 

Cost: Free for those who meet the eligibility criteria

Download our useful Foundation Programme Guide 2017 for more information about the course. 

How to apply

Click Apply now to download a Foundation Programme Application Form or email for more information. 

For 2017 applicants should be aged between 16 and 19 on Monday 11 September 2017 and be able to attend the Goldsmiths’ Centre in Farringdon, London from 9.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, during term time.

Grades A-C in Mathematics, English and ICT are a bonus as is work experience in a related workshop.

Visit our blog post ‘How to succeed in applying for the Foundation Programme at the Goldsmiths’ Centre’ for more tips on how to complete the application, create your portfolio and impress us at the interview stage.

Contact Us


The Goldsmiths' Centre
42 Britton Street

Tel:  020 7566 7650




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