Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering NC Level 6

What is special about this course?

Engineers bring ideas to life. They design, create, test and improve all sorts of products and processes. It’s an industry that offers careers in a range of sectors including space, aviation, transport, medicine and technology. You won’t always be sitting at a desk and could be working in a laboratory, at sea, underground or in a processing plant. This course is not about Automotive e.g. engines and how to fix them and is mainly academic and not craft skills.

Entry requirements

You should be working towards Higher maths alongside your apprenticeship and studying a science or technology subject would also be an advantage. You will be invited for an interview.

The senior phase programme offered at UHI Argyll is embedded in your option choices at school, so you’ll see these college courses on your options form. Once you have decided on the course you would like to apply for, please speak to your Guidance Teacher. Carefully complete the application form ensuring you complete all sections. In most circumstances you will be invited to attend an interview which will be used to help us decide whether you should be offered a place. Interviews will be arranged through your school.

Remember, each course has a limited number of places available so it’s important to submit a strong application. If you’d like more information or have particular questions about this course, please contact your local Learning Centre:

At the end of this course you will have gained a National Certificate (NC) in Engineering Systems at SCQF Level 6 and five units from the SVQ in Performing Engineering Operations at SCQF Level 5. For the National Certificate (NC) in Engineering Systems at SCQF Level 6, you will undertake 12 units which must be achieved in order to gain the full NC award, these units may include:

  • Communications
  • Mathematics for Technicians
  • Engineering: Applying IT
  • Engineering Materials
  • Engineering Systems
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Electrical Principles
  • Plant Maintenance Practice
  • CAD for Engineers
  • Health and Safety: Engineering
  • Engineering Dynamics: An Introduction
  • Electrical Testing and Measurement

You will also complete 5 units from SVQ Performing Engineering Operations at SCQF Level 5:

  • Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements
  • Working Efficiently and Effectively in Engineering
  • Using and Communicating Technical Information
  • Producing Components Using Hand Fitting Techniques
  • Maintaining Mechanical Devices and Equipment

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Skills for Work

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Argyll

Start date

In most schools this course will start in June.


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


This course is part of our schools-link programme and as such fees will be paid.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Successful completion of the Foundation Apprenticeship could provide progression to:

  • Advanced Entry to Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering (SCQF Level 6)
  • HNC and HND Engineering Systems
  • BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

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This course is part of our schools-link senior phase programme and is embedded in your option choices at school. If this course is offered by your school speak to your Guidance Teacher and request an application form.

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Argyll. UHI Argyll 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.