Upcycling is the process of reusing and refashioning old or discarded objects or materials and turning them into something useful and often beautiful.
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The aims of this Diploma course are to allow learners to develop their skills and knowledge in upcycling, including:
- The financial benefits of upcycling
- Ideas and items to upcycle
- Upcycling clothes
- Upcycling furniture
- Step by step projects
The course is designed to give the learner an understanding of upcycling and what can be achieved by it. It gives details on why we should be upcycling rather than buying new all of the time and the benefits of taking time to change and alter old worn items into something wonderful and individual. The course gives instructions on the materials that are needed to complete a project, from furniture to using old worn t-shirts and making rugs.
Upcycling is making use of items which no longer have a purpose to us. The old chest of drawers in the spare bedroom for instance which was very trendy 20 years ago, but is now tired and worn can have new life put back into it. Many people have upcycled items for years without even realising it. This is more apparent in larger families who have passed items of clothing down from one person to another. A denim jacket, for instance, may have been worn for a couple of years, then it was passed down or along the family. The new owner may have put badges or patches onto it to make it more individual. This is upcycling.
Couples who have just moved into their new home cannot always afford brand new furniture and are grateful for the sofa that was given to them by a friend. It may not have been the colour that they wanted, so they buy some throws and cover the sofa with them. Instantly, they have a new sofa in the colour or design which suits their surroundings. The sofa has been given a new purpose, it has been updated and made more desirable. This results in the couple saving money and the friend who gave it to them has not had to take the sofa to the landfill.
Within the programme there are a mixture of module types requiring a range of responses, including descriptive answers and the completion of knowledge based activities.
No prior knowledge or experience is required to take this programme of learning. The Upcycling course is available to anyone wishing to learn more about the options available for reusing and refashioning old furniture and used clothing. You can start the Upcycling Diploma at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration, with full tutor support.
The Certificate of Achievement from Quality Licence Scheme is gained by successfully completing a series of assignments. Your personal tutor will review, mark and provide you with feedback on your work.
At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).
The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that NCC Home Learning has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at QLS Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.
The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.
The Skills and Education Group’s knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.
*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales
- Module 1: What is Upcycling?
- Module 2: The Benefits of Upcycling
- Module 3: Items to Upcycle
- Module 4: Upcycling Fashion
- Module 5: Upcycling Furniture
- Module 6: Decorative projects and the use of decoupage
- Module 7: Running an upcycling business
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