« Go Back

Advanced Apprenticeship in Fabrication and WeldingApply Now »

Course Image
Level: 3

Location: Ilkeston

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

You can specialise in either Mechanical Engineering or Fabrication and Welding on this apprenticeship. It combines employment with training: you will gain practical skills and business improvement techniques in the workplace, supported by study at the College.  

Entry requirements

For a Level 3 qualification, you will need to have completed the Level 2 NVQ and Technical Certificate programme. You will require an interview before enrolment on this course. In addition to having Level 2 literacy and numeracy qualifications, you will need to be well motivated and self-disciplined. 

Course Content

The programme consists of an NVQ Level 3 in Mechanical Engineering or Fabrication and Welding in the workplace, plus a Technical Certificate at College. You will also need to complete Functional Skills in ICT. 
The course content will be determined by the specific NVQ and Technical Certificate you are taking. 

How will I be assessed?

Internal assessments take the form of practical and knowledge exercises and there is one external multi-choice exam for the Technical Certificate. The NVQ3 is assessed at the workplace, with no formal exam but underpinning questions.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

If you are over 19 years of age, employer contributions towards your training will be required. You will also need safety equipment – overalls and boots – in line with College requirements. 

What can I do after this course?

Further Study
The progression route is through a HNC or a Foundation Degree in your chosen area. We offer a route through a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma which provides you with the necessary level of maths and science for academic progression. 
 
Careers 
With this qualification, you can take on more responsibility and potentially move into supervisory positions at work, whether you are specialising in a mechanical, manufacturing or fabrication and welding role. 

 

This course is run at the Ilkeston Campus

About Ilkeston »

Rosie Dales

Rosie Dales

Welding student Rosie forges ahead in fabrications

Student welder Rosie Dales is forging ahead in the male-dominated world of fabrication thanks to Derby College. Rosie, 24, is set to take a Level 3 NVQ in Fabrication and Welding. She is also adding skills to a previous Level 2 qualification which she did not gain through an earlier provider. Rosie, who was born deaf and is a skilled lipreader, uses a hearing aid to boost what sound she can hear. She praised the teaching focus of her Derby College tutor and said her fellow students were "deaf aware", which was helpful. After working unpaid for two weeks, Rosie landed an apprenticeship with her grandfather's firm, Dales Fabrications, in Ilkeston. She found that she loved the work and the company is now funding her college training.

Rosie said: "I'm really enjoying the college work. The tutor is focussed on the students and I'm making good progress.


"I think it's going well. I'm taking small steps at a time. After I qualify I might go on to a higher qualification and see where that takes me. We'll see."


 

Go to top