• Engineering

    SVQ Performing Engineering Operations Level 5 (Prestwick Academy)

  • Eligible Schools

    South Ayrshire schools

    This course is for school pupils only

  • Location/Day/Time

    Ayr Campus

    Monday and Wednesday

    2:00 - 5:00

  • Start Date

    Aug 2023

This course is for school pupils only graphic

Who is the course for?

This course is being run in partnership with Prestwick Academy and is for anyone who has an interest in Engineering, enjoys practical hands-on work in a workshop environment, can problem solve and wishes to gain relevant practical experience within this industry to possibly gain an apprenticeship. You will populate and develop an online portfolio which can be used to show employers during interviews. You need to be able to work safely and be very responsible about Health & Safety. Local businesses will provide mentors.

What is the course about?

This course provides a basic requirement for a Modern Apprenticeship. Students will learn vocational skills in Engineering including:

  • 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
  • Installing aircraft mechanical fasteners
  • Producing aircraft detail assemblies
  • Producing CAD models (drawings) using a CAD system

What are the entry requirements?

You should have National 4 Maths and ideally an engineering qualification. If you want to take engineering further, you should be working at National 5 level in Maths and Physics is helpful too. You will be required to complete an aptitude test at interview or online. 

How will I be assessed?

Assessments are practical and focus on the attainment of new skills as and when you acquire them. You will be required to complete a log book.

What should I expect?

The course involves practical workshop activities used to develop various engineering techniques. There are some computer-based subjects too. Evidence is generated using an online portfolio.

Next Steps

Successful completion of this course may provide you with opportunities to progress to a full-time Engineering college course at college and there may also be opportunities for Modern Apprenticeships. If you want to study Engineering, the PEO is a great addition to your National Qualifications because it shows that you have practical experience.

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



Start Date

Aug 2023

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