City & Guilds is the leading provider of vocational qualifications in the United Kingdom with over 400 courses covering nearly every occupation you can imagine. Whether you want to change your career or simply learn a new skill, their thorough and reasonably-priced courses are a good place to start. Perhaps because of the sheer number of classes on offer, the site is somewhat labyrinthine. An attempt to use the search facility to find courses on soft furnishings inexplicably brought up a reference to Medals for Excellence in Photography. Better to click on the City & Guilds logo and go to the Our Qualifications section. Then use the pull-down menu to view a list of subjects and click into Creative Arts, Crafts & Leisure Pursuits which brings up a selection of courses including Basic Soft Furnishings & Upholstery, Introduction to Home Interior Design, and Furniture Restoration. Send an email to discover local teaching centres; our enquiry yielded a reply within two hours.