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Engineering Access

(SCQF level 6)

Engineering, Energy & Gas, Nautical and STEM

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Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 1 year


Riverside Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This course gives you the skills you need to study Mechanical Engineering at an advanced level at college or university. You'll study Higher level Maths and Physics, as well as introductory units in Mechanical Engineering.

The Access to Engineering course also covers a range of practical skills such as Communication, ICT, Statics, Dynamics and Thermofluids. In addition, you'll complete a practical Engineering workshop skills unit. So if you're looking to take the first steps to becoming an engineer, this course could be for you. 

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 6. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Three National 5 qualifications at Grade B or above including English, Mathematics and a Science subject; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you'll get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.



ESOL entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

What you study

You'll study:

  • Higher Maths and Higher Physics modules.
  • Mechanical Engineering units such as Thermofluids, Statics and Strength of Materials, Dynamics, Engineering Mathematics and CAD.
  • Core and practical skills in Communication, ICT and Engineering workshop skills.

After the course


Potential employment opportunities in the Engineering and Manufacturing sector upon successful completion.

This course will equip you to study advanced level mechanical engineering. After further study, including completion of an engineering degree, you can expect to enter a Graduate Engineer level position.

Continuing Study

Studying on a SWAP programme ensures that you are prepared for articulating to Higher education. Successful completion of this course allows you to apply to various university undergraduate engineering programs including the Strathclyde University Engineering Academy.

You may also progress to the HND Mechanical Engineering programme at City of Glasgow College. On successful completion, students with Grade B passes meet the entry requirements for progression into third year for some university courses.


How the course is taught

The course is taught on a full-time basis 20 hours per week at our Riverside Campus

Assessment methods

Assessment methods are both formal and practical. Use of summative and formative assessment methods are used throughout the course delivery.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    31st Aug 2020, 1 year
  • Location:
    Riverside Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome