Engineering Systems Students In Workshop
Anniesland Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
24 Aug 2020
Qualification Type
Course Type
4 Years

This HND Engineering Systems course is ideal if you already work in engineering industry and want to progress towards professional engineering status. It develops skills and competence to a higher level across a wide range of modern engineering systems including electrical, mechanical and mechatronic systems.

What will I learn?

You will undertake a range of SQA HN Units such as:

  • Application of programmable logic controllers 
  • Communication: practical skills 
  • Electrical machine principles 
  • Engineering communication 
  • Engineering measurement and systems monitoring 
  • Engineering mathematics 1
  • Engineering mathematics 2
  • Mechatronic system elements 
  • Principles of engineering systems 
  • DC and AC principles
  • Three phase systems 
  • Engineering systems: Graded unit 1 examination
  • Business awareness and CPD 
  • Design for manufacture 
  • Engineering practical skills 
  • Engineering systems analysis: System modelling & control 
  • Principles of safe engineering systems 
  • Project management
  • Statics and strength of materials
  • Dynamics
  • Thermofluids 
  • Engineering Mathematics 3
  • Engineering Mathematics 4
  • Engineering Mathematics 5
  • Engineering Systems Graded Unit 2 – Project Based.

Employer and industry links

As a STEM Assured College we have a renowned reputation for Engineering, supported by cutting edge technology, highly qualified and experienced staff.  If you are considering a career in Engineering then our course can begin to help you achieve your goals, whether that be a job or progression to a University course. As a result of Industry 4.0 Engineers are in demand for innovative roles in Design, Robotics and Automation. If you enjoy the human skills of problem solving and are solution focused, then with our help you can become an innovative future ready engineer.

Additionally, we work in partnership with the majority of Engineering employers and are seen as the Engineering College of choice within the Greater Glasgow area. These partnerships provide opportunities for Industrial visits, student placements and industry talks as well as providing opportunities for students to progress into employment. Due to our excellent links, the College is continually at the forefront of technological advances with investment in our state of the art Engineering Facilities which will provide students with a World Class Learning Experience.

Jobs and further study

  • If you successfully complete the full-time course with a Graded Unit 2 with a result of B or above you will be able to apply for second or third year entry into various university engineering degree programmes at Glasgow Caledonian University, University of the West of Scotland and Edinburgh Napier University
    • Please note that for direct entry into the third year of the full-time university programmes you will need to achieve the HN Units in Engineering Mathematics 1 to 5
  • If you successfully complete the part-time course Graded Unit 2 with a result of B or above you will be able to apply for part-time Engineering degree programmes at Glasgow Caledonian University, University of the West of Scotland, Edinburgh Napier University and the Open University
  • You will have the potential to move on to jobs in the technician or junior engineering level in the energy, maintenance, design and process engineering sectors.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • a Higher National Certificate in an appropriate discipline, for example HNC Engineering Systems, HNC Electrical Engineering, HNC Mechanical Engineering or HNC Manufacturing Engineering
  • If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Entry requirement equivalency table

  • If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply
You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and will be contacted as per the following stages:

You will be invited to attend an interview and aptitude test. Please bring your qualifications and references with you.

Aptitude test will cover three areas: mechanical comprehension, electrical comprehension and Numeracy.

You will be informed of the outcome by email within three weeks of applying.

There are four possible outcomes:

  • unconditional offer: you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed
  • conditional offer: your place is secured pending meeting the entry requirements
  • waiting list: you have met all entry requirements, however, the course is full. If any spaces become available you may be contacted usually around about the course start date.
  • unsuccessful.

Once an offer is received you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place.

If a place is unavailable at your campus of first choice, you may be offered a place at one of our other campuses and you must respond to this within the timescale above.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information such as an induction date and student funding.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 357 6094