SCQF Level 5

Course Overview

This course is for pupils who are in their fourth year of high school. This course is intended to be studied alongside your high school subjects. 


Access to Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering is your first step towards an exciting career in engineering. The course will develop your skills and knowledge of the engineering industry. You will learn both the theoretical and practical aspects of engineering that will support your studies going forward into the FA. This will give you the necessary academic and practical support that you may require to allow you to access the FA at your level of study. 


You will attend College for two afternoons a week. In the year you will complete units at SCQF level 5 and this will be the building blocks for a successful continuation in the Engineering FA (in 5th and 6th year).

What You Will Learn

You will learn the access requirements to support your future year's studies when undertaking the FA.

Subjects will include:


  • Maths
  • Mechanical Engineering Principles
  • Electrical Engineering Principles
  • Terminology and SI units used within engineering



Entry Requirements
  • Working towards National 5 Mathematics or Physics 
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • Outcome by outcome
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements

You will attend an informal discussion why you want to study this access course and to ensure this is the right course for you. 

Your Schools guidance and College foundation apprenticeship coordinator will support you with this. 

Progression And Articulation Routes

This course is aligned to Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering.


However on successful completion other Engineering courses may be considered in either electrical or mechanical disciplines. 


Career Opportunities


On completion of the Engineering FA University access may be considered.

Career opportunities within electrical or mechanical pathways as various technician roles within the engineering or maintenance industry.

Number Of Days Per Week
  • Two afternoons will be required and this will be aligned to your SCP agreements
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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

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To apply please download an SCP application form and contact your guidance teacher who will support you through your application.

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