The National 5 Engineering Skills Course provides a basis for progression into further education or for moving directly into training or employment in an engineering sector by developing the necessary generic and practical skills, knowledge and understanding and employability skills.

It focuses on the broad areas of Mechanical, Fabrication, Electrical, Electronic, Maintenance, and on an element of Design and Manufacture.

The course will aim to enhance employability skills. You will be encouraged to develop teamwork and practical skills.   A key feature of this programme is the emphasis on experiential learning.

The skills that will be developed during this course will help the candidate to achieve employment within the Engineering industry. 

Skills listed below:

  • Employability
  • Problem solving
  • Numeracy
  • Communications
  • Hand skills
  • Confidence 
  • 2 Afternoon sessions per week for 1 year; Monday and Wednesday 2-4pm, September to June 
  • Engineering Skills: Mechanical and Fabrication
  • Engineering Skills: Electrical and Electronic
  • Engineering Skills: Maintenance
  • Engineering Skills: Design and Manufacture
  • Three National 4's in English, Maths and preferably Physics or Engineering Science or Technical subject, or a qualification to this standard in a craft or technology subject. 
  • If you are able to demonstrate a keen interest and aptitude for engineering and are willing and have the ability to develop your practical and hands-on engineering skills, you may also be considered. 

You may 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. 

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

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

Attainment of this course would count towards the "Technical Skill" entry requirement in our Level 6 programmes, so you would only then require to attain National 4 Mathematics and English. Then subject to successful interview and a positive ILR Learner Record you could potentially attain a place on one of the following Level 6 programmes: 

  • Foundation Apprenticeship Engineering (School Pupils Only) 
  • IMI Award: Transport Maintenance IMI Level 2 
  • NC Mechanical Engineering 
  • NC Manufacturing Engineering 
  • NC Electrical Engineering 
  • Completion of this and further courses can lead to modern apprenticeships or employment as a trainee in a wide range of engineering and technology jobs, such as mechanical, electrical,automotive, fabrication and welding, maintenance, manufacturing / machining, valve/pump maintenance and other related renewable technologies. 

Entry is at the discretion of the centre but, while no formal entry qualifications are required, it would be beneficial if candidates embarking on the course were working towards National 4 qualifications and demonstrated:

  • 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

Please note: you will be required to complete an aptitude test and successful interview as part of the selection process.

  • Application and ILR review, aptitude test and a successful individual interview.