Blacksmithing & Metalworking - Level 3
This course is run by the longest established blacksmithing training college in the country, with staff dedicated to providing training for those who wish to work in the various areas of forged iron, ranging from traditional to contemporary design work.
This course will give you an excellent grounding for progression either into industry or onto a relevant university-level course. Working in one of the largest blacksmith training facilities in Europe, you will manufacture most of the hand tools required for project work and learn about the properties of materials which blacksmiths use, including those metals less common in blacksmithing such as stainless steel, copper and wrought iron.
A blacksmith must have a good eye for form, solid hand/eye coordination and the ability to plan work and estimate costs effectively. You will be required to develop your breadth and expertise in the technical areas of forge work, welding and fabrication. After an initial period of technical development, students will be expected to research, design, develop and make complex pieces in both contemporary and traditional styles
Qualification: Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma / Extended in Blacksmithing & Metalworking
Duration: One/Two years
The course is mainly delivered in the workshop with related knowledge sessions. Previous experience in blacksmithing or progression from the Level 2 Diploma will be an advantage. Units include:
- Forgework / Welding / Fabrication
- Operation of Small Business / Self Employment
- Production of a Project / Commission Portfolio
- Artistic Drawing & Design/Historical & Design Research
- Attention to Decorative Finishes & Site Work Evaluation
Students will be assessed on their ability to produce well-researched, well-designed and well-made pieces within the context of a predicted and actual production time. This is to develop a professional and business-like approach, which can be measured against industry norms. Units are assessed by practical and written assignments.
This course includes 300 hours of work experience – ideally this will take place in the vacation between years one and two. Students are expected to organise this part of their training. All full-time students are required to study maths and English at the appropriate level (if not already achieved). Please see page 6 for more details.
Maths and English
All students following a full-time programme of study at HLC will study English and maths as part of their studies, please refer to the Study Programmes page of this website.
- Five GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above (including maths and English) or a Level 2 Diploma in Blacksmithing at Merit grade or above (to include forgework skills)
- Successful interview and initial assessment
- You will need to demonstrate an enthusiasm for this subject area
- Previous forge work experience is advisable
Progression routes shown are dependent on the successful completion of qualifications and meeting entry criteria.
Study options may include:
- BA (Hons) Artist Blacksmithing (Run in partnership with Hereford College of Arts)
- Design and Forgework Skills at HLC
Employment options may include:
- Self-employed blacksmithing
- Contemporary design or traditional reproduction/restoration
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Students aged 16 to 18: There are no tuition or examination fees.
Students aged 19 to 23: Who are studying for their first full Level 3 qualification will be not be charged any tuition fees, but will be charged the materials fee only.
Students aged 19 to 23: Who already hold a full Level 3 qualification and all students who are 24 or over will be liable for the full cost of the course, based on the current student loan applicable for the qualification. Please contact our Finance department to be advised of the fee / loan due.
Additional Course Costs: £900 (per year)
Personal Equipment: You will also be expected to buy your own equipment costing approximately £100.
Please Note: Costs are subject to change, please call Enquiries on 0800 032 1986 to check.
Telephone: 0800 032 1986