The CWF Foundation degree, validated by the University of Gloucestershire, is embedded in the staff development programmes of the nine participating cathedrals and provides the progression route for cathedral apprentices who have completed NVQ 3 qualifications.  

There are currently craft pathways available for stonemasons, carpenter/joiners, plumbers and electricians.

Additional craft pathways will be developed according to demand. Crafts currently under consideration include bricklaying, glazing and leadwork.

The Foundation degree is delivered over two academic years. Find out more about the course content …

Martin Gwilliams is a current student. He is writing a blog about his experiences working in the Gloucester Cathedral stonemasonry workshop whilst also studying for the Foundation degree.
Read the latest episodes of his Blog, A Mason’s Mark

Crafts people employed by other heritage organisations may be eligible to join the programme. Contact us for more information.

If you aspire to work as a cathedral crafts person and want to find out more about apprenticeships and careers in the CWF cathedrals, contact your nearest CWF cathedral in the first instance.