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Mode of study Vocational Full-time
Duration 1 Year
Campus London Road Campus
Start date September 2020
Course code FLR3EDG (2021)
  • Who is it for?

    For students that have completed a Level 2 City & Guilds qualification or candidates that have suitable working skills and knowledge.

    This qualification can help you to progress in a wide range of engineering roles including: Engineering operative; Engineering maintenance technician; Mechanical engineering technician; Sheet metal worker; Welder.

    You can also progress onto any of the following courses:

    • Level 3 BTEC in Engineering
    • Level 4 HNC in Mechanical, Electrical or Manufacturing Engineering
    • Level 5 Foundation Degree in Mechanical, Electrical or Manufacturing Engineering
  • Entry Requirements

    A Level 2 Diploma in Fabrication and Welding and a minimum of four GCSEs including Maths.

  • What does the course involve?

    A combination of Theory and practical units which are each assessed. Typical topics include: Working in engineering & Health & Safety; Principles of engineering technology; Principles of fabrication and welding technology; Welding by Manual Metal Arc process; Welding by MIG process; Welding by TIG process; Welding by Oxy-Acetylene process and Fabricating sheet metalwork.

    Typical topics include: Engineering health and safety; Engineering principles; Principles of Fabrication and Welding Technology;Manual Metal Arc Welding(MMA) Metal Inert Gas Welding (MIG) Tnungsten Inert Gas Welding (TIG) Sheet Metalwork Fabrication.

  • How is the course assessed?

    Your work will be continuously assessed throughout the course and by end year exams. The continuously assessed work is based on set assignments, practical and written evidence that you will be asked to complete with set deadlines.

  • How much does it cost?

    Students will be expected to provide their own overalls/clothing for workshop and safety shoes.

  • Additional Notes

    As a college Engineering student you will be expected to wear an Engineering uniform. There may be opportunities to visit Engineering facilities and trade shows. Some course work will be set around these visits and activities.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 342346 or email:

Austin Luzadas

Austin Luzadas

Level 3 in Engineering
Previous school: Holy Trinity School, Telford

Level 2 was mostly practical and this year on Level 3 there is a lot of theory and it's preparing me for university. I live outside of Shrewsbury and the transport links to the College are good.

Owen Mason

Owen Mason

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering
Previous school: Church Stretton School

I came here because I'm interested in Engineering. I really enjoyed doing my final project and having the creativity to come up with my own design and I have also enjoyed working with hydraulics. I achieved D*D*D* in my Diploma and am now going on to do an Apprenticeship. The teachers are helpful and the equipment at the College is state-of-the-art.

Samantha Pitchford

Samantha Pitchford

Level 2 Fabrication and Welding
Previous school: Charlton School

I’m a practical person, so I wanted to do something with my hands.  I didn’t have any experience before, but the teachers were really good at guiding me through.  I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so the fact that the staff let me work to my own pace really helped.  I have now secured an Apprenticeship with Caterpillar in Shrewsbury, and I can see myself being there for some time.  I’m sure it wouldn’t have happened unless I’d been on this course as at my interview they seemed really impressed with what I was doing.

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Career Options

  • Welding trades

    Up to £33,000

  • Glaziers, window fabricators and fitters

    Up to £26,000


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