Engineers bring ideas to life. They design, create, test and improve all sorts of products and processes.

From James Watt’s steam engine to Andy Scott’s Kelpies, Scotland is great at engineering. It’s an industry offering careers in a range of sectors including space, aviation, transport, medicine, technology and fashion. You could become an aerospace engineer, chemical engineer, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer or naval architect.

You won’t always be sitting at a desk and could be working in a laboratory, at sea, underground or a recording studio. And, there’s a huge demand for new engineers. Companies are projected to need 182,000 people with engineering skills each year to 2022 in the UK. There’s never been a better time to start your engineering career.

What will I learn?
The topics you learn as part of your National Certificate will depend on the area of engineering you choose to study. These include:

  • Engineering Systems
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Fabrication and Welding Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Measurement and Control Engineering

To achieve your SVQ units, you’ll be assessed as part of your work placement. You’ll learn how to comply with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements, use and interpret engineering data and documentation and work efficiently and effectively in engineering.

Your Foundation Apprenticeship will also help you to develop core skills valued by employers, particularly communication, problem solving, working with others and time management. These transferable skills are necessary and highly desirable for working in a range of other related jobs.

Entry requirements:
This programme is designed for pupils starting their S5 year working towards National 5 Mathematics and Physics and can demonstrate their ability to work at Level 6 Mathematics and beyond. All applicants must have a good level of written and spoken English and demonstrate a real interest in engineering.


Key info

Over 2 years (5th & 6th year)
Starts: May 2020
Ends: April 2022 
Kingsway Campus: Year 1: Mon & Wed 2-5pm | Year 2: 2 days in placement
Arbroath Campus: Year 1: Tues 9am-4pm | Year 2: Tues & Fri 9am-4pm

Find out more about what the college is offering by contacting our Academic Partnerships Team at or 01382 834847

You can also speak to your school Guidance Teacher (Dundee schools) or Pupil Care and Support Teacher (Angus schools).