Access to Engineering (SWAP)

North East Scotland College


Aberdeen Altens Campus


This course is an ideal starting place for a career in engineering . It will equip you with knowledge and skills to provide the opportunity to progress to Higher National (HN) or degree programmes in Mechanical Engineering.

You will learn in purpose-built engineering workshops at our Aberdeen Altens Campus, gaining hands-on experience with industry equipment that will prepare you for both work and further study.

Alongside building practical skills and theoretical understanding of a range of mechanical engineering principals, you will also develop study and transferable skills, which will benefit your progression in employment or study in a range of environments.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have not previously studied beyond SCQF Level 5 and been out of full-time education for at least 3 years. The college would prefer all applicants to have National 5 Maths at least a B.

Progression Routes

Relevant HNC/D

Start Date



Access to FE/HE

Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year



SCQF Level


Career Area


Career Sectors

Aeronautical Engineering

Chemical and Materials Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Engineering General

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (including Fabrication and Welding)

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Offshore and Energy