BTEC Level 2 Diploma

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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 Blacksmithing and Metalworking industries. 

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

Work Experience:

Study programmes include a minimum of compulsory work experience hours achieved through one day a week or block placements. The amount of hours required is dependent on the study programme. 

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Industry Work Placement:

All students aged 16-18 on our Level 2 & Level 3 programmes will now have to take part in an exciting and compulsory 180 hour industry placement programme alongside completion of their vocational course. The programme will give you the chance to gain valuable skills in a real working environment whilst being paired with your ideal employer.

Our mission is to pair students with their ideal employer and to support them continuously during the placement.

There is flexibility on how students complete the placement; it can be during non-college weekdays, weekends, in blocks or over the holiday period. You will receive all of the necessary information during your interview, and if you have any queries in the meantime please contact

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 2021


1 year, full-time

3 days per week in College
1 day per week in industry / work experience 


£500 for materials 

If you will be over 19 on the start date of your course you maybe required to pay tuition fees. Please contact to confirm.

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 your own blacksmithing / metalworking 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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