Level 3 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing CAD/CAM

Level 3 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing CAD/CAM

SQA code: GJ4J57
Ofqual code: 601/3126/3
Total Qualification Time: 806
Guided Learning Hours: 615
Credit value: 81

This qualification will develop knowledge and skills in computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) of prototypes for precious metal objects.

It has been developed in partnership with Creative & Cultural Skills) to ensure it meets the needs of the industry by fostering skilled creative designers who also understand all stages of the jewellery manufacturing production process.

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

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

Its primary purpose is to develop the learner's occupational competence as a jewellery designer or trade specialist in CAD (computer-aided design) and/or CAM (computer-aided manufacture). 

Learners who achieve this qualification 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 five mandatory units plus two optional units from the jewellery or silverware pathway and one optional unit from Group B from the qualification structure. 

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • workers wishing to progress into a supervisory position
  • learners who have completed the Level 2 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing
  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • individuals who already have basic skills and knowledge in jewellery making and design drawing
  • 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 a jewellery designer or a trade specialist in CAD (computer aided design) and/or CAM (computer aided manufacture).


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 Manufacturing CAD/CAM to the Level 4 Diploma in Jewellery and Silverware Manufacturing or Level 4 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing CAD/CAM.  

The Level 3 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing CAD/CAM can lead to employment in the jewellery industry as a manufacturing jewellery, mounter, diamond mounter, model-maker, caster, and CAD technician/designer.

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Qualification structure

The qualification requires the learner to complete five mandatory units (credit value 54) and two optional units (credit value 21) from the jewellery or silverware specialism and one optional unit (credit value 6) from Group B.

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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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