Introductory Welding Skills City Guilds Award – C5520

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Course Overview

This introductory welding skills qualification gives you the opportunity to learn the basics of effectively carrying out welding operations in a range of joints and positions.

The course can be taken at level 1 or level 2 depending on your experience and will help you to develop the skills required to take on basic welding tasks through to complex welding and quality control.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

The course will start with an induction into our welding workshop which will cover all aspects of health and safety associated with working in a welding environment, safe set up of a welding plant and equipment, with demonstrations of techniques. Before attending you should have an idea of the welding process you want to focus on for the qualification.

We accommodate for the following on the course:

2. TIG
3. MMA (also known as stick welding)

For the duration of the 18 weeks you will then use the time to practice techniques and gain an understanding of the welding parameters through brief group discussions and practical application.

Entry Requirements

For level 1, you are not required to have any formal entry requirements, but an interest in, or some basic knowledge of, the welding industry.

For level 2, you should have completed a level 1 welding qualification or be currently working in the welding industry and looking to develop your skills further in order to increase your responsibilities, skills and knowledge.

How you will be assessed

Each level of qualification involves five practical assessments which include specific joints in a range of positions. Level 1 test pieces are assessed visually to a set criteria. Level 2 test pieces are visually examined before destructive testing.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Total Fees: £995.00

Additional Costs

You may wish to purchase a recommended text book (approximately £30 – alternatively available in our library).

You will need fire retardant overalls and work boots (from work or we can advise on details and suppliers at enrolment).


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

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Course and Career progression

On successful completion of this course you can move through levels 1-3 of the City and Guilds award for your chosen welding specialism. You may also want to diversify your welding ability by completing a similar level in another area of welding.

In addition, the aim of this course is to build your skills, knowledge and confidence to apply for work in the welding industry.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website. You will be contacted to attend an interview if required, or you will be sent a conditional offer according to the entry requirements for the course. You will then be invited in to enrol for your chosen course of study.

For enrol and pay courses: Once you have decided to take the course, you need to fill in a short learner details form online and pay the course fee. Once you have done this, you will receive an electronic confirmation of enrolment and payment.

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