Access to
Engineering (SWAP) SCQF Level 6

This course will develop your theoretical knowledge by delivering a detailed introduction to mechanical engineering principles.


Why take this course?

This course will equip you with sufficient knowledge and skills to provide the opportunity to progress to Higher National (HN) or degree programmes in Mechanical Engineering. It will also develop study and transferable skills which will be applicable to future work and study in a range of environments.

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What you will experience

The course is based on knowledge and skills relating to specific mechanical engineering principles including dynamics, hydraulics, pneumatics, thermofluids and engineering materials. In addition, it will develop fundamental transferable skills in IT, communication and mathematics.

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Key facts

Mode of study
Subject area

Entry requirements

Applicants should have not previously studied beyond SCQF level 5 and been out of full-time education for at least 3 years. The Ccollege would prefer all applicants to have at least a B Grade in National 5 Mathematics.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you will need

You will require a good scientific calculator​.

What you need to know

Additional costs

Participants are required to provide PPE (personal protective equipment) for workshop units.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following course at North East Scotland College:

At University

Successful completion of this course will allow you to apply for a wide range of degree programmes at a number of partner universities — visit the SWAP website for more information. Partner universities include:


Employment opportunities include mechanical engineering technician in a range of industries.

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


This course is currently unavailable. Please contact the Student Advice Centre for more information.

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.