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  • Start date:   August 2024
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 7
  • Course Type:   Full-time


This course allows students the opportunity to build on knowledge and skills in a range of specialist fabrication, welding and inspection system principles and technologies. 

Start date – Aug 2024

End date –  Jun 2025

SCQF Level -  7

Mode - (full-time, part-time, Schools) –  Full time

Duration: 1 year

Fabrication and welding is one of the most important techniques used in engineering, and this advanced course will delve into key processes used in many local industries.

Konrad Szatanik is studying Fabrication & Welding at West Lothian College, and he talks about his experience at college, and how he hopes the course will help him achieve his aspirations to join the British Army.

  • What this course includes

    The course covers:

    • Welding principles and applications 1
    • Welding principles and applications 2
    • Fabrication : Preparation, joining and assembly
    • Quality Management: An Introduction
    • Fabrication and welding materials
    • Inspection systems
    • Communication
    • Welding Procedures
    • Containers: Design and Manufacture
    • Engineering Drawing
    • Material Selection
    • Fabrication, Welding and Inspection Graded Unit

Why choose this course

You’ll learn specialised skills relevant to local industries and be given the opportunity to work alongside employers in West Lothian.

The award will allow you to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in a range of core fabrication, welding, quality, materials and inspection systems principles and technologies at Higher National level and achieve a degree of specialisation within the following areas: Fabrication; Welding; and/or Pipework Engineering.

The course offers the perfect blend of skills that many companies and employers want.

Entry requirements

  • NC in a suitable subject or two SQA Highers, preferably in related subjects or
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in a related subject
  • A relevant SVQ3

We welcome applications from mature students with other qualifications or experience.

If English is not your first language, ESOL Level 5 is an entry requirement for this course.

Progressing students will learn from their course tutor is they require to attend a Bridge to Engineering course on the week of 10th-13th June full-time.

Direct entry students will undergo an aptitude test and will learn during interview if they require to attend a Bridge to Engineering course on the week of 10th-13th June full-time.

  • Where it leads

    Progress onto an apprenticeship scheme with companies across the central belt of Scotland.

    Successful students from past years have now moved on to apprenticeships with industry leading companies such as:

    • Click Netherfield, Livingston (Design and Manufacture)
    • EMF Manufacturing, Livingston (Design and Manufacture)
    • Volvo, Motherwell (Construction Equipment)
    • Babcock, Rosyth (Marine Engineering)

    Education: HND and/or degree-level of study. You may be able to gain direct entry to year 3 of a degree course once you complete your HND.

    Employment: Employment within the fabrication and welding industry.

Interview arrangements

If we invite you for interview, plan to be in college for around two to three hours. Bring evidence of any qualifications stated on your application form.

HNC applicants only: we will ask you to complete an aptitude test with questions testing some standard mathematics and English skills.

For all applicants, the interview will involve:

  • Interview with two members of the engineering team (10 minutes). We will ask you about your interests and why you want to study engineering

Fees, finance and funding

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds. Click here to find out more.

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