Fabrication and Welding

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: City & Guilds

Qualifications on offer: 2850¬32 Diploma in Welding and Fabrication

Summary of course

Students will study the principles of fabrication and welding technology and acquire and develop practical skills in different types of welding techniques and processes within our specialist and fully equipped welding workshop. Designed for those with previous experience this course will provide students with a nationally recognised qualification and the skills to progress within the welding and fabrication industry.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Health & Safety
  • Engineering Principles
  • Principles of Fabrication & Welding
  • Welding of Materials MIG/TIG
  • Plate Work of Fabrication Materials
  • Solidworks Plate metal 3D developments
  • CNC programming
  • Pattern Development using AutoCAD

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

Awarding Body specification.

How is the course assessed?

This course will be assessed using the following assessments:

  • On-line
  • Practical assessments
  • Theory assessments

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal if you have an interest in advanced welding or are alread employed as a welder/fabricator and wish to gain a Level 3 qualfication in fabrication and welding.

Welding is one of the few remaining crafts used in manufacture and construction and this course will increase the skills and knowledge required to work within this environment.

Progression and Career Opportunities

After completing this study programme you could continue your study onto one of the following options:

  • TWI Coding
  • Apprenticeship in the Welding Industry

These qualifications can also help you to progress in a wide range of engineering roles including:

  • Engineering operative
  • Engineering maintenance technician
  • Foundry moulder/Core maker
  • Mechanical engineering technician
  • Sheet metal worker
  • Toolmaker/Machine setter
  • Welder

Find about more about career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the ‘What Can I Earn?' section of our website.

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs; mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2: Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent: Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels: Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths
Level 4/5: A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship; equivalent of 48 UCAS points
Specific Course Requirements: Standard Level 3 entry requirements including GCSE English and Maths and a full-time Level 2 C&G 2850-22 qualification or two C&G 3268 Level 2 Awards in different welding processes

*All applicants will be invited in for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C).

In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

Please bring any GCSE and Welding Certification yiu may have to your interview.

General Info (materials required for the course)

You will require:

  • CE marked Auto Welding Helmet
  • CE marked gauntlets for both Mig and Tig
  • Safety boots
  • Flame retardant coated overalls
  • Rigger gloves

Course fee information

All Students will need to enter or register for their course qualification either by examination entry or Board Registration. The course tutor will advise you how to enter or register for your qualification and of the College deadline. All late entries are subject to a late entry fee.

The following fees will be payable in full:

16-18 year olds

  • All re-sits except first re-sit of GCSE Mathematics and English
  • Unauthorised absences from any examination entered
  • Any examination/registration unsupported by your subject tutor
  • Late examination/registration entries
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

19 years or over

  • Level 1 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Level 2 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Second Full Level 3 course: You may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay for the course fees^2
  • Level 4 course: Loans may be available^2
  • All Levels: Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

Overseas Students

  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 1 of a 2-year course
  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 2 of a 2-year course
  • £350 non-refundable Examination/registration fee in Year 1
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

^1 Fee remission may be available if you are in receipt of a state benefit. ^2 Contact the Enrolment Centre for more information on 0300 123 2344.

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We are planning to offer this programme from September 2018. The full details for the 18/19 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2018. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us or complete our easy online enquiry form.
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