Access to Engineering (SWAP)

Edinburgh College


Midlothian Campus


This course is designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of engineering principles and systems covering a range of engineering disciplines. It is an ideal stepping stone for studying a variety of engineering courses at HNC/D and Degree Level. The course is based on a mechanical engineering programme and leads to a higher NC group award qualification. There are additional units such as electrical principles and engineering systems which broaden the programme enabling you to progress to a range of different engineering disciplines such as mechanical, electrical, civil and renewable engineering.

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.

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