SCQF Level 5

Course Overview

Engineering Skills National 5 is a full-time course taught at Edinburgh College’s Midlothian campus. This course is designed to give you a broad understanding of engineering manufacture systems and processes. You will study a range of modules such as Understanding the Workplace and Engineering Materials which will develop your practical skills and build your knowledge of the engineering industry.  


You will learn basic engineering processes and maintenance by working on a range of engineering systems such as: fitting using hand skills; fabrication and welding engineering; manufacturing; project design and much more.  


This course supports progression into other engineering studies which can lead to a university degree, training or employment. You will be provided with information to give you an insight into engineering occupations such as mechanical, fabrication, automotive, aeronautical, electrical and electronic, marine and control. Once you have successfully completed this course you can use your studies to help you choose which career path within in the engineering industry you wish to pursue. 


The course is taught by teachers with industry experience using the latest industry technologies and will give you an insight into the working environment of an engineer. You will be taught between Edinburgh College classrooms and workshops where you will gain essential and hands-on experience of the engineering sector. 



Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required. This will be provided by Edinburgh College. 

What You Will Learn
  • Mechanical and Fabrication Practical Skills 
  • Electrical and Electronic Practical Skills 
  • Repair and?Maintenance Skills 
  • Design and Manufacture Skills 
  • Skills and Attitudes for Employability Plus 
  • Understanding the Workplace 
  • Engineering Materials 
  • Fitting Using Hand Skills
  • Employability  
  • Essential Core Skills 
Entry Requirements
  • No formal entry requirements 
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • You will be assessed on each unit 
  • All units within the course must be achieved in order to gain the full award 
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Progression onto one of our Level 5 Engineering courses? 
  • NC Access to Engineering or Engineering Systems? 
  • NC Mechanical Maintenance Engineering  
  • Progression onto an SVQ Level 2 courses 
Career Opportunities
  • Mechanical system and maintenance engineering 
  • Pre-apprenticeship in engineering disciplines 
  • Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering 
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 3 days per week  
Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories

20-year-old Lindsay Stevenson moved to Edinburgh to start her Oil and Gas Technical Programme (OGTAP) managed by OPITO in partnership with Edinburgh College. We caught up with her to find out how her apprenticeship was going so far: 


‘I chose an apprenticeship for on-the-job training and the opportunity to earn and learn. I’ve formed lots of friendships with my new classmates and in terms of the course itself the practical nature is the best thing.  


I hope to work offshore and progress within the oil and gas industry. And, to travel lots when I’m off!’ 


Read more of our student stories here.

Start Date and Time

Full Time

This course will start week commencing...
  • Monday 30/08/2021
End Date

Full Time

This course will end on...
  • Friday 21/01/2022
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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

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