This course involves an additional SQA fee. Please see our Courses Explained page for further information on costs.
Introduction (SCQF Level 7)
40 Hours over 6 Months
Quality systems are used in all organisations. This Unit will give you an insight into how quality is integral in meeting customer requirements for all products and services, and will allow you to distinguish between different quality approaches. You will also be provided with the opportunity to examine different quality control techniques and analyse quality costs.
The Unit has been written as an overview of quality, applied in the context of your own working environment. It is a mandatory Unit within the HNC/HND Mechanical Engineering Group Award, but can also be part of another Group Award or taken as a single HN Unit. On successful completion, you should possess the knowledge and understanding to enable you to:
Credit points and level: 1 HN credit at SCQF level 7: (8 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 7)
You will be introduced to the fundamental principles of quality assurance and quality control and how these apply to BS EN ISO 9001. You will also learn how these principles are applied in practice when an organisation applies for accreditation to BS EN ISO 9001. The steps taken, timelines and how a quality system is built up will show you how an organisation creates a quality system which develops into the kind of culture that is necessary in modern industry.
Once you are familiar with the fundamentals of quality, you will learn different methods of controlling a process and how to gather information and data to help you with this. You will learn several methods of gathering data and how best to interpret that data and also how the different methods are applicable to different situations and organisations. As you progress you will be introduced to statistical process control and its uses in processes. Finally you will learn about quality costs, how to interpret and evaluate them, how to categorise them and show them in a way which is easily understood.
Outcomes 1 and 3 are assessed by a single assessment paper, based on an explanation of quality control and quality assurance principles and the application of total quality management (TQM) principles in the workplace. The assessment will be conducted under controlled, supervised conditions. Outcome 2 is assessed via a case study of a new company setting up quality systems and applying to achieve ISO 9001. Outcome 4 is also assessed via case study, and will take place under controlled, supervised conditions. Your evidence of understanding should take the form of graphs and charts, as well as a written report evaluating the cost trends shown in the graphs/charts.
It would be an beneficial to have experience of industrial organisations and/or quality assurance systems.
“I was advised that the best course to get me started was the Performing Engineering Operations Level 2 – Electrical. 80% of it is based in the workshop learning practical skills – and this is how I learn.”
“My experience in the power generation and LNG industries show how transferrable a qualification an HNC in Engineering can be.”
“I’m really enjoying my new role and I’m glad I have my qualifications behind me. They have set me up for an engineering career which will allow me to work and live in different places.”
“Being able to work while having the opportunity to learn practical skills is great and I would highly recommend it to others.”
“I could never have imagined when I was studying back in Aberdeen that I would one day be working in the motorsport industry for Formula 1.”
“I think more women should consider studying engineering, it’s a career that can take you anywhere you want to go and is not limited to oil and gas.”
“During my apprenticeship I’ve been involved a lot in domestic properties – rewiring houses, kitchens, bathrooms and full rewires of new houses plus some small industrial work as well. it’s been a lot of fun and I’ve learnt a lot of new things.”
“I look to get my Crane Op tickets which will make me the first female Crane Operator in the North Sea.”
“It’s given me a recognised qualification for progressing my career in the industry.”
“Studying at NESCol definitely helped me get my job – every day I put into practice things I learned at college.”
Please Note: Distance learning courses have flexible start dates and applications will be considered at all points of the year.
For non-Scottish residents – the College will confirm fees payable for your chosen course on booking and these may differ from the advertised fee
If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website: nescol.ac.uk, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.
Here are some courses you may also be interested in.