About the Course
The City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Forgework has a high practical content and develops basic skills relevant to farriery and related subjects. It is designed to prepare students for an apprenticeship in the farriery industry or an alternative career as a blacksmith.
Course Duration: 16 weeks with starts in August and January.
Applications are now being accepted for January 2020 - 2019 courses are full.
Applicants are normally expected to have a minimum of 3 National 4s including English and Maths.
A range of topics will be covered druing the course including basic maintenance, operation and control of forge hearths and gas furnaces, safe working practices: forging, forming, cutting and joining. Students will also learn about using, maintaining and making Backsmiths' tools and will produce a protfolio of forging exercises.
Over the 16 weeks the students are expected to make a portfolio of pieces. This should include all of the mandatory test pieces from the Qualification Handbook and will be examined at the end of the course by an external examiner. There is also a Practical Exam which takes place under exam conditions. This requires the candidate to produce two test pieces from the current Qualification Handbook to the industry standards set out in the Marking Criteria and also a single multiple choice test via the E-volve system.
Students who have secured an apprenticeship can progress onto a 4 year 2 month Advanced Apprenticeship in Farriery or a Diploma / BA (Hons) Artist Blacksmithing. There is also the possibility for Blacksmithing Apprenticeshipand further study on Engineering and Welding courses.