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Target audience 

Engineers make the world and Hartlepool College of Further Education's School of Engineering makes engineers.  Do you want to be the next fabricator, welder or offshore worker?

This programme is aimed at school leavers who wish to take their first steps on a path to a career in fabrication & welding and at learners who have completed the Level 1 programme in engineering, manufacturing or a related field, and wish to progress to the next level of study within the fabrication and welding strand.

Entry requirements 

Prospective learners typically have, at minimum, 4 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, including Maths and English OR a suitable level 1 qualification in a related field.

Alternative entry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Course content 

The Level 2 Fabrication and Welding programme consists of a City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Engineering (Fabrication & Welding) and a mandatory tutorial session.  Learners without a GCSE Grade 4 (or equivalent) in English and/or Maths will be required to complete a suitable qualification in these areas alongside their Engineering course.

The City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma has been designed to further develop learners' knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable them to progress into apprenticeships, employment and further study within the fabrication and welding sector.

Learners will complete units covering:

  • working in engineering
  • engineering technology
  • fabrication and welding technology
  • metal inert gas welding
  • sheet metal fabrication and thick plate
  • bar & section fabrication

The mandatory tutorial session will allow learners to interact with their assigned tutor for progress and development, as well as engage with the Hartlepool College of Further Education tutorial programme.

Teaching & Learning 

A variety of teaching strategies will be employed in delivering this qualification, dependent upon the unit content.  This may include lectures, seminars, pratical work, simulated work environments and group activites.

Teaching and learning activities will take place in a range of specialist facilities, laboratories and classrooms.

The programme is delivered on a full-time basis; classess will be taught Monday to Friday.

Assessment criteria 

Assessment is at unit-level and is a combination of coursework and examinations.  Two units are assessed by online multiple-choice exams.  All other units are assessed with short-answer assignment questions and/or practial activities.  Each assessment component is graded either Pass, Merit or Distinction.

The overall qualification will be graded either Pass/Fail, based on the combination of the individual unit outcomes.


Upon successful completion of this programme of study, together with the endorsement of the course team, learners will hold a qualification that will enable them to progress to Level 3 and beyond.

Suitable progression opportunities within the School of Engineering include:

  • Level 3 Fabrication & Welding - Academic Route (Pearson BTEC Level 3 Award in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering);
  • Level 3 Fabrication & Welding - Craft Route (City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Engineering (Fabrication & Welding)

The Level 2 Diploma is the gateway to apprenticeships within the fabrication and welding sector.

Other information 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided to learners for use in the workshop.


Whatever course you choose, you'll get the highest level of training from specialist tutors, benefiting from their knowledge and experience of working not just in education but also in industry.

Application & Enrolment

You are able to apply online for all courses, however to complete your course enrolment fully, you will need to have an interview and then be accepted onto a course. The only courses available to enrol online are Full Cost courses, if you wish to enrol on any other course please call into Student Services or call 01429 295000.

Full Cost course fees are inclusive of VAT.

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