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. 
  • Employability
  • Problem solving
  • Numeracy
  • Communications
  • Hand skills
  • Confidence 
  • 2 Afternoon sessions per week for 1 year (September to June)
  • Monday and Wednesday 2-4pm
Engineering Skills: Mechanical and Fabrication
Engineering Skills: Electrical and Electronic
Engineering Skills: Maintenance
Engineering Skills: Design and Manufacture
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.
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 5 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

Modern apprenticeships / 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

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