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Introduction to Welding Skills EAL Award Level 1 at South Tyneside College

Course description

These courses are intended for those who need to obtain a basic skill in Manual Metal Arc (MMA), Metal Inert Gas/Metal Active Gas (MIG/MAG) or Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding.

Each welding process has a 45 hour time period (Based on 8 days at 6 hours a day) including end assessment. The courses are flexible and are held throughout the year with time slots agreed upon enrolment. This course is also offered on a part time on Monday evening from 5.30pm - 8pm over 20 weeks.

A level 1 certificate is gained by completing one welding process.

The level 1 qualification is for those whose aim is to enter the industry and for those wanting to gain a welding certificate for their own personal skills development.

Entry requirements

No specific prior qualifications, learning or experience are required for candidates undertaking the qualification(s). However, candidates must have the potential and opportunity to be successful in gaining their qualification.


The assessment includes five mandatory practical tests and an oral test which covers the knowledge requirements for each programme of study. The oral test will be carried out by the assessor following the successful completion of the practical tests. Acceptance of the practical tests to be assessed by visual inspection only. Underpinning knowledge questions consist of 10 oral questions.

Future opportunities

These qualifications are a platform for progression to City and Guilds qualifications that have a welding route. For example: 2850 Certificate in Engineering - Welding and 2850 Certificate in Engineering - Fabrication and Welding. The award can also provide skills development training towards an NVQ in Welding or an Engineering NVQ award that includes welding optional units. For example: Performing Engineering Operations.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Tyneside College directly.

Last updated date: 08 August 2016

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