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Welding Skills Level 1 Award at North Hertfordshire College

Course description

Our engineering and welding courses include lots of opportunities for you to get hands-on experience of the world of work, including:

  • Work experience with businesses like Weldability and other local businesses
  • Innovative tools and technology such as 3D printer, laser cutter, traditional and advanced Computer Numerical Control (CNC) manufacturing facility. The area is further supported by industry standard software for Computer Aided Design (CAD) manufacturing, including that for electronics and circuit design. Welding plants for Manual Metal Arc (MMA), Metal Inert/Active Gas) (MIG/MAG), Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG), oxyacetylene cutting/brazing and plasma cutting, allowing our students to learn and refine their skills to industry standards.
  • Guest talks from employers from the local industry.
  • Visits to universities and industries help learners deepen their understanding of the sector.

The engineering and welding courses at NHC develop your knowledge and know-how in the sector through an engaging mix of both technical lessons and hands on practical experiences. You’ll advance your understanding of:

  • Welding and fabrication: Welding and fabrication technology courses introduce engineering health and safety, preparation and quality control of welding projects, TIG/TAG/MMA welding for the engineering and construction industry and how to join plates in engineering construction by MIG/MAG welding.
  • You will develop your understanding of the principles, methods and technology involved in engineering maintenance. It will focus on the welding of thick plate, thin plate and sheet metal, covering manufacturing, engineering and cutting techniques and assembly of engineering components as well as engineering environmental awareness.
  • You will develop skills in handling tungsten inert gas, metal inert gas. You will also learn how to produce good weld joints, manual metal arc, oxy-acetylene, brazing, soldering as well as thermal and plasma cutting skills.


Course content

Through this course you’ll learn about:

  • MIG welding skills
  • TIG welding skills
  • MIMA welding skills
  • Gas welding skills
  • Brazing & soldering
  • Thermal cutting.

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs at grade E or above - including maths and English grade E or entry level functional skills.


This course is assessed through assignments, projects and practical tests. You’ll also sit exams if you’re doing maths or English GCSE or functional skills.

Financial information

Price on application.

There are no tuition fees for students aged 16-18 years.

If you are over 18, please speak to a client advisor.

Possible charges for any trips, visits, materials and uniform if required offered during the year will be independent of the tuition fees or any other student finance. Financial help may be available for these costs, please contact Student Services for more information.

Future opportunities

Having successfully completed this course, you’ll be able to progress to:

  • Level 2 courses including the level 2 diploma in fabrication & welding engineering technology
  • Apprenticeships
  • Paid employment in the sector.

Further information

Please visit our website for further information -

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact North Hertfordshire College directly.

Last updated date: 23 February 2017
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    • The Stevenage Skills Centre, opened in partnership with Hertfordshire Investing in Communities, is a vocational training facility, offering a wide range of full and part-time courses, including Apprenticeships and diplomas and is the first of its kind in the area.

      The purpose-built facility consists of five large converted factory units. The units have been divided up to provide the optimum learning atmosphere and experience for students.

      The equipment used in the skills centre is state-of-the-art, and is recommended for learning purposes by experts in each industry. The centre also has a number of classrooms, allowing space for theoretical learning to support the courses offered.

      There is also a refectory serving hot and cold food which has computers for students to use, as well as table football for student downtime.

      You can find out more information at the Stevenage Skills Centre website.