The Interior Design - Level 3 Course is designed for students who wish to gain an understanding of principles and practice of Interior Design, and plan to establish an interior design small business. No prior knowledge is required.

Interior Design is a practice concerned with anything that is found inside a building's space - walls, windows, doors, finishes, textures, light, furnishings and furniture. All of these elements are used by interior designers to develop a functional, safe, and aesthetically pleasing space.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 3 Certificate of Achievement.

The Objectives of the home study courses are to:

  • Describe the history of interior design, classic design styles and the work of leading designers
  • Investigate the seven design elements which contribute to a design
  • Explore the room elements which influence a design effect
  • Undertake an interior design project
  • Develop a business plan for establishing a design business
  • Identify the tools of the trade

The Home Study Courses Include the Following 6 Units:-

  • Unit One –The Background

The following topics are covered: The origins of Interior design; Influences through the ages; Great Designers of our recent past; and Defining a style.

  • Unit Two –Design Elements

The following topics are covered: Space; Colour; Balance; Texture & Pattern; Scale; Line; and Form.

  • Unit Three – Room Elements

The following topic is covered: Furniture; Flooring; Lighting; Walls; Windows; Doors; Fabrics; and Accessories.

  • Unit Four –The Project

The following topic is covered: Space planning; Choosing a colour scheme; Choosing flooring; Choosing wall treatments; Choosing lighting; Choosing furniture; Choosing window dressings; Arranging the furniture; Choosing accessories; and The results.

  • Unit Five –Making a Living from Interior Design

The following topics are covered: Have you got what it takes to be an Interior Designer?; Setting up a small business (Business plan, Tax, VAT, Insurance, Health & safety).

  • Unit Six –Tools of the Trade

The home study courses also include a CD ROM which contains colour versions of all the pictures and graphics used in the course materials.


There are no particular entry requirements.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the home study courses are self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.


You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. Most coursework consists of short paragraph answers to set questions. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.


ABC AwardsOn successful completion of this course students will receive an Interior Design Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual's level descriptors page.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process. This means that the course developers (Kendal Publishing) have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements.

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