Jewellery SCQF 6 (Stornoway) NC

What is special about this course?

Students will learn skills and techniques necessary to create precious metal jewellery. The focus will be on learning and developing practical jewellery making skills. Students will also be encouraged to develop their own creative ideas and will be taught how to translate these ideas into finished, 3D pieces of jewellery. The course will cover basic areas such as metal forming, piercing, soldering, stone setting, jewellery design and CAD.  By the end of the course students will have produced a substantial body of work and have gained confidence and skill to work with precious metals and produce their own individual style of jewellery.

Workshop and Metal

You will be working in a well-equipped workshop, with your own individual bench space and access to all the necessary tools and machinery.  Copper and brass will be provided for the students to work with. Copper and brass are inexpensive metals with very similar working properties to precious metals. Working with them will enable students to build up a level of skill and confidence before progressing to silver, if they so desire.

Entry requirements

Applicants should aim for 3 National 5 passes or equivalent, preferably including Art. Applicants may also be asked to show examples of their work, particularly drawing, at interview which will help determine their level of experience.

Applications to the course are welcome from adults returning to education who may not possess the entry requirements.

  • Metal Forming
  • Stonesetting: An Introduction
  • Decorative Finishes
  • Design for Jewellers
  • Competition Entry
  • Piercing (sawing out metal)
  • Working with Wire
  • Soldering
  • Non precious Materials
  • Computer Aided Draughting (CAD) for Engineers
  • Understanding Business
  • Skills for Customer Care
  • Marketing: Basic Principles
  • PC Passport: IT Software – Word Processing and Presenting Information


Tools and Bullion (Silver and Gold)

Students will have access to our workshop tools, however, everyone is encouraged to buy their own basic set of hand tools.

Bullion is not supplied by the college. Students are not expected to buy and work with precious metals. If and when they decide to work with precious metals, they will be given very specific guidance on how much they need, where and how to do buy it.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

Workshop based.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Stornoway

Start date



Find out more about fees, fee waivers and funding options.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Further study opportunities

If you complete the NC, you may want to then consider moving on to a college or university to progress to HNC, HND or degree level. Depending on the university or college and the course, you could enter in to year 2 of a related course.

Career opportunities

The NC Jewellery course can be the first step on the ladder to becoming a self-employed jeweller/designer.

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI North, West and Hebrides. UHI North, West and Hebrides operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.