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 choose 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 maintenance, design and manufacturing industries.

If you are opting for the electronic route, the course will develop 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 or 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 maths 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?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From August/September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course.
  • Full Time
  • Part Time

You will learn via face-to-face teaching and lectures, tutorials, practical work, experiments, computer simulations, directed study and our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

How long will my course last?


Full time: 1 year

Part time: 2 or more years

Where can I study my course?

    • Moray College UHI
    • Technology Centre

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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 Computer Aided Draughting and Design or HNC Engineering Systems specialising in either mechanical or electronic engineering.

Alternatively, you can enter employment within the engineering industry.

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