Higher Engineering Science (Course Code: C723 76)

SCQF Level 6 (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.

What do I need to get in?

Entry is at the discretion of the school or college but you would normally be expected to have:

What will I study?

This course provides a broad and challenging exploration of engineering. You will develop a deeper understanding of the central role of engineers as designers and problem solvers, able to conceive, design, implement and control complex systems, and the far-reaching impact of engineering on our society and the environment. You will develop and extend a range of technological skills, including skills in analysis and problem solving, design skills, skills in the use of equipment and materials, and skills in evaluating products and systems.

The course consists of three compulsory units and the course assessment unit.

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:

How will I be assessed?

Course assessment (6 SCQF credit points)

The course assessment has two components:

The question paper introduces breadth to the assessment. It requires depth of understanding and application of knowledge from the units.

The Engineering Science assignment adds value by requiring challenge and application. You will apply knowledge and skills from the units to solve an appropriately challenging engineering problem.

Your work will be assessed by your teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course. You must pass all three units and the course assessment to gain the course qualification.

The course assessment is graded A-D. Your grade will depend on the total mark for all the units in your course.

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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):

Highers in a Nutshell - Engineering Science (CfE Higher)