Level 3 Extended Diploma in Blacksmithing & Metalwork (Level 3)
During this two-year course, learners will also manufacture most of the hand tools required for the project work and learn about the properties of materials with which they work, including those metals less common in blacksmithing such as stainless steel, copper and brass. Learners have the opportunity to enter competitions throughout the year.
With opportunities for forged ironwork in the building, restoration, fabrication, architecture, teaching and artistic fields, there is a wide range of options available. A blacksmith must have a good eye for form, good hand/eye co-ordination and the ability to plan work and estimate costs effectively.
This course can be used as a progression route from the Level 2 Blacksmithing and Metalwork course as previous experience in blacksmithing would be an advantage. Learners will be required to develop their breadth and expertise in the technical areas of forge work, welding and fabrication. After an initial period of technical development, learners will be expected to research, design, develop and make complex pieces in both contemporary and traditional styles.
Level 3 Subsidiary/Extended Diploma in Blacksmithing and Metalworking (equivalent to 3 A levels)
The course is mainly delivered in the workshop, with related knowledge sessions. Units include:
- Operation of Small Business/Selfemployment
- Production of a Project/ Commission Portfolio
- Artistic Drawing and Design/ Historical and Design Research
- Attention to Decorative Finishes and Site Work Evaluation
Learners will be assessed on their ability to produce well researched, designed and made pieces within the context of predicted and actual production time. This is to develop a professional and business-like approach, which can be measured against industrial norms. Units are assessed by practical and written assignments. This course includes 300 hours of work experience – ideally this will take place in the vacation between years one and two.
All full-time learners will be required to study Functional Skills at the appropriate level. These will be in maths, English and in some cases ICT. Attendance to these sessions is mandatory, please refer to the Functional Skills section of this website for more details.
- 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above (including maths and English)
- Or a Merit in a Level 2 Diploma
- Successful interview and initial assessment
- You will need to demonstrate an enthusiasm for this subject area
There are various opportunities for further study or employment upon successful completion of your course.
Study options may include:
Employment options may include:
- Self-employed blacksmithing
- Contemporary design or traditional reproduction/restoration
- Employed Blacksmith/ Metalworker/Welder
Contact: 0800 032 1986