HNC Jewellery candidate information

HNC JewelleryThe HNC Jewellery will prepare you to follow different career paths in the jewellery industry; such as manufacturing, design, self-employment or further study. It covers:

  • Manufacturing Techniques: practical work involving the use of hand tools for the production of jewellery items.
  • Design and Manufacture Jewellery: practical work taking into account design considerations as part of the process.
  • Rub-over Setting Techniques: edge setting of cabochon and faceted gemstones.
  • Claw Setting Technique: claw setting of round and shaped faceted gemstones.
  • Lost Wax Casting: exploration of the production of jewellery from wax patterns using investment casting techniques.

You will also develop skills in designing and fabricating jewellery to a commercial standard, an understanding of the construction and production processes used in jewellery, and an understanding of the qualities of materials used in the jewellery industry. You will also develop your communication, study and research skills.

Employment and progression opportunities

The HNC will qualify you for entry to jewellery manufacturing, design, or self-employment. The Employment would usually be at a level of basic skills within a workshop, though you would be able to progress to bench work with further training. On completion of the HNC you may progress onto the HND Jewellery. It may also allow you to progress into degree-level courses in a number of art schools in Scotland and England.


As with all qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. Examples of formal entry qualifications include: A National Certificate qualification or collection of National Units in Jewellery or equivalent qualification at SCQF level 5 or 6. If English is not your first language, English for Speakers of Other Languages at an appropriate level or IELTS at 5.5 is recommended.

If you have equivalent qualifications from this country or other countries, you may be accepted for entry, providing the competences can be identified and are appropriate. You may also be accepted if you have work experience in jewellery or another related industry, or evidence of experience or qualifications in a related area of Art and Design.