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Target audience 

This programme is aimed at learners who have either completed a Level 2 in Fabrication & Welding or gained four grade 4 GCSE's including Maths & English and wish to develop their knowledge & understanding of Fabrication & Welding.

Entry requirements 

Prospective learners are required to have a City & Guilds Level 2
Diploma in Engineering (Fabrication & Welding) or four grade 4 GCSE's. 
Alternative entry qualifications will be considered on an individual

Course content 

The Level 3 Award in Fabrication and Welding is one year of study.  Alongside a mandatory tutorial session, learners will complete a Pearson BTEC Level 3 Award in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering.

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Award has been designed to further develop learners' knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable them to progress into apprenticeships, employment and further study.  The combination of units covered is geared towards the fabrication and welding sector.  Learners will complete units covering:

  • health and saftey
  • maths for engineering technicians
  • welding technology
  • fabrication processes & technology
  • communications and technical drawing

Learners will also have an additional fabrication and welding workshop session, to further their skills in the field.

Learners who achieved a Level 2 Diploma in Fabrication & Welding but didn't gain 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 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.

Upon successful completion of the L3 Award and with a positive endorsement from the course team, learners can progress to the second year of the programme and top-up their qualification to a Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering.

Learners will complete units covering the production of a student-led project, mechanical principles, welding principles, computer-aided design and material science.


Teaching & Learning 

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

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; classes will be taught Monday to Friday.

Assessment criteria 

Assessment is at unit level and will consist of a variety of assessment instruments, including assignment work, practical work, presentations and time-constrained tests.  Each assessment component is graded either Pass, Merit or Distinction.

The overall qualification will be graded between a P (pass) and D* (distinction star), based on the combination of the individual unit outcomes.

Assessed work must be submitted by a strict deadline.


Upon successful completion of this programme of study, learners will hold qualifications that are recognised nationally by further and higher education establishments, as well as employers and other stakeholders.  This will enable them to progress to employment, apprenticeships and further study.

Progression from the L3 Award will be;

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering which is a one-year course.

Further progression once the L3 Diploma is complete within the School of Engineering;

  • Level 4 HNC in Fabrication & Welding (part time)
  • Level 5 HND in Fabarication &Welding (part time)
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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