Access to Engineering (SWAP)

Fife College


Glenrothes (Stenton) Campus


This course is ideal for those interested in a career or apprenticeship in mechanical engineering. As well as gaining a National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering at SCQF Level 6, you will also receive a high level of theoretical delivery in preparation for progression to our HNC course in Mechanical Engineering (which has articulation arrangements in place with various Universities throughout Scotland).

Scottish Wider Access Programmes, also known as SWAP courses, are for adults who have few or no formal qualifications and who have been out of full-time education for at least three years (five years if you have Highers or an HN).

Subjects Include:
Communication; Maths: Tech 1 and 2; Information technology; Computer aided draughting (CAD); Graphical engineering communication; Engineering workshop skills; Engineering dynamics; Strength of materials; Dimensional control; Thermofluids; Statics.

The Core Skills of ICT, numeracy and communication will be developed and certificated on this course

Entry Requirements

3 subjects at National 5 including Maths and Physics or a technological subject; or relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 5. Interview.

Progression Routes

Relevant HNC courses

Start Date



Access to FE/HE

Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Engineering and Energy

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