Diploma of Higher Education in Materials Fabrication and Engineering
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This Diploma of Higher Education in Materials Fabrication and Engineering brings together qualifications offered by The Welding Institute (TWI) – the world centre for materials joining technology – with engineering and mathematics modules from The Open University. If you’ve recently been awarded a TWI Diploma at Technologist level, or expect to complete one shortly, you can count it towards our diploma. You’ll be awarded 90 credits for your TWI qualification, and you’ll study an additional 150 credits from Open University modules to complete the diploma – giving you the intermediate technical and professional skills that are in demand from employers.
This diploma of higher education will be of particular interest to those living and working in Scotland. The same programme of study is also offered as the
Foundation Degree in Materials Fabrication and Engineering (X12).
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Diploma of Higher Education
A Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) is equivalent to two thirds of an honours degree. They are nationally recognised qualifications focusing either on a particular job or profession, or academic study.
DipHEs are designed to increase the professional and technical skills of staff within a profession or extend your knowledge and understanding of a particular subject. A DipHE shows that you are capable of extended study at university level.
You can use a DipHE to:
change careers or progress your current career gain technical and professional skills gain a greater knowledge and understanding of a subject you are interested in gain professional recognition achieve a full honours degree through additional study.
The Diploma of Higher Education might be of particular interest to those living and working in Scotland.
This diploma is only for students who gain credit through The Welding Institute (TWI) Diploma at Technologist level and are in engineering-related employment.
You may benefit from assessing your experience and confidence with mathematics before you register. To help determine your mathematical level, visit our
Maths for Engineering website.
Career relevance and employability
If you’re working at a technical level in welding and joining, have certified expertise and want to climb further up the career ladder, the DipHE Materials Fabrication and Engineering is for you. It combines traditional academic skills with the needs of your workplace, and can be a route to gaining additional responsibilities or promotion at work.
The diploma includes two work-based modules which will guide you through activities and projects that are closely linked to your workplace. There’s a strong focus on professional development planning, and you’ll also be well prepared for further study at Level 3 should you wish to progress to a full honours degree with our
Top-up Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (Q78). You’ll develop a wide range of transferable skills, with particular emphasis on:
information handling and numeracy
IT and communication
analysing and solving problems
planning and organising.
There’s more information about how OU study can improve your employability in the
OU’s Employability Statement from our Careers Advisory Service. You can also read or download our publication and look at our OU study and your career subject pages to find out about career opportunities.
Choose a pathway and register
It is not possible to apply online to study for this qualification. For more information, read
our entry requirements for this qualification.
Credit for previous study elsewhere
If you have already completed some successful study at higher education level at another institution you may be able to transfer credit for this study and count it towards this qualification. If you wish to apply to transfer credit you must do so as soon as possible, and before you register for this qualification.
If you are awarded credit for study completed elsewhere, you may find that you need to study fewer OU modules to complete this qualification. This may also mean that the next start date and the maximum time limit for this qualification are different to those shown above.
Credit Transfer site for more information and details of how to apply for credit transfer.
The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:
Knowledge and understanding
Practical and professional skills
Read more detailed information about the learning outcomes, and how they are acquired through teaching, learning and assessment methods.
On successful completion of the required modules, you will be awarded a Diploma of Higher Education in Materials Fabrication and Engineering and will be entitled to use the letters Dip HE (Open) after your name.
As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the following regulations:
These regulations are also available on our
Essential Documents website.
If you have a disability
Choosing the qualification that’s right for you is very important. Depending on your disability, long-term health condition, mental health disability or specific learning difficulty, you may need to consider any challenges posed by:
the learning objectives: for example, to gain an honours degree in a language you must be physically able to speak the language
how the modules are taught: for example, some of our science qualifications require that you complete laboratory work
any work-based competency requirements.
Choosing the right qualification can be a complex mix of the subject requirements and the support you may need. To help you assess whether the qualification you are interested in will work for you, further advice is available from:
You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification. For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007),
Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate. However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you
will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer. A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you
register. Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.
The Open University is the world’s leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities
we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you’re at home, at work or on the move.
As an OU student you’ll be supported throughout your studies – your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed
feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online
tutorials, or by phone.
For more information read
Distance learning explained.