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  • Start date:   August 2024
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 5
  • Course Type:   Full-time


Please be aware this course is now full. If you apply, you will receive a course full email and if place was to become available we would be in contact but we cannot guarantee this. Some courses still have availability- please check the website for update information on course availability.


This is a practical, one-year course for those wanting to work in the fabrication and welding industry.

Start date – Aug 2024

End date –  Jul 2025

SCQF Level -  5

Mode –  Full time  

Duration: 1 year

On competition of this course, there are opportunities in oil and gas related industries and manufacturers of metal parts and equipment.

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 the course includes

    This course covers the three main practical welding processes MMA, MIG & TIG, as well as practical fabrication skills to get you ready for your career. You will also cover the academic side of this career in understanding how equipment works and the materials used in Fabrication & Welding.

    The course includes:

    • Different types of welding and materials
    • Workshop skills - correct use of hand-tools
    • Fabrication skills
    • Measuring
    • Health and safety
    • Computer-aided design
    • Mathematics

Why choose this course

This course covers all the practical and theory skills need for a career in this industry and can also lead to apprenticeships with Fabrication & Welding companies always eager to recruit.

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.

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

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

    Employment: A career in welding and fabrication.

    Successful completion of the NC can lead straight onto employment or further your qualification with the HNC Fabrication, Welding & Inspection

Interview arrangements

If we invite you for interview, plan to be in college for around two 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, feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.