Fabrication Welding and Inspection HNC

UCAS code 107H
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

The HNC in Fabrication, Welding and Inspection aims to develop your ability to apply analysis and synthesis skills to the solution of fabrication, welding and inspection problems and provides a range of communication skills relevant to the needs of incorporated engineers.

You will develop knowledge, understanding and skills in a range of core fabrication, welding, quality, materials and inspection systems technologies at Higher National level.

Special features

  • You will develop a level of specialisation in fabrication, welding and inspection
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal and professional circumstances

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above in Maths or Physics or
  • 1 A level at grade D in Maths or Physics or
  • NC/NQ Fabrication and Welding
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply, appropriate Industrial experience will be taken into consideration
  • You may be required to attend an interview

Access routes

  • NC/NQ Fabrication and Welding


Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Communication: Practical Skills
  • Welding Principles and Applications
  • Fabrication: Preparation, Joining and Assy;
  • Quality Management: An Introduction
  • Fabrication and Welding Materials
  • Inspection Systems
  • Fab, Welding and Inspection: Graded Unit
  • Welding Procedures: Spec; Qual; and Test
  • Containers: Design & Manufacture

Optional units may include:

  • Welding Principles and Applications 2
  • Fabrication Forming Process
  • Pipework 1: Construction and Site Installation
  • Containers: Design & Manufacture
  • Information Technology: Applications Software 1
  • Engineering Project
  • Computer Aided Draughting for Engineers
  • Engineering Drawing
  • Mathematics for Engineering 1: Mechanical and Manufacturing

Option units available may vary depending on study location, for more information contact your chosen campus

How will I study my course?

  • Full time
  • Part time (structured)

You will study by way of face-to-face classroom and workshop-based lectures, tutorials and practical work in college

How long will my course last?

  • Full time: 1 year
  • Part time: 2 years

Where can I study my course?

Start date

  • September

How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17
Full-time per year
Part-time (per HN unit) £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17
Full-time per year £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit) £434

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17
Full-time per year £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit)** £434

 **There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Successful completion of the HNC allows you to meet the educational requirements to work as a technician or supervisor in the fabrication and welding industry

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Fabrication Welding and Inspection HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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