Foundation Apprenticeship (SCQF Level 6)


  • 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:

  • Aerospace & Avionics Engineering, Design Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Health & Safety Engineering
  • Instrumentation & Control Systems Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marine Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Petroleum
  • Oil & Gas Engineering
  • Power Engineering
  • Production Engineering
  • Project Management Engineering
  • Quality Engineering
  • Research & Development Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Telecoms
  • Digital Comms & Networks Engineering
  • Test Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering.

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What you will experience

The Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering will commence at the start of S5 and continue through to the end of S6. Opportunities to engage with industry partners will be made available during the course. In S5 you will attend a College delivered course, either in College or school for the equivalent of one day per week and work towards gaining units for a National Certificate at SCQF Level 6 in Mechanical Engineering and participate in work related learning within the SVQ Performing Engineering Operations Level 2 (PEO 2). In S6 you will attend for the equivalent of two days per week and complete the National Certificate SCQF Level 6 in Mechanical Engineering.

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 complete five units within the SVQ Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) at SCQF Level 5 framework. In addition, during year 2 of the programme you will also undertake work–based learning, where you will particpate in work based learning with an industry partner. During that time you will develop essential skills for the workplace.