Access to Engineering (SWAP)

Edinburgh College


Midlothian Campus


Access to Engineering NC is a direct route to university. The course is designed to give you the first step towards a career in engineering. The content is mechanical engineering focused and will develop your knowledge and understanding of engineering principles and systems. This is a full-time course taught at Edinburgh College’s Midlothian campus that will lead to further study of a variety of engineering courses at HNC/D and university degree level.

You will study units such as Electrical Principles and Engineering Design which will enable you to progress to a career in a range of different engineering disciplines such as mechanical, electrical, civil and renewable energy.

You will learn:
Engineering; Dynamics; Thermofluids; Maths; Communications; IT; Energy; Electrical Principles; Engineering Design; Statics; Strength of Materials; CAD; Preparation for higher education.

Entry Requirements

Maths and Physics at National 5. Interview. You may be asked to complete an entry level test which covers numeracy, literacy and comprehension.

If you haven't studied Maths or Physics for some time then you might benefit from taking a preparatory unit before joining the course.

Start Date




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