Skills for Work National 4
Engineering Skills SCQF Level 4

Providing you with an in-depth introduction to some of the primary engineering disciplines.


Why take this course?

Engineering is a well-established industry with a number of qualifications available ranging from National Qualifications and SVQs to university degrees.

This course is a nationally recognised qualification that will give you a broad introduction to engineering, helping you decide which discipline you may be interested in progressing to on leaving school. You will develop essential practical skills in the workshop, as well as skills identified as important by employers – excellent preparation for progressing towards further study or employment. During the course you will:

  • Develop technical knowledge, skills and understanding in Engineering;
  • Develop an awareness of key health and safety issues;
  • Develop and learn to apply practical, technical and communication skills;
  • Develop aspects of the Core Skill of Working with Others;
  • Develop good practice in maintaining a tidy and safe work environment;
  • Be prepared for further learning opportunities, study and training in the field of Engineering.

What you will experience

Teaching will take the form of practical, hands–on activities in a workshop environment, combined with classroom-based theory lessons. Classes will take place in a workshop at the College's Fraserburgh or Aberdeen Altens Campus, or in a school setting.

This course is made up of the following four units:

  1. Mechanical
  2. Electrical & Electronic
  3. Fabrication
  4. Manufacture and Assembly

You will be introduced to workshop safety, the tools and equipment used in the industry and will then progress to the development of basic essential skills required in the industry. The course will also equip you with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision on progression pathways, whilst giving you the opportunity to develop the important employability skills.

You will experience a variety of teaching methods and practical activities, and will be taught in workshops and classrooms at College or in a local school, depending on your location. Throughout the course you will be offered an opportunity to review and identify how your skills are developing. You will be expected to demonstrate:

  • Good time keeping skills;
  • A safe approach to working in a workshop environment;
  • A willingness and commitment to learning and an interest in engineering;
  • A knowledge of appropriate dress, in particular Personal Protective Equipment (PPE);
  • An ability to work independently;
  • Planning and preparation skills;
  • An ability to establish/maintain good working relationships with others;
  • Problem solving skills.

To achieve the full qualification, you must attend regularly and successfully complete all units. Assessment will be based on a range of practical activities in the workshop, and Assessors will watch you undertake various tasks. Please note that you will be expected to demonstrate an awareness of health and safety throughout. The course will show on your final SQA Certificate as a National 5 qualification.

female behind engineering equipment

Key facts

Subject area

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course but pupils should be aware of the need to work at the appropriate level. Applicants may be required to undertake an aptitude test to gain entry.

What you will need

You will be required to wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including safety boots, boiler suit and safety glasses.

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:

  • Be ready to start your class at the given time;
  • Adhere to the School Pupils Code of Commitment.

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

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

Upon successful completion of this course, you could consider Foundation or Modern Apprenticeship opportunities or may be able to progress to a full-time engineering course at North East Scotland College:

At University

Those with the qualifications to do so may choose to apply for further study at university level.


Those who successfully complete this course may wish to consider entry-level employment opportunities within the wide-ranging engineering and energy sectors.

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


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.