Mechanical Engineering SCQF Level 6

Providing you with an in-depth introduction to key engineering concepts.


Why take this course?

Delivered on a part-time basis over 2 years (whilst you continue to undertake a school based Senior Phase curriculum) this classroom-based course will introduce you to a range of engineering concepts including Dynamics, Pneumatics and Hydraulics, Strength of Materials, CAD and Maths for Engineering.

The course is equivalent to three Highers, and provides successful students with a wide range of possible progression routes to further study at college or university, or employment. As part of the course you will undertake Higher Maths to ensure you achieve the full qualification. Learning is mainly classroom-based, and the course forms part of the Craft Engineering Modern Apprenticeship, whilst supporting access to the HNC Mechanical Engineering course (forming an element of the Technician Modern Apprenticeship).

The course will set you on a path to employment in the industry. Throughout the course you will develop strong commercial awareness, as well as problem solving, organisation and planning skills – key transferrable skills for progressing to further study or employment.

Please note that an NC+ Mechanical Engineering Infill option is available on request, for pupils to join a group of day release employees one full day per week.  For further information on this bespoke option please contact:

Schools Liaison Team
Telephone: 01224 612020

What you will experience

The course units will be delivered over 2 years as broken down below:

Year 1
  • Mathematics: Technician 1
  • Engineering Dynamics: an Introduction
  • Statics
  • Engineering Dynamics
  • Strength of Materials
  • Engineering: Applying IT
Year 2
  • Graphical Engineering Communication
  • Pneumatics and Hydraulics
  • Communications Core Skills Unit
  • Mathematics: Technician 2
  • CAD
  • Thermofluids

Pupils will be able to join the course at the start of either year 1 or year 2 of the programme. Those joining at the start of year 2 will be able to continue for another year to undertake the units delivered in year 1. Pupils who only undertake one year will receive credit for the units completed only rather than the full award.

Teaching will mainly take place in a classroom environment. Opportunities to engage with industry partners will be made available during the course. You will be expected to demonstrate:

  • Good time keeping skills;
  • A willingness to learn and a commitment to self-study;
  • An ability to work independently;
  • Planning and preparation skills;
  • An ability to establish/maintain good working relationships with others;
  • Problem solving skills.

To achieve the full qualification you must attend regularly and successfully complete all units. Assessment will be based on a range of activities including end of unit tests and exams, written reports, preparation of drawings and some practical assessment.

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Key facts

Subject area

Entry requirements

This course is suited to those with a good pass in National 5 Maths, and those who have the ability to study Maths at Higher level.

Candidates who have studied Graphic Communication, Engineering Science and/or Physics at National 5 level will benefit from this prior knowledge. Problem solving skills, a good attitude to self-study and the confidence to succeed will also be useful.

You should note that every pupil will be expected to be ready to start class at the given time and adhere to the School Pupils Code of Commitment.

What you will need

You will be required to wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) clothing including a boiler suit, safety glasses and safety footwear, such as boots or shoes with steel toe caps.

For all construction and engineering courses it is necessary to wear PPEYou are not allowed into the workshops without PPE and will be returned to school and marked absent if you arrive without it.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

Progression options to HNC level study may be available to those who only complete one year of the course subject to successful achievement of Higher Maths (grade A or B).

Alternatively, you could pursue opportunities to start a Modern Apprentice.

At University

Those with the qualifications to do so may choose to apply for further study at university level.


Those who successfully complete this course may wish to consider entry-level employment opportunities within the wide-ranging engineering and energy sectors.

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 this is a two year course. However, pupils do have the option to participate in only one of the two years and still achieve the accredited units.  

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.