This is course is sponsored by Shell, one of the largest companies in the world, and offers a unique insight into the oil and gas industry. This course will aim to enhance your employability skills. You will be encouraged to develop teamwork and practical skills. A key feature of this course is the emphasis on experiential learning.

  • Generic skills/attitudes valued by employers
  • Understanding of the workplace and the employee’s responsibilities, for example: time-keeping, appearance, customer care
  • Self-evaluation skills
  • Positive attitude to learning
  • Flexible approaches to solving problems
  • Adaptability and positive attitude to change
  • Confidence to set goals, reflect and learn from experience
  • Specific vocational skills/knowledge
On successful completion of the course, you will also achieve an SQA National 5 Skills for Work: Energy qualification.
  • 3-4 hours per week for 1 year
  • Energy: an introduction
  • Domestic wind turbine systems
  • Domestic solar hot water systems
  • Employability and careers

You will also study one additional unit, selected by the College or your school, from the following:

  • Energy and the individual
  • Oil/gas extraction
  • Conventional technologies and the grid


  • You will explore the various UK-based energy industries and develop practical skills by building a small-scale solar hot water system and wind turbine.
  • You will also develop your employability skills and review your strengths and weaknesses – which are then used to help suggest the most appropriate career for you within the energy sector.
  • There is an opportunity to specialise in one subject area such as analysing their own carbon footprint, or developing a deeper knowledge of oil and gas production in the North Sea, or learning more about the conventional energy generation systems used in the UK.

No formal entry qualifications are required

It would be beneficial if you were working towards National 4s and could demonstrate:

  • an interest in engineering
  • an ability to work in numeracy and literacy at National 4
  • some aptitude for graphical forms of communication at National 4
  • You may be required to take part in an informal conversation as part of the application process. This group/individual conversation may be an information session, a portfolio discussion, or a skills based exercise

Fife College will accept achievement of this course, along with two National 5s, for entry onto:

  • National Certificate: Electrical Engineering SCQF Level 5
  • National Certificate: Fabrication and Welding Engineering SCQF Level 5
  • IMI Award: Transport Maintenance IMI Level 1
  • Intermediate Certificate: Engineering Pre-Apprenticeship
  • National Certificate: Engineering Practice SCQF Level 5
  • National Certificate: Electrical Engineering SCQF Level 6
  • National Certificate: Measurement and Control Engineering SCQF Level 6
  • National Certificate: Electrical Engineering and Engineering Systems SCQF Level 6
  • Wind Turbine Maintenance (Technical Knowledge) SCQF Level 6
  • National Certificate: Manufacturing Engineering SCQF Level 6
  • National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering (including SWAP Access to Engineering) SCQF Level 6

Modern Apprentice, craft operative, or technical trades in engineering industries including:

  • Energy
  • Petroleum (upstream and downstream)
  • Electronics and electrical
  • Instrumentation and control
  • Industries 4.0 (Internet of Things, mechatronics)
  • Renewables
  • Manufacturing and mechanical engineering
  • Multidisciplinary engineering
  • Fabrication and welding
  • Automotive
  • If chosen for the course, you will receive all necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including a SHELL boilersuit, as well as a laptop to keep if you successfully complete the course.

You will be taken on industrial visits, and you will participate in the Girls in Energy Conference in Aberdeen. You will also have the opportunity to apply for a two-week industrial placement with Shell – which includes an all-expenses paid trip to London – a fantastic opportunity to learn more about all of the various careers available in the oil and gas industry with ones of the world’s leading companies.