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Railway Engineering City & Guilds

Campus Granton Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 5

Study mode Full time

Duration 20 weeks

Start date Jan 2023

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Course overview

Railway Engineering City and Guilds SCQF Level 5 will give you an introduction to the railway industry and prepare you for a career in railway engineering. The course lasts 18 weeks with the first two weeks based at Edinburgh College’s Granton campus. You will then go to our shore site where you will work on our simulated track for 12 weeks and undertake practical training including Personal Track Safety (PTS) and Track Induction Course (TIC). You will need to complete theory tests for your PTS as well as learn about the health and safety involved when working in the railway sector.  

The railways are a key part of the UK’s transport infrastructure for commuting, leisure and business travel as well as freight services. The rail industry has been experiencing strong growth in passenger journeys putting pressure on the available resources. The industry recognises that it needs staff with the right skills to deal with the ever-increasing demands. Successful completion of this will allow you to work on the rail infrastructure. Railway Engineering City and Guilds is an Employability Training programme and is for college and employability funded students.  

What is Employability Training? Edinburgh College offers a range of practical courses which will provide you with a recognised qualification and the skills that employers are looking for. Through Employability Training you can access real-life work experience, industry qualifications and industry job searches. 

Find out more about our Employability Training here or call 0131 669 4400. 

Please note that this course has multiple start dates throughout the year from August. 

What you will learn

  • NVQ Level 2 Railways Engineering
  • Critical Training in Personal Track Safety (PTS)
  • Track Induction Course (TIC)
  • Health and Safety

How the course is assessed

  • Assessment is through continual assessment both in practical and theory 
  • There are no exams  

Number of days per week

  • 5 days per week over 18 weeks 


Entry requirements

  • We recommend that you are at least 17 years old when starting this course, you must be 18 years old upon completion in order to enter employment 
  • You should be fit and healthy and will undergo a fitness and drugs and alcohol test prior to being given a place on the course 
  • No formal qualifications are required but some construction or plant experience would be beneficial 

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

  • You will be asked to attend an interview for a skills assessment 

English Proficiency Requirements


Progression and Articulation Routes

  • On successful completion of the course you can progress to employment through a rail employment agent or seek work directly with an employer 

Career options

  • Growth and development of the East West Rail Link and the Borders Railway means that employment is set to remain steady in this area 
  • Opportunities for employment exist in several rail projects currently active in the UK 

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Granton Campus Full time 23/01/23 20 Weeks

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