Fabrication Welding and Inspection HNC

UCAS code 107H

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

At the core of the HNC are the principles that underlie the fabrication and welding industry.

  • You will understand industrial practice in your local industry
  • The use of materials, and the effects of processes on their mechanical, physical and chemical properties
  • You will study inspection methods to allow you to make informed decisions on the quality and serviceability of manufactured products
  • You will also develop your analysis, synthesis, critical thinking, planning, organising, reviewing and evaluation skills
  • You can study full-time or part-time to suit your personal and professional circumstances


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

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
  • Alternatively, NC/NQ Fabrication and Welding at level 6 or equivalent OR the completion of a Foundation Apprenticeship Engineering
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply; appropriate industry experience will be taken into consideration
  • You may be required to attend an interview

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Communication: practical skills
  • Welding principles and applications
  • Fabrication: preparation, joining and assembly
  • Quality management: an introduction
  • Fabrication and welding materials
  • Inspection systems
  • Fab, welding and inspection: graded unit
  • Welding procedures: specification, qualification and testing
  • Containers: design and manufacture

Optional units may include:

  • Welding principles and applications 2
  • Fabrication forming process
  • Pipework 1: construction and site installation
  • Containers: design and manufacture
  • Information technology: applications software 1
  • Engineering project
  • Computer aided draughting for engineers

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?

  • Inverness College UHI
  • Lews Castle College UHI

Start date

  • September


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
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

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
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £448

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
Part-time (per HN credit) £457 £468

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.


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.

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This course will start in September 2021.

Applications for September 2021 entry will open in September 2020 - please revisit this page then to apply.

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.