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What's Involved

This course has been developed in conjunction with industry experts and will suit students who are just starting out and are interested in fabrication and welding in engineering as a career. The overall aim is to provide both experience and knowledge in a broad range of competencies to enable safe progression into the workplace and enhance employment prospects. Successful students who gain the Level 1 qualification can progress to study further Level 2 Engineering courses.

You can expect to study:

  • Health and Safety in an Industrial Environment - in this unit students will learn about safe working practices, including working with hand tools and powered machinery, emergency procedures, manual handling and current safety signage. Current legislation will be covered
  • Welding Processes (Manual Metal-Arc and Metal Active Gas) - in this unit students will be taught the safe working practices and the correct procedures required when carrying out manual metal-arc and metal active gas welding activities. Students will also be required to produce a welded joint
  • Fabrication Processes (Sheet Metal and Plate) - in this unit students will study the methods of marking out, cutting and forming and the joining of materials. Working to tolerances as shown on engineering drawings is an integral part of this unit and safety requirements when carrying out fabrication practice, will also be covered
  • Engineering Drawing - in this unit students will use various drawing instruments and/or computer-aided design (CAD) systems to produce engineering drawings that will meet current industry standards

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, but you must have a commitment to this area of work and the potential to satisfactorily complete the course requirements.

Where will it take me?

Successful completion of this course can lead to progression to the ABC Fabrication and Welding Level 2, and also other Automotive and Engineering programmes. The course develops a wide range of transferable skills, such as problem-solving, team working, understanding technical information, critical thinking and gaining the necessary workshop skills that the sector requires. Students will develop the confidence, knowledge and skills needed if they choose to go directly into employment in the mechanical/fabrication engineering industry.

Did you know?
Engineering and manufacturing is one of the UK's broadest sectors and, according to Engineering UK, workers within the sector accounted for 19% of all UK employees in 2019. While some engineering- related industries, such as mining and quarrying, are in decline, a range of other fields are actively seeking new recruits in aerospace, automotive, design, manufacturing, power, marine, instrumentation and control telecoms, digital communications and networks, software, rail, process control,  production, project management and transportation.

Course Assessment Method

Each unit is assessed through the completion of an assessment pack containing a task related to the specific unit. The four units are also assessed via a mandatory multiple-choice knowledge examination covering the whole qualification.

Where and When

Fabrication and Welding Practice Level 1 Certificate

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Notes About Fees

Fees shown are per year. Additional miscellaneous fees may be applicable.

Find out more by speaking to Admissions:

  • For full-time further education courses call 01708 462833
  • For part-time further education courses call 01708 462801
  • For higher education courses, or if you’re an overseas student, call 01708 462801


  • To find out if you’re entitled to support call Student Services for advice on 01708 462718 ext 2718
  • You don’t have to pay tuition or admin fees if you’re 16-18 and studying a further education funded course.
  • You need to pay higher education course fees each academic year.

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