Engineering Practice and NC Engineering Systems SCQF 5 (Thurso) SVQ

What is special about this course?

The course covers both theory and practical subjects to develop skills across a range of units to increase knowledge of  engineering systems and engineering practice.

This programme combines the NC engineering systems with the SVQ Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations. These qualifications satisfy the foundation training for a modern apprenticeship across a range of engineering disciplines. 
Employment opportunities through good employer links and potential route to a 2nd year apprentice.

Entry requirements

School leavers

  • Three National 4 qualifications including Maths, English and a technical/science subject. 
  • SQA skills for work engineering would also be an advantage
  • Satisfactory interview

Mature students 

  • Relevant post school education and training
  • Satisfactory interview

Progressing students 

  • Access to Construction and Engineering with bridging Maths at SCQF Level 5
  • Satisfactory interview

The NC Engineering Systems award comprises of a core set of units which focus strongly on an engineering systems approach with equal emphasis being given to mechanical and electrical engineering. 

  • Communication 
  • Mathematics: Craft 1 
  • Engineering: Using Information Technology
  • Engineering Systems Principles 
  • Engineering Systems Test and Measurement 
  • Engineering Systems Applications 
  • Practical Electronics 
  • Engineering Materials 
  • Engineering Quality 
  • Computer Aided Draughting (CAD) for Engineers 
  • Health and Safety: Engineering 
  • Mathematics: Craft 2 
  • Working with Others 
  • Problem Solving 
  • Numeracy 
  • Information and Communication Technology

This qualification can be offered as a stand-alone qualification or combined with the Multi-disciplinary SVQ Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations 

SVQ units to include

  • Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements 
  • Using and interpreting engineering data and documentation 
  • Working efficiently and effectively in engineering
  • Producing mechanical engineering drawings using a CAD system 
  • Forming and assembling pipework systems 
  • General machining, fitting and assembly applications 
  • General fabrication and welding applications 
  • General electrical and electronic engineering applications

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

How long will my course last?

This course runs full time over one academic year, or over two years on a day release basis if you are in suitable employment.

Where can I study my course?

    • Thurso

Start date



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What can I do on completion of my course?

  • Successful completion of this course can be used to help you secure employment as a second year apprentice, as the course provides you with the necessary qualifications that satisfy the foundation training for the Modern Apprenticeship in Fabrication and Welding Engineering.
  • NC Engineering Systems: Mechanical production and maintenance engineering or electrical, control and instrumentation installation and maintenance engineering.

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