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  • Start date:   August 2021
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 5


Please be aware this course is now full. You may still apply and if a space becomes available we will contact you. Alternatively, you can explore other courses on our website or email if you wish to speak to a member of staff.

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Practical, one-year course for those wanting to work in the fabrication and welding industry. There are opportunities in oil- and gas-related industries and manufacturers of metal parts and equipment.

Read about Terry Gibb's West Lothian College experience here

  • Engineering

    What the course includes

    The course includes:

    • Different types of welding and materials
    • Workshop skills - correct use of hand-tools
    • Manufacturing components from engineering drawings, on lathes and milling machines
    • Measuring
    • Health and safety
    • Computer-aided design
    • Mathematics

Why choose this course

You will gain work experience and work-related opportunities as an integral part of the course.

Entry requirements

  • At least National 4 (Intermediate 1) including mathematics

We consider mature candidates without the minimum qualifications on an individual basis.

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

  • Where it leads

    Education: NC level 6 and then on to HNC/D and degree-level.

    Employment: a career in welding and fabrication.

Interview arrangements

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

The interview involves:

  • Individual interview with a course lecturer and another member of staff: timeslot allocated on the day
  • Short aptitude test

During the interview, we will ask you about the health and safety aspects of welding, and why you want to do this course.

Fees, Finance & 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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Take that next step in your career and apply for this course today. If the course is not yet open for applications, register your interest or feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.