Fabrication and Welding Exam Summary November 2017


Level 3 Diploma in Fabrication and Welding Practice.


A5700-03 and C5700-03/C5701-03 D5700-03 0036


URN  600/5130/9

A01 Science and Calculations for fabrication and welding practice


13th November 2017 to 24th November 2017
The report below summarises the findings of the examiner team following the recent examination/assessment series. Tutors are required to take note of the recommendations made by the Lead Examiner to ensure that candidates are supported in achieving the best possible outcome in future assessments.




1.1 All candidates could explain the physical properties of materials.

1.3 All candidates could describe the effects of hot and cold working on the grain structure of steels.

1.4 Most candidates could not explain the effects of stress relieving of a material

1.5 Majority of candidates showed a good understanding of the effects of heat treatment on a material

1.6 Majority of candidates could show an understanding of the effects of distortion

1.7 All candidates could describe the macro-structure of an arc welded joint. 

1.8 Most candidates could identify the grain structure within a weld

1.9/1.10 Most candidates could not describe dilution within a weld

1.11 Many candidates were unsure of the difference between galvanic corrosion and galvanising



2.1 Most of the candidates were able to explain the mechanical properties of materials


3.1/3.2 Limited knowledge of the methods of regulating the output current for welding

3.3 All candidates could recognise plug/socket colours 

3.4 Poor understanding shown by candidates of the use of power factor correction in an AC circuit.

3.5 Poor understanding shown of the basic function of electrical components

3.6 Most candidates could not describe the output characteristics of a welding power source 

3.7 Majority of candidates could Identify welding processes that use a certain power source



4.1 Candidates were able to carry out calculations on volumes of welds

4.3 Not all candidates were capable of completing total length calculations and using derived units

4.4 Majority of candidates could not correctly calculate the mass of a material

4.5 All candidates attempted the calculation of the length of welds on fabricated assemblies but continue to miss the units from the answer

4.6 All candidates could calculate using the Pythagoras Theorem

4.7 Poor understanding shown of Trigonometry with many not attempting the question



5.5 Candidates could describe the factors that may affect the amount of distortion that occurs in welded joints

5.6 Candidates could describe residual stress within a welded joint

5.7 Candidates could not describe the effects that oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen can have on a welded joints 

5.9 All candidates could identify the use of Non-destructive testing methods on materials

5.11 Most candidates could not recognise the use of welding procedure sheets

5.12 Most candidates could state factors that influence the location of welded joints in fabrications

5.14 Majority of candidates could explain the importance of an inspection report