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  • Start date:   August 2024
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 7
  • Course Type:   Full-time


This course is for anyone wanting to pursue a career in engineering at technician or engineer level.

Start date – Aug 2024

End date –  Jun 2025

SCQF Level -  7

Mode –  Full time

Days: TBC
Times: TBC
Duration: 1 year

This course offers students the chance to study engineering subjects from various disciplines, and to explore environmental issues including renewable energy. 

Read about Sharon Crawford's West Lothian College experience here

  • What the course includes

    The course covers: 

    • Electrical engineering 
    • Mechanical engineering 
    • Complete system engineering 
    • Health and safety 
    • Renewable energy system engineering 

Why choose this course

You’ll learn how today's engineering systems work and contribute to modern life through a focus on practical applications. Engineers are often expected to know about all aspects of an engineering system (mechanical, electrical and so on) and this course offers the mix of skills that many employers and companies want. 

You also get the chance to study at college as an associate of Edinburgh Napier University and so guarantee your place at university in either second on various degree courses depending on course results and graded. 

Entry requirements

  • NC in a suitable subject or two SQA Highers, preferably in related subjects OR
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in a related subject 
  • Applicants with only mathematics or physics Highers may also apply 

We welcome applications from mature students with other qualifications or experience 

If English is not your first language, ESOL Level 5 is an entry requirement for this course.

Progressing students will learn from their course tutor is they require to attend a Bridge to Engineering course on the week of 10th-13th June full-time.

Direct entry students will undergo an aptitude test and will learn during interview if they require to attend a Bridge to Engineering course on the week of 10th-13th June full-time.

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    Where it leads

    Education: HND; degree-level of study. You may be able to gain direct entry to year 3 of a degree course once you complete your HND. 

    Previous students have progressed onto further study at Heriot-Watt and Strathclyde University, studying Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

    Employment: apprenticeship to qualify at technician level; foundation for engineering and technical jobs, including design, manufacture, servicing, maintaining and testing complex engineering systems.  

Interview arrangements

If we invite you for interview, plan to be in college for around two to three hours- bring evidence of any qualifications stated on your application form.

HNC applicants only: we will ask you to complete an aptitude test with questions testing some standard mathematics and English skills.

For all applicants, the interview will involve:

  • Interview with two members of the engineering team (10 minutes)- they will ask you about your interests and why you want to study engineering

Fees, Finance & Funding

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds. Click here to find out more. 

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Take that next step in your career and apply for this course today. If the course is not yet open for applications, feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.