SCQF Level 5

Course Overview

Electrical Engineering NC Level 5 is run in collaboration with ScottishPower and designed to introduce you to electrical engineering and prepare you for an apprenticeship. 

As part of the course, you will attend sessions with ScottishPower at their training centre and may be offered a place on their apprentice programme. This training will involve learning about overhead lines and jointing and cabling practical skills. These opportunities will be supported by your College lecturers. Practical work experience with ScottishPower will help you to gain knowledge of the engineering industry and will heighten your employability skills. 

You will be taught by staff with extensive experience in the electrical engineering industry. You will also have access to Edinburgh College workshops where you will use up-to-date technology and equipment. The course is based in both the workshop and classroom ensuring you get a combination of practical and technical skills. The course will also prepare you for further study in Electrical Engineering such as NC Higher Electrical Engineering offered at Edinburgh College. 

What You Will Learn

The course is a mixture of both workshop and classroom sessions providing an introduction to the knowledge and skills needed for either an apprenticeship or higher level in studies in Electrical Engineering. Subjects studied include:

  • Electrical Principles
  • Testing and Measurement
  • Safe Working Practice
  • Wiring Skills
Placement Information
  • This course is run in collaboration with ScottishPower. Within the delivery, there is on-site bespoke training at the ScottishPower training centre. This will encompass overhead lines and jointing practical skills.


Entry Requirements
  • Four subjects at National 4 Level including English, Maths and one Science 

English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • You will be assessed at the end of each unit 
  • All units within the course must be achieved in order to gain the full award 
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • You will be required to attend an interview with staff from ScottishPower
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • NC Higher Electrical Engineering


Career Opportunities
  • Apprenticeship at Scottish Power 
  • Apprenticeship at other engineering companies 
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 3 days per week 
Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories

Rhys originally started at Edinburgh College as a full-time student and studied a range of subjects including electrical principles, maths, testing, measurement and wiring skills. On completing the Electrical Engineering NC Higher course, he successfully gained an apprenticeship through Trained Up and secured a position with Forth Ports PLC. As part of his training he returned to Edinburgh College to complete the practical element. 


Moving on from his Modern Apprenticeship Rhys applied to continue his studies on a part-time basis at Edinburgh College with the support of his employer. He has recently completed his HND Electrical Engineering and successfully gained full-time employment. 


Read more of our student stories here.

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