Engineering - Foundation Apprenticeship


Course Information
SCQF Level 6
Course Summary

Foundation Apprenticeships are a new opportunity being offered to pupils in the senior phase of secondary school. Pupils are given the opportunity to complete the first stages of a Modern Apprenticeship along with traditional subjects such as Maths, English and a technical subject such as Physics and/or Engineering Science.

The Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) in Engineering provides candidates with the opportunity to achieve component parts of Engineering Modern Apprenticeships; whilst also studying a course recognised as equivalent to Highers.

Starting in S5 Students will also complete a placement or industry challenge with a local employer while working towards the qualification through school and college. Supported by school, learners will attend college for 2 years; a minimum of one day per week in year 1 and 2 days in year 2. Additional periods of personal study will also be required, along with possible periods of block attendance.

This FA will introduce the skills necessary for the modern professional Engineering Technician and provide an insight to the many career options available.

Course Content

This course is made up 2 components:

1 National Certificate (NC) in Engineering Systems at SCQF Level 6. 12 units must be achieved in order to gain the full NC award, these units may include:

 Communications F3GB 12
 Mathematics for Technicians F3HX 12
 Engineering: Applying IT F5D4 12
 Engineering Materials F5KD 12
 Engineering Systems F5FN 12
 Mechanical Principles F6X7 12
 Electrical Principles F5HL 12
 Process Chemistry: An Introduction F6X9 12
 CAD for Engineers F5H5 12
 Health and Safety: Engineering F5DG 11
 Engineering Dynamics: An Introduction F5K6 12
 Electrical Testing and Measurement F5HN 12

2 Minimum of 5 SVQ Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations Units 3 mandatory and 2 optional units:

 Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements.
 Working Efficiently and Effectively in Engineering.
 Using and Communicating Technical Information.

The optional units will include 2 of the following skills, to be determined by the college:

 Milling.
 Turning.
 Welding.
 Handskills.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have or be working towards National 5 Maths and Engineering Science in S5 with a view to undertaking Highers in the associated subjects in S6.

Course Progression

 Modern Apprenticeship.
 HNC/D Engineering Systems.
 BEng(Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering or BEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering*.
 Work.


1 day per week over 2 academic years. Work placements will take place over the school holiday periods.

August 2017.



*In conjunction with other relevant Highers at specified grades as per prospectus.