Course Details

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National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering (including SWAP Access to Engineering) SCQF Level 6

SCQF Level 6

This course is for those interested in a career or apprenticeship in mechanical engineering. You will receive a high level of theoretical delivery at SCQF level 6 in preparation for our HND years 1 and 2 courses in mechanical or systems related engineering, both of which have articulation links to universities throughout Scotland.

Scottish Wider Access Programmes, also known as SWAP courses, are for adults who have few or no formal qualifications and who have been out of full-time education for at least three years (five years if you have Highers or an HN).

This course is specifically designed for those who have left formal education and, after a period away, want to return and progress to Higher Education. Successful completion can lead you to a guaranteed place on an HNC, HND, or degree course at college or university in the SWAP–East network (for more information about SWAP courses and progression options, visit

What You Study

This course includes important knowledge and skills to enhance your employment and career progression options including skills in:

  • Communication
  • Maths: Tech 1 and 2
  • Information technology
  • Computer aided draughting (CAD)
  • Graphical engineering communication
  • Engineering workshop skills
  • Engineering dynamics
  • Strength of materials
  • Dimensional control
  • Thermofluids
  • Statics

The Core Skills of ICT, numeracy and communication will be developed and certificated on this course.

Duration and Attendance

One year full-time.

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Three National 5s at Level C or above which must include Maths and Physics or a Technology subject
  • National Certificate: Engineering Practice
  • Relevant industry experience and/or other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis

Please note: you will be required to complete an aptitude test and successful interview.

In addition, internal applicants will also require a positive Internal Learner Reference (ILR).

Funding Information

For information on how to apply for funding for your course fees to be paid, funding options and other financial support available, please visit the Financing Your Studies page in our Student Information section.

Further Study

  • HNC: Mechanical Engineering
  • HNC: Engineering Systems
  • HNC: Fabrication, Welding and Inspection
  • HNC: Computer Aided Draughting and Design
  • HNC: Petroleum Engineering

Career Opportunities

Completion of this and further courses may lead to careers in the following areas:

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Renewables
  • Energy
  • Modern Apprenticeships

Application Process

Online application and successful interview.

Find Your Ideal Career

Want to know more about job opportunities, salaries, and employment rates in this industry? Check out our Career Coach page.

This course is currently offered on the date(s) and venue(s) listed below.

Method of Study Year of course Starts* Ends* Based at Apply
Full time 1st Year 03 Sep 2018 14 Jun 2019 Stenton Campus Glenrothes apply online

While we make every attempt to ensure the accuracy of course information, this is subject to change, as part of our continuous improvement process.

*Start and End dates refer to the week commencing date and the actual date could be any date within that week.

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