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Level 3 Diploma in Fabrication and Welding Engineering Technologies

This advanced course strengthens the knowledge and skills gained at level 2 as you will be developing specialist welding skills, whilst working in our fully equipped workshops using MIG, TIG and MMA welding techniques.

You will gain an understanding of AC transformers and DC inverters and will be able to weld mild steel, stainless steel and aluminium in both vertical and overhead positions.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start in September and will take one year to complete full time (if aged 16-18) or two years part time (if 19+ and/or in employment) to complete.

What will I study?

During this course, you will cover the following units:

  • Engineering and environment health and safety
  • Organisational efficiency and improvement
  • Fabrication and welding principles
  • Pattern development methods
  • Manual metal arc welding
  • MIG/MAGS welding
  • TIG welding
  • Producing sheet metal fabrications

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed through a combination of assignments and an externally set examination.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have four GCSEs at grade 4 (equivalent to grade C) or above, including maths and science or have industrial experience within fabrication welding.

English and maths forms an important part of your future, ensuring you achieve the best success in your chosen career. But don't worry, if you haven't got the desired grades, we will still have a course available for you.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2017), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please click here.

For adult students course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. For more information on the financial support that may be available, please click here.

If you are aged 19+ you could also choose to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees enabling you to study now, pay later. Loan eligibility isn't dependent on income or employment status and there is no credit check. Loan repayments don't start until you have finished your course and earn over £21,000 per year.

For more information on the Advanced Learner Loan, please click here.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Once you successfully complete your course, you may decide to look for work in the industry within welding inspection, automotive industry, rail networks, steel fabrication and erection or oil rigs, to name a few.

Alternatively, you could progress on to a higher apprenticeship, gaining further qualifications whilst earning some money.

Ref: Steve Schofield


Computer Aided Design (CAD)
Beng (Hons)
Electrical Engineering
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Why study Engineering with us?


Excellent facilities and workshops at a purpose built technology centre, which reflect real, working environment.


You will be taught by highly qualified staff with industry experience.

Breadth of courses

We have a range of courses in a variety of engineering disciplines at all levels.

Industry links

We have links with international companies and organisations.

Employment opportunities

Engineering and technology are areas that continue to be in demand.


With the skills and experience gained from our courses and the support from tutors, many of students have successfully secured a variety of engineering positions.