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Engineering Skills - Level 5

Programme Title:  Engineering Skills

SCQF Level:  5

SCQF Level:  Skills for Work

Start Date: June 2014                                End Date: May 2015

Day/Time: on both Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2pm – 4pm

Course Outline/Description:

Engineering Skills (Intermediate 2)  COURSE CODE C253 11

This Course focuses on the broad areas of Mechanical, Fabrication, Electrical, Electronic, Maintenance, Manufacture, and an element of Design. This will allow the candidates to gain transferable skills which can be applied to any of the above engineering areas.

Semester 1 - Unit/s to be completed:

  • F39B 11 Mechanical and Fabrication
  • F39C 11 Electrical and Electronic


Semester 2 - Unit/s to be completed:

  • F39D 11 Maintenance
  • F39E 11 Design and Manufacture


Assessment Method for each of the Listed Units for this programme:

All of the Units focus on the development of specific engineering skills. Assessment follows a similar pattern involving a range of practical activities which will produce evidence for all the Outcomes. The evidence will be confirmed by the use of an assessor checklist which will cover:

  • interpretation of a drawing or specification
  • the appropriate use of tools, materials, and equipment
  • successful involvement in the completion of a task, product, or assembly
  • quality checking of their own work
  • attention to health and safety aspects of working in a workshop type of environment

The assessment of employability skills is integrated in all of the Units and is based on assessor checklists and the completion of a candidate review sheet on one occasion within each Unit of the Course. This review allows the candidate.

Describe how the pupils will be encouraged to develop Skills for Learning, Skills for Life and Skills for Work:

The Skills for Work Courses are also designed to provide candidates with opportunities for developing Core Skills and enhancing skills and attitudes for employability.



The skills and attitudes for employability, including self-employment, are outlined below:


  • generic skills/attitudes valued by employers


  1. understanding of the workplace and the employee’s responsibilities, for example time-keeping, appearance, customer care
  2. self-evaluation skills
  3. positive attitude to learning
  4. flexible approaches to solving problems
  5. adaptability and positive attitude to change
  6. confidence to set goals, reflect and learn from experience


  • specific vocational skills/knowledge


  1. Course Specifications highlight the links to National Occupational Standards in the vocational area and identify progression opportunities

Opportunities for developing these skills and attitudes are highlighted in each of the Course and Unit Specifications. These opportunities include giving young people direct access to workplace experiences or, through partnership arrangements, providing different learning environments and experiences which simulate aspects of the workplace. These experiences might include visits, visiting speakers, role play and other practical activities.

The learning environments, the focus on experiential learning and the opportunities to develop employability and Core Skills in these Courses contribute to meeting these aspirations.

Embedded into the practical activities of this Unit are the employability skills that employers value. Although it is envisaged that all employability skills will be developed in this Unit, not all will be assessed.

If there are opportunities within this programme to progress, please describe them below:

This Course or its Units may provide candidates with opportunities to progress to:

This Course supports progression into appropriate further education, training, or employment. The Course provides the basis for candidates to gain an insight into engineering occupations such as Mechanical, Fabrication, Automotive, Aeronautical, Electrical, and Electronic, Marine, Control, Maintenance, and Manufacture and to use their studies to help them decide the career they wish to follow.

Candidates studying this course in Engineering and choosing a skills option, may be aiming to progress into an apprenticeship in industry. Candidates who are uncertain which trade to follow may undertake vocational courses at further education colleges.

This Course should also facilitate progression to a relevant vocational Course or an appropriate National Certificate/Qualification programme.