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Engineering Access

(SCQF level 6)

Engineering, Energy & Gas, Nautical and STEM

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Mode of Study


Start Date

30th Aug 2021, 1 year


Riverside Campus

  • Applications from International Students Welcome
  • Overview

    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 is intended for mature students returning to education with the aspiration of studying at degree level.

    The course covers a range of metaskills and theoretical subjects 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 change your career direction and need a course to provide you with the entry qualifications to a Higher Education programme, 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 can find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.  Where COVID restrictions are in place we will invite you to either a video meeting, telephone conference call or make an offer based on your application form.



    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


    After further study, including completion of an engineering degree, you can expect to enter a Graduate Engineer level position.

    Continuing Study

    This course is delivered in partnership with SWAP (Scottish Wider Access Programme) ensuring 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.


    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:
      30th Aug 2021, 1 year
    • Location:
      Riverside Campus
    • Applications from International Students Welcome