SCQF Level 5

Course Overview

Robotics and Control System Engineering will give you a practical skill base which can be used when working on robotic systems and computer-aided controls. During this course you will develop essential knowledge in software programming and development. You will study various engineering systems which will support your progression into other engineering subjects as well as computing studies, industry training or employment.  


You will gain an insight into the supporting technologies of robotics and, with further study, can progress to a career in electronic engineering, software development, digital security or forensics. This course can lead to an occupation in several industries including; mechanical, automotive, aeronautical or marine engineering. The course is taught by teachers with industry experience using the latest industry technologies. You will be taught between Edinburgh College classrooms and workshops where you will gain essential and hands-on experience of the engineering sector.  


This is a full-time course taught over 18-weeks at Edinburgh College’s Midlothian and Milton Road Campus’. Successful completion of the course will allow you to progress onto further Edinburgh College courses at a higher level. 

What You Will Learn
  • Mechanical and Fabrication Practical Skills
  • Software Development Skills
  • Repair and Fault-Finding Skills
  • Robotics and Applications Testing Skills 
  • Skills and Attitudes for Employability Plus and Understanding of the Workplace
  • Problem-Solving Skills 
  • Control Systems Applications and Supporting Technologies 
  • Employability and Essential Core Skills 
Entry Requirements
  • No formal entry qualifications  
  • An interest in robotics and computer control systems is required 
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 or 6 Engineering courses
  • Computing with Digital Media Level 5 or 6 
  • NC Technical support (Level 6)
Career Opportunities
  • A job within the Artificial Intelligence (AI) sector 
  • Work in the robotics industry 
  • Various jobs within the manufacturing industry 
  • Modern Apprenticeship in engineering 
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 3 days per week for 18 weeks 
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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