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Welding Apprenticeship level 2 at Sheffield College

Course description

You will find aspects of the welding industry in all sorts of everyday places, in trains, planes, buses and cars, and in the construction of buildings. Welding, sheet metal fabrication and engineering industries require well-trained people who are able to use a broad range of welding equipment.

Course content

As an apprentice you will learn how to make products and components for the engineering and manufacturing industries, from raw or semi-finished materials using methods such as cutting, shaping, and welding. You will develop welding skills learning how to join sections of metal. You may also carry out repairs on manufacturing equipment and machinery.

In the workplace you may be involved in construction projects, technical fabrication or coded welding. Problem solving and preparing quotes for customers may also form part of your job. You will learn to fabricate and weld a variety of metals to meet customers’ specifications. You will use a variety of methods to produce a product for the customer, such as:

  • Manual Welding
  • Machine Welding
  • MIG and TIG Welding
  • Sheet Metalwork (3mm or less)
  • Plateworking (3mm upwards)
  • Structural Steelwork
  • Pipe and Tube Fabrication


Will it suit me?

This apprenticeship would be suitable if you would like a career in the fabrication and welding industry. You should be good at maths and able to understand technical plans. You will need to be able to concentrate on a task for long periods.

Entry requirements

Minimum level 1 English and Maths. The employer will set the criteria.



You will be observed completing practical tasks with some question and answer assessments. You will build a portfolio of evidence to support the tasks you complete at the workplace to demonstrate you can complete tasks safely and use knowledge learnt.

Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

Achieving this qualification could lead to a number of engineering roles such as Plater/Fabricator, Sheet Metal Worker, Steel Erector/Fabricator, Welder. It may also allow access to professional registration for Engineering Technicians or registered welder status.

Further information

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Thursday 25th October 2018 4pm -7pm
  • Wednesday 21st November 2018 4pm-7pm
  • Tuesday 29th January 2019 4pm-7pm
  • Monday 4th March 2019 4pm-7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 14 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: GWIEN1


  • More information
    • Welcome to Olive Grove


      Olive Grove is The Sheffield College’s home of Engineering, Motor Vehicle, Gas Fitting and Plumbing, just a five minute walk down the road from our City Campus.

      After a recent major investment at Olive Grove, we have provided students with state-of-the-art workshops which include the exact same machinery as out in industry, the latest CAD software, new classrooms and a Learning Resource Centre to keep us at the cutting edge of the changes in Manufacture, Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

      Olive Grove also has a dedicated motor vehicle workshop with tyre fitting machine, wheel balancing machines and car ramps as well as a workshop for body repair and refinishing.


      Olive Grove, 2 Olive Grove Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S2 3GE

      By Car

      From the M1 use Junction 33 onto the Sheffield Parkway, which merges into the A61.

      At the large roundabout, take the third exit sign posted A61.

      Continue on A61, keeping the train station on your left, until you spot a McDonalds restaurant.

      After the traffic lights turn left on to Farm Road, keeping the McDonalds on your left.

      Carry straight on to East Bank Road for approximately 300 metres (passing a petrol station on your right).

      Olive Grove is on the right hand side.


      Parking at Olive Grove is limited to those with Blue Badges, however the Grosvenor Casino (Duchess Road) offers pay-and-display public parking and is only a 5 minute walk from the campus. 

      By Train

      Sheffield Train Station is only 15 minutes from Olive Grove on foot.

      You can find more information about timetables and fares to Sheffield Train Station on the National Rail Enquiries website.

      By Tram

      Olive Grove is served by two nearby tram stops – Granville Road/Sheffield College and Park Grange Croft (both stops are on the Blue and Purple lines).

      You can find more information about timetables and fares on the Supertram website.

      By Bus

      The central bus terminal is approximately 15 minutes walk from Olive Grove Campus, and there are several other bus stops close by.

      Check out the Travel South Yorkshire website for further details, including timetables and fare prices.

      By Bike

      Olive Grove has secure bike storage on site. Please speak to Student Services to register and gain access to the storage facilities.


      For accessibility information please see the Disabled Go website here.