Immerse yourself in the use of timber as a sustainable and cost-effective building product on this hands-on course. Advancements in off-site construction technology create new opportunities to maximise value while reducing labour, material use and overall project waste.  

Explore various typologies and find new ways of applying techniques in efficient and effective ways. Develop practical skills, ready to apply in your professional practice, as you respond to a real-world challenge, presented from an industry perspective. You’ll design and build a scaled model using component-building methods, both existing and proposed. 

Enjoy a blend of online and in-person learning experiences on this part-time short course, including five days in our award-winning Centre for Timber Technology at our Skylon campus in Hereford.  

Be confident in the quality and relevance of your learning – all of NMITE’s timber courses are endorsed by CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building), CIAT (Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists) and TDUK (Timber Development UK).

Learn in an award-winning workspace

The award-winning (Construction Excellence ‘Social Value’ Award) Centre for Advanced Timber Technology (CATT) is among the most advanced timber design workspaces in the UK. Built to demonstrate the principles and benefits of cutting-edge timber construction, the building is also a ‘living lab’ with the latest sensor and monitoring technology built into its fabric. This provides industry with unique real-world building performance data.

NMITE students working in the Centre for Advanced Timber Technology
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Hybrid learning model

Enjoy in-person and online workshops

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Industry-relevant learning

The course is endorsed by CIOB, CIAT and TDUK

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Real-world case studies

Work on real problems from real employers

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Hands-on learning

Benefit from NMITE’s unique ‘learn by doing’ approach

Who's this course for?

This course is ideal for those with some related professional experience. You may also be undertaking some kind of built environment or construction training or study.  

Timber TED 1 student

What you'll learn

Build on your existing knowledge of sustainability and timber as a building material, understanding the principles of timber design construction and engineering methods in the context of a built environment studio. After completing the module, you’ll be able to: 

  • create an artefact that responds to design briefs 
  • propose designs of building elements unconstrained by current technology, construction and material limitations 
  • utilise technology to produce and communicate designs 
  • demonstrate how innovative design principles can guide future industry practices 

Transforming the construction sector

Courses are delivered from our NMITE Centre for Advanced Timber Technology (CATT). The centre is transforming the construction sector through world-class education, research and industry collaboration. CATT will play a crucial role in positioning the UK as a leader in sustainable construction, aligning with the climate emergency and UN Sustainable Development Goals, fostering expertise in modern methods of construction, and ensuring access to renewable resources.

NMITE Centre for Advanced Timber Technology
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Course details

This course is delivered at level 4, which is equivalent to the first year of a degree. It equates to 60 degree-level credits and can contribute to the CPD credits required by several industry organisations.


  • Work in teams to create a unique design to meet the requirements of the brief 
  • As a team, create a design focused on modern methods of construction and component methods to be easily assembled and disassembled 
  • As a team, create a design that considers the strength and flexibility of timber and solves a specific concern focused on sustainability 

Duration, delivery dates and study modes

  • This course runs part-time across four weeks via online and in-person channels including live workshops as well as content in a rich virtual learning environment 
  • Course dates: 19 August – 11 September 2024 (you’ll receive access to the virtual learning environment and course tutor contact information on day one). 
  • The course comprises of approximately eight hours of supported and independent work each week. This includes: 
    • five live online sessions: 
      • Wednesday 21 August (2-4pm) 
      • Wednesday 28 August (2-4pm) 
      • Wednesday 11 September (1-4pm)  
      • Thursday 22 August – teamwork sessions (10am-2pm) 
      • Thursday 29 August – teamwork sessions (10am-2pm)  
    • five days in person on campus during week three:  
      • Monday 2-Friday 6 September (9am-5pm) 
    • your final presentation will be delivered online in teams on: 
      • Wednesday 11 September 
    • independent work via the virtual learning environment 
    • access to course tutors for learning support between sessions 

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements. However, the course is most suitable for those with related professional experience or those undertaking some kind of built environment training or study.  The course also provides the ideal progression route from Timber TED Design 1


In-person elements of the course take place at our award-winning (Construction Excellence ‘Social Value’ award) Centre for Advanced Timber Technology (CATT) - among the most advanced collaborative workspaces in the UK. 

Built to demonstrate the principles and benefits of cutting-edge timber construction, the building is also a ‘living lab’ with the latest sensor and monitoring technology built into its fabric. This provides industry with unique real-world building performance data.

Address: NMITE, Centre for Advanced Timber Technology, Skylon campus, Canary Drive, Hereford, HR2 6JT

The campus has free parking outside.

Assessment and feedback

The course is assessed through designs, created artefacts and a final group presentation.


  • £900 per learner, £600 for partner organisations
  • Or register for the Timber TED 2 bundle, including three courses, for £1,200


Register your interest today

Ready to apply or make an enquiry about a Timber TED course or bundle? Simply register your interest today.

Award-winning Timber TED bundles

Check out our Timber TED bundles, credited with the Accelerate to Zero Green Skills Award 2023. Endorsed by CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building), CIAT (Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists) and TDUK (Timber Development UK), each course has been designed to provide you with comprehensive and flexible training to upskill and reskill for modern methods of timber construction.

Woodwork project from NMITE Timber TED course

Related courses

Make the most of our TED 2 bundle discount by purchasing all three TED 2 courses for £1,200. Develop your skills on our award-winning TED 2 training programme and gain valuable credits for your CPD.

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Timber Construction: Typologies, Techniques and Methodologies (TED 2)

Gain a comprehensive understanding of how ‘timber in construction’ has evolved into different contemporary building typologies. 

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Timber Technology: Design, Engineering, and Construction (TED 2)

Delve into digital technologies used within and useful for the built environment, specifically related to the timber construction industry.  

Course background

This course has been designed as part of the award-winning Timber Technology, Engineering and Design 2 short course, which is now offered as a set of standalone smaller courses specifically to meet the needs of industry. The online content has been reimagined to provide the learner with a better experience and the ability to manage the time dedicated to the course more effectively and efficiently.

The course supports the CIOB corporate plan 2023-28 to ‘equip CIOB members (individual and company) with the knowledge and skills to manage and deliver the construction process in environmentally sustainable ways’ and ‘to contribute tangibly to reducing the industry skills shortage across priority skills’. The course also perfectly sits within the Government’s Timber in Construction Roadmap.

Register your interest

If you're ready to register your interest in a Timber TED course or bundle, or to ask a question, simply complete the short form below. You'll receive an application form shortly and a member of our team will answer any queries you have.