Course Details

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Intermediate Certificate: Engineering Pre-Apprenticeship

SCQF Level 5

There is currently a shortage of engineers with both the practical skills and academic qualifications required, so this specially developed fast-track course will give you the academic requirements to progress into a range of engineering disciplines including the energy sector, both onshore and offshore renewables, the automotive sector and general engineering and manufacturing.

The key principle of this short course is to allow those who successfully complete all units, to progress on to the SWAP Access to Engineering National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering (including SWAP Access to Engineering) SCQF Level 6, commencing as a full-time programme each September. We plan to offer SWAP Access to Engineering in September 2018, where following successful completion you would have the potential to articulate to 87 different Degree courses at 9 Universities throughout Scotland.

The ethos of this course is to develop your knowledge and understanding of engineering principles and systems whilst covering a range of engineering disciplines. It is an ideal stepping stone for studying a variety of engineering courses at NC, HNC, HND and Degree Level. The course is based upon a shortened SCQF Level 5 Engineering Practice qualification, where there are additional units such as “mechanical principles” and “energy an introduction” which broaden the programme enabling you to progress to a range of different engineering disciplines such as mechanical, electrical, civil and renewable engineering.

SWAP (Scottish Wider Access Programme) courses are designed if you have few or no formal qualifications and have been out of full-time education for at least 3 years (5 years if studied Highers or a Higher National course or similar level).

SWAP Access courses provide you with an alternative route into higher education and are designed to give you intensive academic preparation as well as the opportunity to develop the skills and confidence you need for entry into higher education through recognised progression routes at Colleges or Universities in Scotland.

For more information on Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) courses please go to and click on the SWAP East Portal.

What You Study

  • Communications
  • Mathematics: Craft 1
  • Mathematics: Craft 2
  • Engineering: Using Information Technology
  • Energy: An Introduction
  • Engineering Materials
  • Engineering Graphic Communications
  • Computer Aided Draughting (CAD)
  • Mechanical Engineering Principles
  • Pneumatics and Hydraulics
  • Engineering Workshop / Assembly Skills

Duration and Attendance

Short full-time from January.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of three Standard Grades at General Level or three Intermediate 1s or three National 4s in English, Maths and preferably Physics, or a qualification to this standard in a craft or technology subject in place of Physics.

Adult returners without the Maths and Physics qualifications required are welcome to apply. You will need to offer alternative qualifications or prove a real desire to be on the course.

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

Further Study

Subject to successful interview and completion of this course, this programme will offer access to our new NC Mechanical Engineering including SWAP Access to Engineering programme (Due to start in September 2018), you may progress to other higher levels of study within engineering in the college or employment.

Career Opportunities

Completion of this course of study and further courses can provide a stepping stone and lead to, also modern apprenticeships or employment as a trainee in a wide range of engineering and technology enabled sectors. These progression and employment routes exist in the following industries, mechanical, electrical, electronic, aeronautical, marine, automotive, fabrication and welding, maintenance, manufacturing, energy and renewable technologies.

Many students will progress into employment in the engineering, renewables or energy sectors through our pre-apprenticeship course.

Application Process

You will be invited to discuss your application with us and your application, aptitude test and interview will form part of the selection process.

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 our Financing Your Studies page in our Student Information section.

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

Method of Study Starts* Ends* Based at

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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