Jewellery HNC

UCAS code 127W
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What is special about this course?

With inspiring views overlooking the grounds at Lews Castle College UHI and a spacious well-equipped workshop, this HNC provides a creative environment for you to develop your design and jewellery making skills.

Through a number of practical projects, you will learn techniques in construction, casting and stone setting to bring your skills up to industry standard. You will also learn to merge practical skills with your creativity through a number of design projects. This will give you the chance to produce jewellery pieces which reflect quality craftsmanship and good design consideration.

The HNC is an excellent opportunity for anyone who has a small amount of experience and would like to broaden their skills. It is also a good option for anyone who has been making jewellery for a longer period of time and feels their skills are limited through a lack of specialist training.

Special features

  • The number of places on the course are limited to keep class sizes small, this ensures you receive quality training with lots of one-to-one support throughout each stage of the process.
  • You will have your own workbench during your studies, with access to all the necessary tools and equipment.


We offer modern student accommodation on campus ideally suited to students on this course.

Entry requirements

  • A National Certificate qualification or appropriate collection of National Certificate Units in Jewellery or equivalent qualification at SCQF level 5 or 6.
  • We will also consider applicants who have had some experience of jewellery making or evidence of experience or qualifications in a related area of Art and Design.

Year 1 - HNC

You will study units in:

  • Jewellery: Manufacturing Techniques
  • Jewellery: Design and Manufacture
  • Jewellery: Rub-over Setting Techniques
  • Jewellery: Lost Wax Casting: An Introduction
  • Jewellery: Graded Unit 1
  • Silversmithing: An Introduction
  • Jewellery: Claw Setting Techniques
  • CAD: 3D Modelling

How will I study my course?

Full Time

The course is workshop based where you will work on practical exercises, design briefs and projects and presentations.

Brass will be provided for the set practical exercises. This will give you a chance to practice on non-precious metal without making costly mistakes. At HNC level students are strongly encouraged to start working with silver (or other precious metals) when working on their individual design projects. We do not supply bullion.

How long will my course last?

Full-time: 1 year

Where can I study my course?

  • Lews Castle College UHI

Start date



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)2019-202020-21
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285

Rest of UK students

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

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2019-202020-21
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,720

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 while 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)2019-202020-21
Full-time per year £6,855 £7,020


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

Additional Costs

  • We do not supply bullion

What can I do on completion of my course?

The HNC will provide you with skills and training for a career within the industry or put you on the path to self-employment as a manufacturing jeweller/designer.

Can I progress into further study?

On successful completion of the HNC, you may wish to consider progressing to the HND or the first or second year of a degree programme at a number of colleges and universities throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK.

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Apply for Jewellery HNC

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate 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.