Pre-Apprenticeship Electical Engineering (NQ) @ SCQF Level 5


This is a nationally recognised certificate in electrical engineering. It should be viewed as the first year of a two-year course to allow you to obtain the level 6 National Certificate Program.

If you are looking to be employed within the electrical engineering sector, then this is an excellent starting point as a stepping stone towards being a technician or an electrical apprentice.

Course code



Dumfries Campus


Full Time up to 3 days per week

Entry Requirements

One of the following: 4 National 4s, 4 Standard Grades at 4 or above or 4 Intermediate 1s. Or successful completion of the Introduction to Engineering and Renewable Energy course.

Entry may still be possible for mature students depending on prior skills and knowledge.

You will be required to attend an Information and Interview Session with the course tutor prior to being offered a place on the course and industry accredited.

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

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 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 Information and Interview Session.

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

This course will equip you with electrical engineering and renewable energy skills. You will gain an understanding of how electrical circuits work, the variety of components and systems that you may encounter in the electrical industry together with the practical skills to help you gain work in the electrical, engineering or renewables sector. The course will include a project on domestic renewable systems that will introduce the skills and knowledge of a domestic renewable system.


Assessments can be practical in workshops, reports, e-learning, online as well as written assessment.


This course allows for progression onto the National Certificate in Electrical Engineering at SCQF level 6 or Engineering Systems and Wind Turbine Training NC at SCQF Level 6.

Career Prospects

The course is aimed at providing opportunities for successful candidates to progress into an Electrical Engineering Apprenticeship or other Engineering sectors.

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 is an excellent starting point to gain entry to the electrical engineering sector or to progress to a higher-level course. This course is very popular with local employers who are looking to recruit apprentices.

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