Level 3 Diploma in Jewellery and Silverware Manufacturing

SQA code: GJ4V57
Ofqual code: 601/3128/7
Total Qualification Time: 805NN
Guided Learning Hours: 565
Credit value: 81

This qualification has been developed in partnership with Creative & Cultural Skills and provides learners with a high level of understanding and proficiency in all stages of jewellery manufacture to a commercial standard.

The two pathways of jewellery manufacture and silversmithing provide an opportunity to develop and specialise in more complex production and design techniques.

The Diploma will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as producing precious metal objects from detailed drawings and specifications; marking out and measuring materials; using mechanical methods to join precious metal components; producing tools and jigs; and applying concepts of metallurgy for use in the manufacture of precious metal objects.

This qualification may be available through employers, training providers and colleges in England.

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

Its primary purpose is to confirm the learner's occupational competence as a jeweller or silverware manufacturer.  As a work-related, competence-based qualification it provides confirmation to employers, that the learner has the skills and knowledge needed to meet the nationally recognised standard to carry out the role.

Learners who achieve this qualification will have a high level understanding and proficiency in all stages of the jewellery or silverware manufacturing process and will be able to work independently, with confidence and consistency.

Learners can use it to gain employment, to progress in the industry, or to work towards another qualification (see Progression).


The qualification is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • supporting a role in the workplace
  • confirming knowledge, understanding and skills 

What does this qualification cover?

As this is a competence-based qualification, learners will be acquiring the knowledge and skills required through either on-the-job experience or in a learning environment.

To achieve the whole qualification, learners need a minimum of 81 credits. They must complete six mandatory units (credit value 41) then three mandatory units (credit value 34) and one optional unit (credit value 6) from either the jewellery or silversmithing pathways. See the qualification structure for more information.

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • learners who already have a knowledge of jewellery making and design drawing
  • learners who have completed a qualification in a relevant discipline at Level 2 Jewellery Manufacturing
  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • individuals who wish to start their own business


Entry to the qualification is at the discretion of the centre.

This qualification is mainly taken by individuals employed as jewellers or silverware manufacturers.


This qualification is a mandatory component in the Jewellery, Silversmithing and Allied Trades Apprenticeship in England (as detailed in SASE).


Learners may progress from the Level 3 Diploma in Jewellery and Silverware Manufacturing to a Level 4 Diploma in Jewellery and Silverware Manufacturing.

This qualification can lead to progression within the jewellery and silverware manufacturing industry.

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Qualification structure

The qualification requires the learner to complete six mandatory units (credit value 41) plus three mandatory units (credit value 34) and one optional unit (credit value 6) from either the jewellery or silversmithing pathways.

Please refer to the qualification structure (110 KB) for more information.

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How to assess

Ongoing course assessment will apply. Each unit specification gives detailed information on the assessment criteria, assessment (evidence) requirements and guidance on instruments of assessment for the unit.

The qualification is assessed by completing a portfolio of evidence which details what the learner has completed at work. This can be gathered through observation, professional discussion, witness testimony or supporting documentary evidence. The assessor can work alongside the learner to confirm that they have met the requirements of the qualification and that they are therefore competent in their role.

Competence is displayed through the assessor observing the learner demonstrate that they carry out their normal work activities competently and to the industry standard and comply with current legislation and company procedures.

The assessment process will ensure that the learner can complete the tasks that they have been directed to undertake and that they can interpret the instructions correctly. They will demonstrate that they can select the appropriate resources for the tasks and can complete them within the given timescales and specifications.

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