SfW: Engineering Skills National 4 SCQF 4


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This course comprises of four units. The content of the course focuses on the development of basic hand skills across the disciplines of mechanical, electrical/electronic, fabrication and manufacture and assembly. Central to the content are the generic employability skills valued by employers in an engineering sector. These skills are developed in each of the four units and are assessed at least twice during the course. These add value to the development of the specific vocational skills.


Level SCQF 4

Delivery Fully Face-to-Face | Friday


Location UHI North Highland Thurso Campus

Attend timetabled classes at college or your school for all learning and assessments

Duration 1 Year


Course content...

Engineering Skills: Mechanical (National 4)

Learners are required to select the correct tools and materials required to safely manufacture an artefact. During the manufacture, learners will read simple engineering drawings, measure and mark, select appropriate materials and work to specified tolerances.

Engineering Skills: Electrical/Electronic
(National 4) 

In this unit learners will select the correct tools and components required to construct a basic functional extra low voltage electrical/electronic circuit from a given diagram and specification.

Engineering Skills: Fabrication (National 4)

In this unit learners will select the correct tools, materials and equipment required to manufacture an artefact using cutting, hot and cold forming and mechanical and thermal joining techniques.

Engineering Skills: Manufacture and Assembly (National 4) 

Learners will select and safely use the correct tools and materials to manufacture, assemble and complete functionality tests on an artefact. Learners will evaluate and report their findings on the manufacture, assembly and functionality tests of the artefact.

Course content – Practical v theory  

Practical = 90%  

Theory = 10%  

Where you can go... 

This course or its components may provide progression to:  

  • Scottish Progression Award in Engineering Skills (National 5)  
  • SVQs and Modern Apprenticeships in Engineering areas  
  • relevant programmes in further education colleges  
  • suitable training/employment  

Entry requirements

Pupils will need to have achieved or be working towards minimum National 4 in Maths and English. 

A technical subject would be advantageous and an interest in the subject area would also be required to be demonstrated during the application.