Mechanical Engineering: Foundation Apprenticeship

Electrical Engineering Students working with equipment
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Study Mode
Part Time

2 Academic Years

Start date
Aug 2023
Applications open January 2024

Course overview

Please note, Foundation Apprenticeships are only available to school students in either S5 or S6. Do not apply if you do not meet these criteria.

Engineering is a challenging, exciting and rewarding career that presents a wealth of opportunities for Scotland’s young people to enter a diverse and often unique field of work including research, design and development and manufacturing. The sector continues to expand and grow and the Scottish Government recognises the sector as one of the key economic priority areas for investment.

It is estimated that 55% of the workforce in the sectors in Scotland are employed in direct technical roles such as engineers, scientists and technologists.

The Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) in Engineering aims to give pupils the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to enter a career in Engineering and the Advanced Manufacturing sector and other Engineering related industries. The programme is designed to provide participants with theory, practice and related work experience. Participation will see pupils gaining a minimum credit value of 50 SCQF credits at SCQF level 6. The FA in Engineering is aimed at pupils in S5 and S6 and will take 2 years to complete.

What you will learn

National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering

  • Communication
  • Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) for Engineers
  • Engineering Dynamics
  • Engineering Dynamics: An Introduction
  • Engineering Materials
  • Engineering Quality: An Introduction
  • Engineering: Applying Information Technology
  • External Work Placement
  • Graphical Engineering Communication
  • Guidance engineering
  • Mathematics: Technician 1
  • Pneumatics and Hydraulics
  • Statics
  • Thermofluids
  • SVQ in Performing Engineering Operations (Part of)
  • Preparing and Using Lathes for Turning Operation
  • Producing Components Using Hand Fitting Techniques
  • Using and Communicating Technical Information
  • Working Efficiently and Effectively in Engineering
  • Working Safely in an Engineering Environment

I enjoy all the hands on experience in the workshop, and the college environment is better than school because it gives me a different perspective on education.

Mirrin Scott Foundation Apprentice

Entry requirements

Candidates intending to leave school at the end of S6 with minimum of one or more Highers and Nat 5’s. Essential criteria as follows: Achieved or working towards Higher Maths (A-C) by end of S6. Students should ideally be studying another science-based subject at Higher Level.

Future prospects

Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering Disciplines

  • HNC/D in Mechanical Engineering/ Engineering related subjects
  • University
  • Graduate Apprenticeship

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