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  • Start date:   August 2024
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 7
  • Course Type:   Part-time (Day release)


This course is for anyone wanting to pursue a career in engineering at technician or engineer level. The course offers students the chance to study engineering subjects from various disciplines, and to explore environmental issues including renewable energy.

Read about Gordon Paterson'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 or third year on various degree courses.

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.

  • 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.

    Past students have progressed onto further study at Heriot-Watt and Strathclyde University (Electrical Engineering, 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. 

    Past students have found employment with companies such as Screwfix and O2

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). We will ask you about your interests and why you want to study engineering
  • You giving a three-minute minute presentation to the staff on the ‘Importance of communication in engineering’. This should include your understanding of the relevance of good engineering communication, what it is and why it is essential for a career in this area. You may want to begin by exploring the communication skills which you think an engineer should have. You can use Microsoft PowerPoint and bring the presentation on a memory stick on the day
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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.