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  • Start date:   August 2023
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 8
  • Course Type:   Full-time


Please be aware this course is now full. Alternatively, you can explore other courses on our website or email if you wish to speak to a member of staff.

This course is intended for those wishing to pursue a career in engineering at more advanced technician or engineer level. The course offers students the chance to study a wide range of engineering subjects from various disciplines.

Read about Andrew Mitchell's West Lothian College experience here

  • Engineering

    What the course includes

    The course includes:

    • Engineering measurement and systems monitoring
    • Mathematics for engineering 3
    • Safety engineering and the environment
    • Engineering systems: graded unit 2
    • Principles of safe engineering systems
    • Design for manufacture
    • Engineering systems analysis: system modelling and control
    • Project management
    • Business awareness

Why choose this course

You will have the chance to study at college as an associate of Edinburgh Napier University. Once you complete your HND, you can move directly into year 3 at university, thus gaining a degree in less than a year. There are many possibilities after this such as work in design, manufacturing, a support role such as quality control, and management.

Entry requirements

  • HNC in engineering systems, electrical engineering or mechanical engineering

We welcome mature applicants with relevant experience.

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

  • Engineering 1

    Where it leads

    Education: progression to degree-level study with the opportunity of direct entry on to Edinburgh Napier University engineering degree courses.

    Employment: apprenticeship at technician level; engineering and technical-type jobs, from design and manufacture to servicing, maintenance and testing of complex engineering systems and more.

    Past students have found employment with companies such as Screwfix, West Lothian Council and Plexus.

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

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.