NPTC Level 2 Certificate in Forgework - 8485

About the course

This qualification has been developed as a compulsory pre-requisite for entry onto the Farriery Apprenticeship. It delivers the foundation skills required for recognising basic blacksmith's tools, understanding how the forge hearth works, and introducing the practical blacksmithing skills of forging, forming, cutting, and joining.

The qualification is available to candidates aged 16 years and over. It is primarily for those who wish to develop a career in farriery (for which this qualification is a pre-requisite) or Hobby blacksmithing, also those who wish to develop forging skills in conjunction with existing professional abilities. Eg. Engineers or metalwork artists

This qualification is recognised throughout the UK. Positioned within the national qualifications framework at level 2, the qualification provides an accredited qualification in forgework. It is recognised as a compulsory entry requirement for any student wishing to take a Farriery Apprenticeship

Course modules

Year 1

Forge Hearth Operation, Basic Maintenance and Control

The identification and operation of solid fuel forge hearths or gas furnaces. Safe working practices when operating solid fuel forge hearths or mobile gas furnaces.

Practical forgework

Use the following techniques appropriately and safely: basic forging, basic forming, basic cutting, basic joining. Produce a portfolio of forging techniques

Using and maintaining Blacksmith's Tools

The identification and use of range of blacksmiths tools.

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

If you are aged 18 or under at the start of the academic year (31st August):

  • 2 GCSEs at Grade C (4) or above to include English and Maths*. You must also attend an interview and successfully complete a forge assessment.

Applicants who are wishing to progress onto the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Farriery are reminded that they will need to have evidence of a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C (4) or higher including English, Maths and Science. Equivalent qualifications will be considered*.

If you are aged 19 or over at the start of the academic year (31st August):

  • 2 GCSEs at Grade D (3) or above to include English or equivalent qualifications*. You must also attend an interview and successfully complete a forge assessment.

Applicants who are wishing to progress onto the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Farriery are reminded that they will need to have evidence of a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C (4) or higher including English, Maths and Science. Equivalent qualifications will be considered*.

* Equivalent Qualifications: applicants are advised to contact the Recruitment and Admissions Team for advice about specific qualifications. It is however, the responsibility of the applicant to provide proof that any qualifications held, are equivalent to or higher than the specified minimum educational entry requirements. Functional skills will not be accepted as an equivalent if the learner is under the age of 19 at the start of the academic year.

Learning and assessment

  • A single multiple choice test via the City & Guilds Global online Assessment System. (GOLA) The test includes 30 questions and the candidate must achieve a minimum of 70% correct answers.
  • A portfolio of evidence that is produced during the candidates own time. This includes all the mandatory test pieces from the current forging exercise booklet and one none mandatory piece.
  • A practical examination that will take place under examination conditions. This will require the candidate to produce two test pieces from the current forging booklet, one of which will either be the Set Hook or the Bow Shackle. The exam will not exceed two hours.
  • Candidates must successfully achieve all three assessment components to pass. No candidate failing the exam will be allowed to retake the exam within one month of failing.
  • Candidates who pass the GOLA test but fail the practical exam / portfolio will not have to re-sit the GOLA test and vice versa, as long as all assessment components are achieved within 3 years of registration.
  • However, candidates failing either the practical exam or portfolio will be required to re-sit both components. The portfolio of a failed candidate will be retained by the college or marked so that the pieces are not reoffered at a future date.

Progression

Students passing this course will have the qualification to become an apprentice farrier.

Special requirements

A list of tools required is available on Bloom once applications have been confirmed. Additional safety glasses can be purchased from the department. Please note the information provided in the fact sheet was accurate at the date of publication. However, courses are continually being modified and information is therefore subject to change.

Farriery

Farriery, or the shoeing of horses, is an ancient craft. A farrier is a skilled craftsperson, capable of making shoes to suit all types of horse and their working conditions. Modern farriers must have knowledge of the anatomy of horses’ feet and legs, be able to work alongside vets, manage and handle horses, understand and meet the needs of clients and successfully run their own business.