Foundation Apprenticeship - Aeronautical Engineering, Level 6, Y1
All Ayrshire Schools
Year 1 & Year 2 - Tuesday and Thursday
2:00 - 5:00
Duration - 2 Years
Who is the course for?
The Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) in Engineering aims to give you the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to enter a career in Engineering and the Advanced Manufacturing sector and other Engineering related industries.
The programme is designed to provide you with theory, practice, and related work experience. The FA in Engineering is aimed at you if you are in S5 and will take 2 years to complete. It also contributes directly to the achievement of the Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering by attainment of the core units of the MA qualification.
What is the course about?
In S5 you will attend College on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon and are expected to complete a proportion of the units from the National Certificate (NC) in Aeronautical Engineering at SCQF level 6.
Other activities in S5 will include introducing you to the employer context in which engineering roles exist and how engineering skills are utilised in the workplace; this will involve industrial visits to employers and talks from industry professionals (Covid restrictions permitting). There will also be a work placement and/or an industry challenge. The work-based competence units will be delivered and assessed in the workplace.
In S6 you will attend college on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon you will complete all the Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) units (SCQF Level 5) 5 units including 3 mandatory, and the remainder of any units for the National Certificate programme.
This course provides a basic requirement for a Modern Apprenticeship. You will learn vocational skills in Engineering. The units you will complete are:
- Engineering: Applying Information Technology
- Communication Core Skill Unit
- Mathematics: Technician 1
- Aeronautical Engineering Fundamentals
- Aircraft Systems
- Aircraft Powerplant
- Aircraft Flight Controls
- Aircraft Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems
- Mathematics: Technician 2
- Theory of Flight
- Engineering Materials
- Strength of Materials
- Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements
- Using and Interpreting Engineering Data and Documentation
- Working efficiently and effectively in engineering
- Producing Components using Hand Fitting Techniques
- Carrying out Aircraft Detail Fitting Activities
What are the entry requirements?
Students to have 3 National 5's including English, Mathematics and one science (preferably Physics), students must also be studying Higher Mathematics during Year 1. Only S4 students should apply.
How will I be assessed?
Assessments are a mixture of practical, which focus on the attainment of new skills as and when you acquire them, and theoretical. Assessment is on an ongoing basis.
What should I expect?
Most of the course involves practical workshop activities as you develop various engineering techniques. There are some computer-based subjects and some theory classes to broaden your knowledge of electrical concepts. All the practical units involve a small amount of paperwork to record your success and provide evidence of your achievement.
At the end of the 2 years, you will complete a combination of Performing Engineering Operations units and an NC Engineering incorporating work placement, achieving a Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering; you could progress to an HNC in Engineering or into employment or a Modern Apprenticeship.
What do current students say?
“I enjoy being at College, with different students from other schools. One day I am in the workshop and the other day the work is class room based learning. It gives me a practical experience and understanding of what would be expected if I successfully gain an apprenticeship”.