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Blacksmithing and Metalwork Level 2 Diploma at Herefordshire & Ludlow College

Course description

The Level 2 Diploma is the most comprehensive blacksmithing course available in the country and students are taught by some of the most well-recognised professional blacksmiths in the industry worldwide. Students have the opportunity to enter into competitions, one of these being at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern.

The National School of Blacksmithing was originally founded in 1946 and is recognised as the foremost national centre for training blacksmiths who wish to work in the various areas of forged iron, ranging from traditional to contemporary design work. Students are also expected to organise work experience with a blacksmith as part of their study programme which will give them an important insight into the metalwork industry.

High achieving blacksmiths trained at HLC are very highly regarded by employers and many subsequently trade in their own right. This subject is an excellent choice for a self-motivated and hard-working person who will be expected to have good hand/ eye coordination and artistic ability, someone who would like to form their own business or someone who has enjoyed woodwork, metalwork, drawing and other related subjects at school.

This is a challenging introductory course for developing blacksmithing skills. The course seeks to lay the foundation for a successful career in forged metalwork. It comprehensively teaches the technical skills that are essential to become a competent blacksmith after progressing to and successfully completing the Level 3 Diploma in Blacksmithing.

Course content

The course is mainly delivered in the workshop, with related knowledge sessions. Units include:

  • Blacksmithing – Traditional skills including forging, forming, cutting and joining
  • Application of Welding Processes
  • Metal Fabrication
  • Essential Workshop Health and Safety

Entry requirements

  • 4 GCSEs at grade D or above (to include maths and English) or successful completion of a suitable and relevant Level 1 qualification
  • Successful interview and initial assessment in literacy and numeracy
  • Applicants will be expected to demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to the chosen subject area


Units are assessed by practical and written assignments.

Future opportunities

There are various opportunities for further study or employment upon successful completion of your course.

Study options may include:

  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Blacksmithing and Metalwork

Employment options may include:

  • Blacksmithing
  • Metal Fabrication
  • Welding Trades

Further information

Maths and English

All students following a full-time programme of study at HLC will study English and maths as part of their studies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Herefordshire & Ludlow College directly.

Last updated date: 23 June 2016

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