Foundation Apprenticeship
Mechanical Engineering SCQF Level 6

Combining work-based and classroom-based learning in Engineering.


Why take this course?

Engineering is a challenging, exciting and rewarding career that presents a wealth of opportunities for Scotland’s young people to enter a diverse and often unique field of work including research, design and development and manufacturing.

The sector continues to expand and grow and the Scottish Government recognises the sector as one of the key economic priority areas for investment. Sectors include: 

  • Metals (including Metal Products and Wholesale Metals) 
  • Mechanical equipment 
  • Electrical equipment 
  • Rubber tyres (manufacture and repair) 
  • Other Transport equipment (other than aerospace, automotive and marine) 
  • Electronics 
  • Marine – boat building and ship building and repair 
  • Aerospace 
  • Automotive
  • Oil and Gas
  • Renewable

Find out more about this course from Skills Development Scotland

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What you will experience

The Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering is for pupils in S5 and S6.  In S5 you will complete a National Certificate at SCQF level 6 in Mechanical Engineering and the Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) Level 2.  In S6 you will undertake work based learning with a local employer. Some of the units you will study include:

  • Engineering – Applying Information Technology
  • CAD for Engineers
  • Pneumatics and Hydraulics
  • Engineering Dynamics an Introduction
  • Engineering Dynamics
  • Statistics
  • CAD
  • Preparing and Using Lathes for Turning Operations

You will also undertake work-based learning, mostly in year 2 (6th year of school) during which you will attend an extended work experience with an industry partner equivalent to a day a week.  During that time you will develop essential skills for the workplace and be assessed on your performance.

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Key facts

Subject area

Entry requirements

This course is suited to school pupils who expect to continue at school until the end of S6 and who are on track to achieve passes in related National 5 awards in S4.  Applicants are required to be expecting an A or B pass in N5 Maths and will be expected to work towards Higher Maths in S5 or S6.  

Pupils would benefit from studying subjects such as Higher Maths and Higher Physics during S5 and S6.


What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

At University

This course will prepare you to access a range of university degrees.


The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

For more information about job opportunities, salaries and employment rates in this industry, visit the Career Coach website.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


Please note that courses are subject to minimum viability levels. In the event of insufficient numbers of applications, courses may be withdrawn from the programme. Certain courses are arranged with schools working in a consortium arrangement – in such cases, pupils from consortium schools will be given priority in the allocation of places.