Foundation Programme

If you’re aged 16 to 19, you’ll need the right training and support to start out on your career as a goldsmith.


What is the programme?

Our full-time Foundation Programme at the Goldsmiths’ Centre provides young people with the core hand-skills to begin working in jewellery, silversmithing or the allied trades. As part of a small intake of ten students, you’ll be taught traditional techniques, such as fine jewellery making, silversmithing and stone setting; alongside contemporary processes such as Computer Aided Design.

I feel incredibly privileged to have been able to study at the Goldsmiths’ Centre. Going straight into an apprenticeship would not have allowed me to learn such a broad range of skills while also being able to sample less well-known areas of the industry.

Sian Hughes, Foundation Programme Alumni

What does the programme cover?

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
  • 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.

Course dates: Mon 11 September 2017 – Friday 29 June 2018 (with breaks for Christmas and Easter

Cost: Free for those who meet the eligibility criteria

Download our useful Foundation Programme Guide 2018 for more information about the course. 

Why apply?

The UK jewellery industry employs over 55,000 people and there are over 16,000 jewellery industry related businesses in the UK. You’ll 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, additional units in Employability Skills and the City & Guild Level 3 Diploma in Craft Skills.

Want to know what it’s 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:

How to apply?

To apply, download a Foundation Programme Application Form or email for more information.

Applications are accepted all year round.

Applications for 2017 close on: Sunday 23 July 2017

Interviews take place on: Friday 28 July 2017, 10am until 4pm

For 2017 applicants should be aged between 16 and 19 on Monday 10 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, ICT are a bonus as is work experience in 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.