SfW: Energy (National 5)


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Learners will explore a variety and range of industries and career opportunities which exist within the energy sector. Learners will become familiar with key words and terms used in the sector, and will develop an awareness of the impact of the energy sector on the environment and individual lives. Personal development of employability skills will be the main focus across the course with each unit aiming to enhance such skills. The development of teamwork and practical skills and carrying out test procedures are also given high profile.  

This course is intended to equip learners with the necessary knowledge and skills which will enhance their prospects for employment in the wide range of opportunities within energy sectors. The course will allow learners to develop a range of employability skills which are of particular relevance to energy industries. Core Skills of Information and Communication Technology and Problem Solving will also be developed throughout the course where opportunities arise. The course will offer a variety of approaches to learning and teaching and will include a strong element of experiential learning. It is intended that some of the course will be delivered and assessed in a different learning environment to that of the school through a partnership arrangement with a college.


Level SCQF 5

Delivery Fully Face-to-Face | Thursday

Location Golspie High School

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

Duration 1 Year


Course content...

Energy: An Introduction — Mandatory
The aim of the unit is to provide learners with an overview of where we get our energy from, the engineering systems that convert it into a more convenient form, and the energy conversion processes that take place from fuel being input to energy being generated. It gives a broad overview of traditional and renewable energy systems, energy conservation and includes an evaluation of an industrial or domestic energy generation facility. Investigation and presentation skills are developed in this unit.  

Energy: Domestic Solar Hot Water Systems — Mandatory
The unit introduces a microgeneration system which generates heat from solar energy and transfers this heat energy to a heat exchanger and on to other appliances, eg hot water tank or under-floor heating system suitable for use in a domestic or small scale industrial building. This is a practical skills based unit which gives students the practical skills to manufacture some of the parts and assemble a small solar hot water panel through team working which is seen as an essential element in this unit.  

Energy: Domestic Wind Turbine Systems — Mandatory
This unit introduces residential or microgeneration wind turbine systems which generate electrical energy. This is a practical skills based unit which will give students the ability to wire up an electrical circuit, manufacture parts, assemble, and test a small scale wind turbine. The learners will use prepared components to build the turbine. Team working is seen as an essential element in this unit.  

Energy: Employability and Careers — Mandatory
Learners will review their performance in the employability skills undertaken in significant practical activities in the units throughout the course and evaluate their own strengths and weaknesses. It will also involve students investigating careers and job roles within the energy sector.  

Energy and the Individual 
Learners will investigate the energy they use over an average year. This will include producing their own carbon footprint. From the data gained, they will review and evaluate their lifestyles to try and reduce the energy they consume and thereby reduce the size of their carbon emissions/footprint. Presentation skills will also be developed in this unit.  

Where you can go... 

This course or its units may provide progression to:

  • SVQ’s and National Certificate programmes in Further Education
  • Training/employment
  • HNC in Engineering Systems

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/Energy sector.