This Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) aims to give you the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to enter into a career in engineering and the advanced manufacturing sector, or other engineering related industries. The programme will equip you with the industry needed theory, practice and related work experience. This is a 2 year course. studied over Two afternoons per week on campus and One on-line session. work placement carried out over 2 to 3 weeks in holidays or equivalent time by arrangement.

Undertaking a Foundation Apprenticeship at school widens your subject choice and helps you to keep options open for future study. Choosing this FA also supports you into gaining entry into an engineering apprenticeship which will meet industry’s need to train qualified engineers of the future which will benefit Fife and Scotland.


  • The Foundation Apprenticeship is a new and innovative approach to apprenticeships and will better prepare you for the world of work by equipping you with experience and skills, as well as knowledge, you require for today’s changing labour market
  • With shortages in most engineering disciplines, both for highly qualified engineers and experienced technicians, there is an increasing reliance on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM skills)
  • Communication
  • Mathematics: Technician 1
  • Engineering: applying information technology
  • Graphical communications
  • Computer aided draughting (CAD)
  • Engineering systems
  • Engineering materials
  • Electrical and mechanical principles
  • Health and safety in engineering
  • 3 National 5s at grade C or above in Maths, English and Physics.
  • It is essential to undertake both Higher Maths and Higher English in S5 and to attain a C grade pass minimum in both subjects, this is vital as attainment of these support the main volume and level of work expected within the Engineering FA.   If you later require to resit Higher English and or Maths in S6, you will also be expected to undertake further SCQF Level 6 Communication and or Mathematic Technician units in addition to the timetable sessions.
  • School Transition Form 
  • An excellent attendance record in school
  • 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
  • FAs are accepted by colleges and universities as part of their entry requirements. For full details, check out

Fife College will accept achievement of the FA in Engineering as equivalent to two Highers which will support you to gain entry to one of the following:

  • HNC: Engineering SCQF Level 7
  • HNC: Engineering Systems SCQF Level 7
  • HNC: Electrical Engineering SCQF Level 7
  • HNC: Manufacturing Engineering SCQF Level 7
  • HNC: Fabrication and Welding Engineering SCQF Level 7
  • HNC: Petroleum Engineering SCQF Level 7
  • HNC: Computer Aided Draughting and Design SCQF Level 7
  • HNC: Mechanical Engineering SCQF Level 7
  • Energy, renewables, and petroleum (upstream and downstream)
  • Electronics and electrical instrumentation and control
  • Industries 4.0 (Internet of Things, mechatronics)
  • Manufacturing, mechanical and multidisciplinary engineering
  • Fabrication and welding
  • Automotive