SfW: Engineering Skills National 5 SCQF 5


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Applications are now closed for this course.


This course comprises four units. The content of the course focuses on the development of basic hand skills across the disciplines of mechanical, fabrication, electrical, electronic, maintenance, and manufacture. 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.


Level SCQF 5

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 and Fabrication (National 5)

During the manufacture, learners will read simple engineering drawings, measure and mark, select appropriate materials, and work to specified tolerances. The learner will also develop and use basic engineering skills of cutting, shaping, drilling, tapping, forming, and joining.

Engineering Skills: Electrical and Electronic (National 5)

Learners will select the correct tools and components required to construct a basic functional extra low voltage electrical circuit and an electronic circuit from a given diagram and specification. The unit is suitable for learners with no previous electrical, electronic, or employment experience.

Engineering Skills: Maintenance (National 5)

Learners will select the correct tools, materials and equipment required to test, disassemble, repair, and assemble an engineering part.

Engineering Skills: Design and Manufacture (National 5)

Learners will develop Computer Aided Draughting skills. They will select and use the correct tools and materials required to design, manufacture/construct, test, evaluate, and report their findings on the manufacture/construction of a project.

Where you can go... 

This course or its units may provide progression to:

  • SVQs and Modern Apprenticeships in Engineering areas
  • relevant programmes in further education colleges
  • suitable training/employment

Entry requirements

Entry is at the discretion of the centre but, while no formal entry qualifications are required, it would be beneficial if learners embarking on the course were:   

  • Candidates to be studying National 5’s in Maths, English and a technical or science subject.   
  • Completion of national 4 Engineering Skills would be advantageous.   
  • Good application highlighting their interest in the Engineering sector.