Electrical/Instrumentation and NC Engineering Systems SCQF 5/6 (Thurso) SVQ

What is special about this course?

Combining NC Engineering Systems and SVQ Performing Engineering Operations, you will gain a mix of theoretical knowledge, practical experience and industry connections, providing a strong foundation for a career in Engineering.

These qualifications satisfy the foundation training for a modern apprenticeship in electrical installation, engineering and control and instrumentation engineering.

This course offers good employment opportunities through our strong links with employers and is a potential route to a 2nd-year apprenticeship, allowing you to earn while you continue to develop your skills.

Entry requirements

School leavers

  • Three Credit Standard Grades or three National 5 qualifications including Maths, English and a technical subject
  • SQA Skills for Work Engineering would also be an advantage
  • Satisfactory interview

Mature students

  • Relevant post school education and training
  • Satisfactory interview

This course is designed to give learners the foundation training in instrumentation/control engineering installation and maintenance along with the knowledge and understanding of how electrical, instrumentation and controls engineering integrates into an engineering system.  You will learn:

  • Practical skills in electrical installation
  • Inspection and testing
  • Control and instrumentation maintenance
  • Fault finding on a variety of engineering equipment
  • You will also develop your core, employability, enterprise and citizenship skills.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Day release
  • Block release
  • Vocational Pathway

How long will my course last?

One Academic Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Thurso

Start date



Find out more about fees, fee waivers and funding options.

What can I do on completion of my course?

  • HNC Engineering Systems
  • Enhanced career prospects as a second year apprentice.

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I would like to become an electrical engineer and this course provides a great foundation. As an apprentice with Dounreay, my company has enrolled me in the course, as they recognise my ambition and support my goals.   

The facilities are great, and the staff are caring, which makes me engage more. During the start of my week, we do a range of practical activities, which include mechanical, electrical and electronic work. I finish my week by attending a series of theoretical classes, which bring correlation to the practical work completed earlier in the week.  I also enjoy the social environment of studying at the college. Overall, the college gives me confidence in my ability as a student and a future engineer.    

I am currently an apprentice, who looks forward to furthering my education with UHI. The skills and knowledge gained will allow me to become a better engineer for the future, helping my company develop innovative solutions to tackle the difficulties in our ever-changing world.  

Jarrod Whalen

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