This practical course is for students who would like to improve their soldering technique. Basic soldering principles will be covered and students will practice with copper and brass. We will cover pallion soldering, sweat soldering and appropriate techniques for a range of soldering scenarios. You will work with soldering set-ups, aids and adapted tools for specific soldering jobs, as well as trouble shooting for when soldering fails.
This class is for learners who already have some experience of soldering and jewellery making or silversmithing. If you are interested in a specialist technique not listed or described in the course description, please contact the Curriculum manager before enrolling, to find out if it is possible for us to accommodate this.
The course will cover good soldering practice; Health and Safety in the workshop; soldering jump rings; heat protection methods; multi soldering within a piece; soldering dos and don'ts, heat requirements for effective soldering; appropriate set ups/ upport for soldering; equipment needed; problem solving when soldering fails; advice on student projects. At the end of the course, students will be able to improve the soldering elements of their projects and apply the practical knowledge to their practice.
Teaching and Learning Methods
In the first session, the tutor will check your skills and personal goals for the course. You will be working at your own pace and be given verbal and written feedback on your progress. If you have additional learning support needs, you will be signposted to support. At the end of the course, the tutor will assess your progress and advise you on the next step. The course will be practically taught with demonstrations, presentations, one-to-one and group tuition. Supported independent work will allow each student the time to apply, practice, experiment and develop their skills and knowledge within this course. The course will support the development of your thinking and practice through ongoing evaluation. Emphasis will be placed upon developing your own pieces and developing your practical skills in line with your ideas. Resources used within each lesson are available electronically. No homework is required. Information and further online demonstrations will be recommended.
There is no exam or formal assessment for this course. However your tutorwill work with you to identify your personal aims and you will receive one to one feedback throughout as well as sharing outcomes as a group. There is no formal qualification attached to this course but you can receive a Certificate of Completion from the college on request.
Next Steps and Progression
Learners can progress onto any of our jewellery courses or implement what they've learnt in their home or professional practice. See our wide range of offers and specialised Studio classes within our jewellery and creative arts department at WMC. Advice and Guidance for all further study is available from the Curriculum Manager by request.
For more information, please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700 or email LearnerServices@wmcollege.ac.uk.
Additional Learning Support
Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an assessment by the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers advice and guidance is also available to all learners.
WM College is able to provide financial support with course fees and you may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or on benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, go to the Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.