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  • Start date:   August 2022
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 6
  • Course Type:   Full-time


This course introduces students to the basic principles of mechanical engineering. from the study of moving bodies, including fluids, to the effects of pressure, temperature and force and how different materials affect how systems perform. It gives you the knowledge and understanding for further study at HNC, HND and degree levels.

Bruce Duffy's West Lothian College  journey led him on the path to employment. Read more here

Read about Mark McGovern's West Lothian College experience here


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    What the course includes

    The course incudes:

    • Dynamics
    • Statics
    • Thermofluids
    • Material science
    • Mathematics, IT and communications
about us

Why choose this course

You will be able to apply for jobs in the mechanical engineering environment, an apprenticeship, or study mechanical engineering at FE, HE or degree levels. It covers a third of what is needed for the Modern Apprenticeship in mechanical engineering.

Entry requirements

  • Mathematics at Intermediate 2/National 5 level
  • Qualifications in technology or physics-based subjects are also desirable
  • NC engineering qualification at level 5

We welcome mature applicants without the minimum requirements.

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

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    Where it leads

    Education: HNC/D and degree-level courses. Former students have progressed onto further study at Heriot-Watt and Strathclyde University 

    Employment: equips students with a major requirement of the Modern Apprenticeship in mechanical engineering, giving those who complete the programme successfully an advantage in securing an apprenticeship and then full-time employment.

    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 three hours. Bring evidence of any qualifications stated on your application form.

The interview involves

  • Individual interview with the tutor and lecturer for your chosen course and another member of staff: timeslots will be allocated on the day (around 20 minutes). We will ask you about your interest in mechanical engineering and why you want to study it (it will help your application if you have prepared for this)
  • Three short written tests of numeracy and literacy, and other questions

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.