• Engineering

    Foundation Apprenticeship - Engineering, Level 6, Y1

  • Eligible Schools:

    All Ayrshire Schools

    This is a course for school pupils

  • Location/Day/Time

    Irvine Royal Skills Centre for Excellence, Kilmarnock Campus and Ayr Campus

    Year 1 - Tuesday and Thursday 2pm - 5pm
    Year 2 - Tuesday 9am-4pm, Thursday 2pm - 5pm

    Duration - 2 Years

  • Start Date

    Aug 2021

This course is for school pupils only graphic

SCQF

SCQF Level 6

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR

The Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) in Engineering aims to give pupils the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to enter into a career in Engineering and the Advanced Manufacturing sector and other Engineering related industries. The programme is designed to provide participants with theory, practice and related work experience. The FA in Engineering is aimed at pupils in S5 and S6 and will take 2 years to complete. It also contributes directly to achievement of the Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering by attainment of the core units of the MA qualification.

Ayr Campus - Focusing on aeronautical engineering
Kilmarnock Campus - Focusing on machining, manufacturing engineering and welding
Irvine Royal Skills Centre for Excellence - Focusing on electrical and electronic engineering

WHAT IS THE COURSE ABOUT

Year 1
In S5 pupils will attend College on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon and are expected to work towards their identified Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) Level 2 units (SCQF level 5) and also a proportion of the core or restricted core units from an Engineering related National Certificate (NC) at SCQF Level 6.
Other activities in S5 will include introducing pupils 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.

Year 2
In S6 pupils will attend college on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. Pupils will complete any outstanding Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) units (SCQF Level 5) 5 units including 3 mandatory, and the remainder of any core / restricted core and optional units for the chosen National Certificate programme. The majority of work-related experience will be gained in S6 through a work placement and/or an industry challenge. The work-based competence units will be delivered and assessed in the workplace.
Arrangements for work placements will be organised in accordance with COVID government guidance.
This course provides a basic requirement for a Modern Apprenticeship. Students will learn vocational skills in Engineering.

WHAT DO I NEED

Candidates should have National 5 Mathematics at the start of S5 and be starting studying for Higher Mathematics. A Physics qualification would be useful also.

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.

NEXT STEPS

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”.

Places available

Campus

Irvine

Start Date

Aug 2021

Places available

Campus

Ayr

Start Date

Aug 2021

Places available

Campus

Kilmarnock

Start Date

Aug 2021

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