Fabrication and Welding Engineering NC Level 6

What is special about this course?

The course is aimed at candidates wishing to pursue a career in engineering and gives students the opportunity to increase their academic and theoretical knowledge in fabrication and welding.

In addition, candidates will develop core skills that enhance employability, such as Maths, Information Technology and Communications while continuing to develop Health & Safety and practical skills which employers value highly during the recruitment of Modern Apprentices.

There will also be the opportunity of a work placement where candidates can gain real life experience of their future career path. This course is also a progression route to higher education in engineering.

Entry requirements

  • Interview
  • NC Fabrication and Welding Engineering at SCQF Level 5, or
  • N/SVQ 2 or 3 in Fabrication or Welding discipline plus Maths at level 5, or
  • A minimum of three National 5 Qualifications in Maths, English & IT, or
  • Evidence of skills and knowledge gained in the fabrication and welding industry and detailed on personal statement with the application.

Core units studied will include:

  • Communication
  • Engineering: Applying Information Technology
  • Mathematics: Technician 1
  • Fabrication Processes
  • Welding Processes
  • Additional core skills such as Problem Solving and Working with Others.


Optional Units include:

  • Engineering Materials
  • Health and Safety: Engineering
  • Weld Procedure Specification and Testing
  • Graphical Engineering Communication
  • Manual Metal Arc (MMA) Welding Skills
  • Metal Inert Gas(MIG)Metal Active Gas(MAG) Welding Skills
  • Computer Aided Draughting (CAD) for Engineers
  • Work placement opportunity

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Teaching will be delivered predominantly in the engineering workshops and classrooms at the college.

How long will my course last?

1 year

Where can I study my course?

    • Lews Castle College, UHI, Stornoway

Start date



Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Further study opportunities

Progression onto related Level 7 courses in Engineering.


Career opportunities

The programme gives a progression route to Higher Education for candidates who have previously gained the relevant qualifications at level 5. It also enhances employability and can lead to a Modern Apprenticeship in engineering.

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

"This course enhances the employment prospects of candidates by equipping them with the employability skills valued so much by employers. In addition to enhancing their engineering practical skills and theoretical knowledge, candidates will have the opportunity to gain work placements and mandatory Modern Apprenticeship units. The course is also designed as a progression route to higher education in engineering".

Alasdair Macdonald – Engineering Lecturer

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