Engineering Systems NC Level 6

What is special about this course?

This course aims to give you a thorough grounding in the engineering principles required for entering employment at technician level. This course can also provide a progression route to the HNC Engineering Systems course.

When you apply for this course you will pick to either follow a mechanical or electronic engineering route.

If you are opting to follow the mechanical route the course will develop your skills to prepare you for the servicing and manufacturing industries.

If you are opting for the electronic route, the course will develop your practical applications of electronics in industry. You will also cover the necessary theory in electronic principles and maths.

This course is suitable if you are an existing employee in the engineering and related industries, and can access the programme on a day release basis as part of a modern apprenticeship programme.

Special features:

  • You will gain a range of skills across a range of engineering disciplines
  • You can study full or part time
  • You will gain skills preparing you for employment
  • This qualification can help with gaining a Modern Apprenticeship, and can map partially to elements within the Apprenticeship
  • You will study at our technology centre at the Linkwood campus

Entry requirements

Four National 5s, two at A or B (one of which must be Maths) and two at A - D
satisfactory attainment of a relevant SCQF Level 5 course in a related subject (which included math content at SCQF Level 5)
successful completion of all 10 SQA options within Engineering Performance (SCQF Level 5) programme.

Course content includes:

  • Communication
  • Mathematics: Technician 1
  • Engineering: Applying Information Technology
  • Engineering Systems
  • Mechanical Engineering Principles
  • Electrical Principles
  • Process Measurement and Control: An Introduction
  • Engineering Materials (Mechanical route)
  • Single Phase and Three Phase Principles (Electronic route)

Plus a range of optional units including:

Mechanical route:

  • Computer Aided Draughting (CAD) for Engineers
  • Thermofluids
  • Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Pneumatics and Hydraulics
  • Engineering Dynamics: An Introduction
  • Statics

Electronic route:

  • Computer Aided Draughting (CAD) for Engineers
  • Fundamental Electronics
  • Electronic Test Equipment and Measurement
  • Applications of Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Combinational Logic
  • Sequential Logic


Equipment required includes recommended books, drawing instruments, folders, note books and a calculator.

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as lockdown measures shift over the next few months and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will be delivered mainly online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities, practical sessions and placements will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing.
  • Full Time
  • Part Time

You will learn via face-to-face teaching and lectures, tutorials, practical work, experiments, computer simulations, directed study and VLE.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

(part time - 2 or more years)

Where can I study my course?

    • Moray College UHI
    • Technology Centre

Start date



The good news is that depending on your personal circumstances there are a wide range of bursaries, grants and allowances available to fund your college studies.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of this course you can progress onto HNC CADD or HNC Engineering Systems specialising in either mechanical or electronic engineering.

Alternatively, you can enter employment within the engineering industry.

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I want to start in 2021/22

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Moray College UHI. Moray College 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.