Mechanical Engineering


City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus

Glasgow Kelvin College, Springburn Campus


SCQF Level 6


Year 1
Tuesday and Thursday afternoon 1.30pm – 4.00pm
Plus 4 week block in June (Mon – Fri 9.30am – 4.00pm)

Year 2
Tuesday 1.30pm – 4.00pm and Thursday 9.30am – 4.30pm (shared between college and work placement)
(*May be subject to change)

Course Outline Entry Requirements Course Content Progression

Course Outline

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 into 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.

Entry Requirements

Candidates intending to leave school at the end of S6 with minimum of one or more Highers. Essential criteria as follows:
• Achieved or working towards Higher Maths, Physics or Chemistry (A-C) by end of S6

Course Content

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


• Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering Disciplines
• HNC/D in Engineering related subjects
• University
• Graduate apprenticeship