Level 1 Introductory Qualification

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This new level 1 course is a customised programme that gives you a taste of creating, maintaining and constructing objects that can be applied to an engineering setting, You'll get the chance to use our excellent workshop facilities within our 800 hectares of land set in the South Downs.

Course content

  • Metalworking- Working with tools including bench work and carrying out activities in the forge area. This will involve instructions for forgework preparation, process techniques and safe working.
  • Land-based machinery- You will be introduced to important topics in land-based technology such as repairing and servicing servicing engines and components on land-based machinery and equipment. 
  • Welding and Fabrication- Learning skills in marking out, cutting. forming and joining sheet and plate materials together. You will get the opportunity to use industrial standard equipment such as Electric Arc Welders as part of the programme.

Entry Requirements:


2 GCSE Grades level 2-1 OR

Completion of Rural Pathways programme and a strong interest in the area.

Mature students with out the above requirements will be considered.

Dates & Location:

Start: January & September

Location: Plumpton College


3 Days per week


Learning Level 1 

Aged 16-18£0
Aged 19-23 and do not hold a level 2 qualification in any subject£0
Aged 19 – 23 and holds a level 2 + qualification in any subject£300
Aged 24+ (on the first day of the course)£300
Unemployed, looking for work and on state benefit£0


  • 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.


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