National 4 Engineering Science (Course Code: C723 74)

SCQF Level 4 (24 SCQF credit points)

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Why study Engineering Science?

Engineering is vital to everyday life; it shapes the world in which we live and its future. Engineers play key roles in meeting the needs of society in fields which include climate change, medicine, IT and transport. Our society needs more engineers, and more young people with an informed view of engineering.

In this course you will develop and extend knowledge and understanding of key engineering concepts and processes, and learn to apply these to a variety of problems. On completing the course you will learn skills in: analysis and problem solving, engineering design, the use of equipment and materials, and evaluation.

The skills you learn from this course are valuable for a wide range of career areas and industries. This includes Engineering, Electronics, Oil, Renewable Energy Production, Science, Mechanics, Construction and the Built Environment.

Career Pathways

To see what career areas this subject could lead to and the routes to get there, download and view these career pathways:

Art and Design

Computing and ICT



Garage Services

Health and Medicine

Transport and Distribution

What do I need to get in?

The school or college will decide on the entry requirements for the course. You would normally have achieved: 

What will I study?

In this course you will develop a broad range of technological skills, including analysis, problem solving and design skills. You will learn how to use equipment and materials, and evaluate products and systems. You will look at key engineering concepts and processes and how to solve different problems. You will also look at the impact of engineering on society and the environment.

The course has three compulsory units, plus an added value unit that assesses your practical skills. 

Engineering Contexts and Challenges (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Electronics and Control (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Mechanisms and Structures (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will: 

Added Value Unit: Engineering Science Assignment (6 SCQF credit points) - this is not mandatory for the 2022-23 session. 

In this unit you will: 

How will I be assessed?

Your teacher or tutor will assess your work on a regular basis throughout the course. Items of work might include:

You must pass all units including the practical unit to gain the course qualification.

What can I go on to next?

If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in:

Which jobs are related to this subject?

Where can my parents find out more?

Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.

They can also read the information leaflet(s):

Nationals in a Nutshell - Engineering Science (National 4)