Engineering Skills (SfW) National 4

What is special about this course?

The aims of this course in engineering skills are to:

  • encourage candidates to consider a career in the engineering industry
  • develop an awareness of the opportunities there may be within engineering in terms of the types and range of career options
  • give candidates the technical knowledge, skills and understanding associated with a range of skills in engineering at this level
  • develop an awareness that health and safety issues are integral to the world of work generally and engineering in particular.

This course concentrates on the development of basic hand skills required in the Mechanical, Electrical/Electronic, Fabrication and Manufacture & Assembly work areas. While undertaking tasks the candidate will learn general employability skills which are expected by employers within the engineering sector.

Entry requirements

Entry is at the discretion of the college and candidates will be interviewed prior ot acceptance on the course.

Candidates are expected to have an interest in engineering, an ability to work at numeracy and literacy level SCQF 3 together with some aptitude for graphical forms of communication.

The course comprises four mandatory units as follows:

Engineering Skills: Mechanical (1 credit)

During this unit the candidate develops skills in the selection of the correct tools and materials required to safely manufacture an artefact. This will also include reading simple engineering drawings, measuring and marking, selecting appropriate materials and work to specified tolerances.

Engineering Skills: Fabrication (1 credit)

This unit covers the selection of correct tools, materials and equipment required to manufacture an artefact using cutting, hot and cold forming and mechanical and thermal joining techniques.

Engineering Skills: Electrical/Electronic  (1 credit)

Candidates will select the correct tools and components required to construct a basis functional extra low voltage electrical/electronic circuit from a given diagram and specification.

Engineering Skills: Manufacture and Assembly  (1 credit)

This is the last unit of the course in which the candidate will select and safely use the correct tools and materials to manufacture, assemble and complete functionally tests on an artefact. Candidates will evaluate and report their findings on the manufacture, assembly and functionality tests of the artefact.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Skills for Work

This practical course is delivered face to face in the college's engineering workshops, external workshops or school technical rooms, depending on location.

How long will my course last?

1 or 2 academic years

Where can I study my course?

Start date

Please contact your local centre for more information on start date.


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Successful candidates may progress to the Skills for Work Engineering programme at National 5 level, or the full time SVQ 2 Performing Engineering Operations course at Argyll College UHI.

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Apply for Engineering Skills (SfW) National 4

To enrol, or for further information on this course, please contact your local Argyll College Centre

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Argyll College UHI. Argyll College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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