STEM College Certificate SCQF Level 4

Participate in a multi-disciplinary course that will provide you with a practical introduction to Automotive, Construction and Engineering.


Why take this course?

This course is aimed at pupils who are interested in working in the construction, automotive or engineering industries, and recognises that many will not have the experience or the knowledge of the different trades to be able to make an informed choice about which area they would like to apply to with a view to College courses or to employment. Because of this, the course involves a number of short units across a wide range of disciplines. This allows pupils to try out and have a go at developing their skills, perhaps finding one for which they have a particular interest or aptitude.

The skills developed will allow you to consider undertaking additional training/qualifications when you leave school, or consider suitable employment via a Modern Apprenticeship programme. During the course you will:

  • Develop technical knowledge, skills and understanding associated with a range of craft skills in construction and engineering;
  • Develop an awareness of health and safety issues in construction and engineering;
  • Be encouraged to develop a positive attitude to environmental issues;
  • Develop and learn to apply practical, technical and communication skills as a basis for future learning and progression;
  • Develop employment skills which can assist with finding a job in the future.

What you will experience

Teaching will take the form of practical, hands–on activities in a workshop environment. Most classes will take place in a workshop at the College's Fraserburgh or Aberdeen Altens Campus. The courses will vary slightly in the two campuses depending on which crafts/skills are available.

The courses are expected to include seven to ten different disciplines. These may include: Automotive Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Construction (e.g. Bricklaying, Carpentry & Joinery, Painting and Decorating, Plumbing).

Throughout the course you will be offered an opportunity to review and identify how your skills are developing. You will be expected to demonstrate:

  • An interest in the Construction and Engineering industries
  • Good time keeping skills
  • A willingness and commitment to learning
  • A knowledge of appropriate dress, in particular Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Planning and preparation skills
  • An ability to establish/maintain good working relationships with other
  • Problem solving skills

You will be expected to attend regularly and take an active part in all the activities.

Pupils will be awarded a College Certificate for each successfully completed unit. There is no group award attached to this course.

lecturer working with students in a workshop

Key facts

Entry requirements

There are no particular entry requirements but a commitment to participate in all elements of the course will be expected.

What you will need

You will be required to wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) clothing, including a boiler suit, safety glasses and safety footwear, such as boots or shoes with steel toe caps.

For all construction and engineering courses it is necessary to wear PPE. You are not allowed into the workshops without PPE and will be returned to school and marked absent if you arrive without it.

What you need to know

Anything else?

Whilst you are taking part in the course you will be required to:

  • Always be ready to start your class at the given time;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to learning and self-study;
  • Adhere to the School Pupils Code of Commitment.

Eating and drinking are not permitted in workshops and classrooms. Drinking water is available from water dispensers in the corridors within the College buildings.

Next steps


On successful completion of this course you could progress to various Level 4 and Level 5 full-time courses at College in engineering or construction, or should you decide to continue at school, you will be eligible for entry to one of the associated, certificated School College Links courses.


Those who wish to progress directly to employment after completion of this course may find entry-level opportunities are available within associated sectors.


Please note that courses are subject to minimum viability levels. In the event of insufficient numbers of applications, courses may be withdrawn from the programme. Certain courses are arranged with schools working in a consortium arrangement – in such cases, pupils from consortium schools will be given priority in the allocation of places.