Who is the course for?

This course is designed for those who have an interest in or are already employed in the industry as a welder/fabricator.

Learners will study the basic 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 both those with experience and those with no experience at all this course will provide learners with a nationally recognised qualification and the skills to progress within the welding and fabrication industry.

What does the course involve?

As far as possible the course is practically based and will cover both the theory and practice of welding and fabrication, covering the following units:

  • Working effectively and safely in an engineering environment
  • Engineering principles and practice
  • Principles of welding and fabrication
  • Metal Inert Gas welding (MIG)
  • Tungsten Inert Gas welding (TIG)
  • Sheet metalwork fabrication
  • Arc welding (option subject to demand)

What makes this course special?

Learners will be taught in our dedicated welding workshop, using high quality, industry standard welding sets. Relevant course trips may be arranged at an additional charge and dependent on demand. 

Entry Requirements

At least four GCSEs in the C – E or 4 - 3 range, including Maths, or a Level 2 qualification in an engineering subject or relevant industrial experience.

What are the assessment methods?

Assessment of the course is split between practical assessment and written exams. For each unit there is one exam and one practical task. Learners do not need any specific qualifications to start this course, however any experience in the field of engineering, welding or fabrication would be a benefit. Learners will need to bring overalls and safety shoes for the practical sessions.

How long is the course?

Please note, this is a two year course and there will be additional fees in the second year. 

What are the progression options?

The natural progression from this is onto the Level 3 BTEC National Certificate in Manufacturing or Operations & Maintenance or the BTEC HNC/HND in Mechatronics or Manufacturing (with appropriate additional qualifications), here at Bridgwater College.

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