Level 2

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This one-year programme, suitable for school leavers, will give students the skills needed to be able to work within the Metalsmithing industry.

The programme naturally provides progression on to the Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Metalworking where these skills will be even further developed.

Level 2 Diploma: you complete all 6 subjects

Qualifications Gained

  • BTEC First at the level studied (outlined above)
  • Plumpton College Certificate
  • Additional work related qualifications
  • College award, Functional Skills or GCSEs in English and maths
Student heating a piece of metal in the hot coalsStudent working a hot piece of metal with a hammer over an anvilDecorative work being hammered into hot metal
Entry Requirements:


  • You'll need to have achieved 2 or more GCSEs grades 9-3 (previous grades A-D)
  • Successful completion of a related Level 1 qualification plus GCSE English and Maths

Mature students without the above requirements will be considered

Dates & Location:

September 2018


1 year, full-time

3 days per week

I've now completed my Level 2 course and I'm in my final year of Level 3 Extended Diploma. I particularly enjoy drawing and designing and making useful things.

My favourite part about Level 3 has been experimenting at the forge with new connection techniques.

Izaac Reed

Level 3 Extended Diploma Blacksmithing and Metalwork

Future Opportunities

Following satisfactory completion of the programme, students may progress on to the BTEC Level 3 Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma (1 year), Diploma (1
year) or Extended Diploma (2 years)

  • Start their own metalsmithing workshop
  • Apprentice Vehicle restorer
  • Sheet metalworker
  • Apprentice to a Jeweller
  • Apprentice Silversmith
  • Apprentice to a Swordsmith
  • Apprentice to a Gunsmith
  • Working as a Blacksmith


Core units

  • Forgework Preparation, Processes, Techniques and Safe Working
  • Forgework Construction Tools, Techniques and Safe Working

Specialist units

  • 2D Visual Communication
  • 3D Design Briefs - Product Design
  • 3D Design Crafts Briefs - Jewellery
  • Application of Welding Processes
  • Working with Blacksmithing Specifications and Calculations

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