Introduction to Engineering and Renewable Energy (NQ) @ SCQF Level 4

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This is a broad-based engineering course that covers all areas of engineering. The course contains units on Electrical Engineering, Motor Vehicle, Fabrication and Welding & Mechanical Engineering as well as a project on Renewable Engineering. This will give the learner the opportunity to access a wide variety of subjects and complete practical tasks in all areas. It will enable the learner to fully embrace engineering skills that are found in modern industry and feel confident in helping with career path development.
This programme will develop your skills confidence and awareness of engineering practices and skills. It will also aim to develop your study skills as a learner.

This course will give the learner the opportunity to access a wide variety of courses. It will enable the learner to fully embrace engineering skills that are currently found in the industry.

Course code



Dumfries Campus


Attendance: Full Time up to 2.5 days per week over 36 weeks

Entry Requirements

No formal qualifications are required, however, evidence that you can work at National 3/4 level is desirable. An evident interest in developing practical skills in the field of engineering will be explored during your Information & Interview session.

If you are currently studying at the College, you will also require a positive Progressing Learner Reference.

You will be provided with and are responsible for wearing all provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) safety footwear is compulsory within our workshops.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application you will be asked to attend an informal information and interview session. This may be in person, virtual either through TEAMS or by phone but remember to make sure to answer the Supporting Information questions on the application form with as much detail as possible. This will demonstrate your commitment to the course.

This is a key aspect of the application process. You must confirm your attendance should you be offered an appointment.

During the information and interview session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and the level of course you have applied for. It is therefore important that you prepare well for this.

Course Content

The course has been designed to give the student hands-on experience of the main areas of engineering such as Motor Vehicle, Electrical, Fabrication and Welding, Mechanical Engineering and will also have Renewable content leading to a Renewable Energy project.

All subjects are concerned with learning the skills within each area and transferring knowledge and understanding between the engineering disciplines being taught.

A project involving all areas except motor vehicle will be utilised to give a practical example of the knowledge transfer. Motor vehicle will have a stand-alone project.


Assessment will be mainly through practical exercises and skills although some online assessment, project work and portfolio work will be completed.


The routes that a successful student can take are to enter any of engineering areas offered within the course at the next level of course available.

Career Prospects

While the course is designed to lead into one of the engineering courses at a higher level within the college, it may be possible for successful candidates to gain employment within an engineering discipline at apprentice level directly from this programme.

Additional funding information

You may be eligible for Bursary/EMA funding for this course, please contact a member of the student funding team for details.

Selling Points

This will be a very enjoyable practical based course covering all areas of engineering and will allow candidates to sample practical exercises in all areas and will hopefully influence the candidates preffered career path for their future,

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