Fabrication and Welding (SVQ & NC) SCQF 5 (Thurso) SVQ

What is special about this course?

This programme combines the NC Welding and Fabrication with the SVQ Performing Engineering Operations SCQF 5 (Fabrication and Welding Route). These qualifications satisfy the foundation training for a modern apprenticeship in fabrication and welding engineering.

Entry requirements

School leavers

  • Three National 4 qualifications including Maths, English and a technical/science subject.
  • SQA skills for work engineering would also be an advantage.
  • Satisfactory interview.

Mature students

  • Relevant post school education and training.
  • Satisfactory interview.

Progressing students

  • Access to Construction and Engineering with bridging Maths at SCQF Level 5.
  • Satisfactory interview.
  • Practical skills in welding processes such as MMA, MIG, TIG NDT
  • Fabrication plate work and thermal cutting
  • Interpreting specifications, drawings and plans
  • Health and safety
  • Engineering, maths and information technology
  • You will also develop your core, employability, enterprise and citizenship skills.

On successful completion of the course, you will gain an SQA National Certificate in Fabrication and Welding Engineering and an EAL Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Performing Engineering Operations at SCQF 5.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Work based
  • Vocational Pathway

How long will my course last?

One Academic Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Thurso

Start date



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What can I do on completion of my course?

  • Successful completion of this course can be used to help you secure employment as a second year apprentice, as the course provides you with the necessary qualifications that satisfy the foundation training for the Modern Apprenticeship in Fabrication and Welding Engineering. 
  • NC Engineering Systems: Mechanical production and maintenance engineering or electrical, control and instrumentation installation and maintenance engineering.

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I’ve always been interested in fabrication and welding. This course on my doorstep in Thurso is perfect for me. The set up in the workshops is bang on. The layout is great, and it's got everything that is required for doing the tasks – good welding equipment, pillar drills, brake press, guillotine and so on.  I am enjoying the practical work and the online work with OneFile that comes with each section. For practical tasks, we follow out the task in the workshop and then upload photographic evidence along with training records, risk assessments etc. We also cover H&S in the industry, different welding processes, general fabrication, the equipment etc.   

When I finish the course, employers come in to meet you and companies like Dounreay, JGC Engineering and Technical Services Ltd, Gows of Lybster, M Mackay Engineering Services Ltd. might take you on so you can serve your time and achieve your ticket. The course prepares you for all of that. Employers now are looking for workers who have lots of skills and can do a large variety of work in industries like nuclear, oil and gas, renewables and offshore.

Scott Mackay Sutherland

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