SCQF Level 5

Course Overview

Introduction to Engineering is designed to give you an insight into the engineering industry. The course is full-time and taught at Edinburgh College’s Midlothian campus over 18 weeks.  


The course content is delivered at National 5 Level and will teach you theoretical and practical skills in subjects such as Mathematics, Communication, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. 


This course will teach you essential skills that will allow you to progress within the engineering industry. After completion of the course you can progress onto further study and specialised courses such as NC Higher Electrical Engineering or NC Engineering Systems which are both offered at Edinburgh College.  


You will be taught by staff with extensive experience in the engineering industry. Edinburgh College works closely with many businesses and these connections can help you find work-placements to develop your practical and employability skills. These opportunities will be supported by your College lecturers but are not mandatory. Practical work experience with an employer allows you to gain knowledge of the engineering industry. 

What You Will Learn
  • Communications 
  • Mathematics 
  • Graphical Engineering 
  • Electrical Principles 
  • Circuit Element Devices
  • Mechanical Engineering Principles 
  • Engineering Materials 
Entry Requirements
  • Applicants must have a minimum of a pass in National 4 Mathematics 
  • An interest in Engineering is essential 
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 qualification
Progression And Articulation Routes

You can progress onto: 

  • Electrical Engineering NC
  • Mechanical Engineering NC
  • Apprenticeship routes are also possible
Career Opportunities

This can lead to an exciting career in the: 

  • Mechanical engineering industry 
  • Electrical engineering industry 
Number Of Days Per Week
  • Three 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. 

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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