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Anniesland Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2024
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (2 days per week) or 2 Years (1 day per week)

The NC Fabrication and Welding programme at Glasgow Clyde College is designed to provide students with a well-rounded education in the core skills and knowledge essential to the fabrication and welding industry. The curriculum encompasses both theoretical and practical classes, ensuring that students gain a solid foundation in various fabrication processes. This comprehensive approach allows students to acquire a versatile skill set that can be applied across different aspects of the industry.

The course caters to the needs of both traditional students seeking a dedicated educational path and working professionals looking to enhance their skills while maintaining employment as it is available to study on a full-time and a part-time basis.

What will I learn?

The NC Fabrication and Welding course content includes:

  • Communication core skill unit 
  • Mathematics: Craft 1 
  • Engineering: Using information technology 
  • Fabrication processes
  • Welding processes
  • Health and safety: Engineering
  • Engineering project
  • MIG welding skills
  • Graphical communications
  • Engineering materials
  • Fabrication skills
  • MMA welding skills
  • TIG welding skills
  • Thermal cutting skills

During the NC Fabrication and Welding course students not only gain theoretical knowledge but also have the opportunity to apply that knowledge in industry-specification workshops. These workshops are equipped with machinery that mirrors the tools and equipment used in the fabrication and welding industry. This hands-on experience ensures that students develop practical skills that are directly applicable to real-world scenarios, enhancing their readiness for the workforce upon completion of the course.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Three National 4s, or equivalent, including Maths, English and a science or a technical subject; OR
  • Completion of a recognised Foundation Apprenticeship in a relevant subject area
  • We will also consider your application if you are a current apprentice or have relevant experience but no formal qualifications
  • If English is not your first language, then a Level 6 ESOL qualification would be required, due to the technical demands of the subject
  • Those applying to the Day Release course should be currently employed in a relevant industrial role 

Entry requirement equivalency table 

If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Employer and industry links

Glasgow Clyde College work in partnership with a large number of engineering employers and are seen as the engineering college of choice within the Greater Glasgow area. These partnerships provide opportunities for industrial visits, student placements and industry talks as well as providing opportunities for students to progress into employment. Due to the excellent links the College is continually at the forefront of technological advances with continual investment in state-of-the-art engineering facilities which will provide students with a world-class learning experience.

Jobs and further study

Successful students may progress to jobs in manufacturing and shipbuilding services or to further study on courses at Glasgow Clyde College including:

Take a look at the course progression map for fabrication and welding courses.

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply
You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application (remember to check your SPAM folder). 

Your application will be reviewed by the admissions team and you will either be: 

  • Made a direct offer (unconditional or conditional) 
  • Invited to book an interview session 
  • Advised that your application is unsuccessful – you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you. 
  • We aim not to reject an application and if you don’t meet the entry requirements you may be referred to a different course or level.  

If you are invited to interview, you will be informed of the outcome of your interview by email within 14 working days. The outcome will be one of the following: 

  1. Unconditional offer of a place – you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your place. 
  2. Conditional offer of a place – your place is secured pending you meeting the entry requirements. This may mean achieving school or college qualifications which you may not be able to provide to us yet. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your conditional place. Once your conditions are met this will change to an unconditional offer of a place which you must accept before you can enrol on the course.  
  3. Waiting list – you have met all entry requirements, and have been interviewed however, the course is now full so you have been placed on a waiting list. If any spaces become available you may be contacted, usually around the course start date. We would advise that you also consider other application options. 
  4. Reserve listfollowing your interview, you have unfortunately not been successful in this round of recruitment. We have placed your name on a Reserve list and your application may be reconsidered at a later date. This could happen any time up to the start date of the course but it is very possible that you will not be offered a place. We would advise that you also consider other application options. 
  5. Unsuccessful – your interview has been unsuccessful. You may be offered a place on a course at a different level, or advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you. 

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 14 working days or risk losing your place, as the system will automatically decline your offer after 14 days. 

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent out instructions about student funding, joining instructions and induction date. This will normally be sent out in June/July. 

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 357 6094