Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 1 year 2 Full-Time City Campus Full-time Vocational

What’s it all about?

This course is for people who are interested in a career in engineering welding fabrication within manufacturing industries or who would like to progress to a Level 3 welding.

The course offers learners the opportunity develop their hand skills and employability skills within an engineering environment. You will work in the colleges industry standard workshops to enhance your welding and fabrication skills whilst also working on your theoretical knowledge.

The entry requirements for this programme are as follows, A full Level 1 Engineering/Welding Qualification or 2 GCSE's at grade 3 or above (Including English) and Math's at grade 4.

Learners with alternative qualifications may also be considered following discussion with the relevant course leader on an individual basis.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire As part of the programme you will be expected to contribute to the cost of PPE relevant to your programme of study, these costs will be discussed in detail at enrolment. (Fire Retardant Overalls and Safety Footwear)

This course is taught in a blended manner between classroom theory sessions and practical workshop activities. You will work towards the completion of a portfolio of evidence throughout the academic year to demonstrate competence in Fabrication and Welding.

There are no formal examinations in the programme and you will be assessed by your tutor at regular intervals throughout the course.

As part of your programme if you have not already achieved a grade 4 - 9 in GCSE Math's and or English then you will be supported to complete these qualifications alongside your main programme of study. These are essential skills and will play an important part in your engineering journey.

The college works closely with a number of local employers including Calsonic Kansei, ZF TRW, Adient, Gestamp, Liebherr, Connor Solutions, Signal Plastics, Washington Metal Works and 3T Engineering.

Our teaching staff have a vast range of industrial experience in a broad range of areas within engineering and offer learners a nurturing and welcoming environment in which they can develop their skills.

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What’s next?

After completing this course you could progress to a Level 3 in welding technical certificate which can lead to other higher engineering courses. The programme could also be used as ‘off the job’ training whilst you apply for Apprenticeships in Engineering or as preparation for following an Engineering in the Armed Forces.

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Why college is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

We are the College of the Year

(*Top college nationally for BTECs, Pearson 2019).

Why choose Sunderland College?

94.7% of our students progressed to further study, university or employment


(*Based on 16-18 year olds desination data 2016/17 academic year)

Our achievement rates are well above the national average

We have the widest range of courses in the region.

We have recently invested £50 million in our facilities.