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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    All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

  • 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.

  • 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 this could be a vocational or technical qualification. 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.

    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.

    If you have chosen to study for a T Level qualification, this will involve college-based theory and practice lessons along with relevant work placement to enable you to gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours that employers are looking for.

    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.

    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).

  • Knowledge

    You will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of:

    • The structure of the industry and how the business works from an operational perspective

    • The procedures for the maintenance of tools and the workshop

    • All implications and legal requirements.
  • Skills

    You will have the ability to:

    • Interpret information to determine service required
    • Adhere to business processes and complete documentation following workplace procedures

    • Complete a range of services and inspect and prepare a finished product to the required quality standard for handover to the customer.
  • Behaviours

    What is required?

    • Take responsibility when required and be accountable when things dont go as planned

    • Operate as an effective team member
    • Build effect relationships with colleagues and customers.
  • General info

    You will require:

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

    4 GCSEs at Grade 9-4. It will be a requirement to Pass the Level 2 Fabrication and Welding qualification to progress on to this Level 3 qualification.

  • Admissions Process

    We recommend that you attend one of our exciting open events so that you can look around the department, the college and meet the tutors. You are welcome to do this before or after you apply. These events have proved very successful in ensuring students and their families see the best of what the college has to offer such as our inspirational teaching areas, teachers, library facilities and places to eat.
    Once you have applied our experienced Enrolment Team will consider your application carefully and will let you know, by email, if the College would like to make you a conditional offer based on you meeting the specified entry requirements. If your predicted grades or career aims suggest that an alternative subject area or course level would be more appropriate for you at this stage, we will contact you either by telephone, email or text. If you have told us that you have some additional support needs we will contact you to find out more so that we can help you.