Access to Engineering (SWAP)

North East Scotland College


Aberdeen Altens Campus


This course will equip you with sufficient knowledge and skills to provide the opportunity to progress to Higher National (HN) or degree programmes in Mechanical Engineering. It will also develop study and transferable skills which will be applicable to future work and study in a range of environments.

The course is based on knowledge and skills relating to specific mechanical engineering principles including dynamics, hydraulics, pneumatics, thermofluids and engineering materials. In addition, it will develop fundamental transferable skills in IT, communication and mathematics.

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.

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