Engineering Systems NC Level 6

What is special about this course?

This course has been designed to give you a thorough grounding in the engineering principles and is ideal if you would like to pursue a career at technician level, or if you would like to progress to a HNC Engineering Systems course.

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

  • The mechanical route will develop your skills to prepare you for the maintenance, design and manufacturing industries.
  • The electronic route will develop practical applications of electronics in industry. You will also cover the necessary theory in electronic principles and maths. 

If you are an existing employee in the engineering and related industries, you can access the programme on a day release basis or as part of a modern apprenticeship programme.

Special features:

  • You will gain a variety of skills across a range of engineering disciplines
  • You can choose to study this course full or part time
  • You will study at our Linkwood Technology Centre campus
  • This qualification can help with gaining a Modern Apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

  • National 5s at BBDD* (one of which must be Maths at B) OR
  • A relevant SCQF Level 5 qualification which included maths content OR
  • Successful completion of Engineering Performance (SCQF Level 5) to include Maths Craft 2.

* National 5 Applications of Maths is not suitable for entry.

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?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

This is a practical based course with face-to-face classes on campus supplemented with 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?

    • UHI Moray
    • Technology Centre

Start date



Normally, if you are studying full time for the first time and are Ordinarily Resident in Scotland your course fees will be covered through the information you provide on your course application.

If you are studying part time and are on low income or in receipt of certain benefits your course fees may be covered by a fee waiver.

If you are not Ordinarily Resident in Scotland, you may need to pay course fees.

Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

Course fees 2023/24*


Rest of UK


Further Education - Full time




Further Education - Part time (per single credit unit)




Further Education - Part time (structured 6 credits)




* Fees for 2024/25 are still to be confirmed.


Our Student Finance Advisers can advise you on all aspects of student funding. The support available depends upon your personal circumstances.

Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

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
  • Progress onto HNC Engineering Systems specialising in either mechanical or electronic engineering
  • Enter employment within the engineering industry.

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