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.

These are a suite of level 2 qualifications which can be studied in a variety of combinations to allow flexibility and to help you to develop your Metalsmithing knowledge and skills.

Level 2 Certificate: you complete 2 subjects to study
Level 2 Extended Certificate: you complete 4 subjects to study
Level 2 Diploma: you complete all 6 subjects

Tutor

Anthony Holmes

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:

Students will normally be at least 16 years old on entry and have at least one of the following:

  • 2 GCSE passes at grade A–D, having completed core GCSE studies.
  • An Entry level Vocational Skills qualification.
  • Appropriate experience will also be considered.
Duration:

One year

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

Facilities

  • We’ve made sure that our metalsmithing and blacksmithing facilities are first class here at Plumpton; investing heavily in state of the art equipment in our workshop for you to use.
  • You’ll work closely with your tutors as you develop your skills in design, drawing, metalworking and silver jewellery.

 

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

Modules

Core units

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

Specialist units

  • 2D Visual Communication
  • Using Ideas to Explore, Develop and Produce Art and Design (silversmithing)
  • 3D Design Briefs (silversmithing)
  • 3D Design Crafts Briefs (silversmithing)
  • Application of Welding Processes
  • Fabrication Techniques and Sheet Metal Work
  • Working with Blacksmithing Specifications and Calculations
  • Introduction to Land-based Workshop Practice
  • English & maths

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