National 5 SfW Energy (Course Code: C258 75)

SCQF Level 5 (24 SCQF credit points)

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Why study SfW Energy?

Scotland has the oil and gas fields of the North Sea, and plenty of potential for wind, wave, and even solar power! Thanks to our ever-increasing need for more energy, and the need to find more environmentally-friendly ways of producing it, this sector offers good prospects for young people with the right skills. There will be a demand for highly skilled craft and technician apprentices, and graduates, in many types of engineering, as well as a growing demand for skilled plumbers.

The Energy sector includes oil and gas, renewable energies and power generation and transmission.

Energy offers good opportunities for those who enjoy:

Career Pathways

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What do I need to get in?

Entry is at the discretion of the school or college.

What will I study?

This course will introduce you to the different energy industries in the UK and help you to develop relevant practical and employability skills.

The course is made up of four compulsory units, taking a total of 140 hours, and one 20-hour optional unit.

The compulsory units are:

Employability and Careers (20 hours)

Conventional Production Technologies and the Grid

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Where will I take the course?

Work experience/placements

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be based on a range of practical workshop activities in real or simulated workplace settings. Tutors will observe and keep records of your work. Some assessment may be done online using an e-portfolio system.

What can I go on to next?

You may be able to progress to:


Further/Higher Education

Further study, training or employment in:

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