Mechanical Engineering Students In Workshop
Anniesland Campus
Start Date
23 Aug 2021
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

Applications are now closed.

As a STEM Assured College we have a renowned reputation for engineering with cutting edge technology and staff to support this. If you’re considering a career in engineering, and in particular mechanical engineering, then this NC Mechanical Engineering course can help you on your way. If you enjoy problem solving and are solution focused, wanting to know how things work, then you can become a great engineer.

Currently and in the future, engineering jobs are in high demand with many jobs required each year in Scotland alone as a result of Industry 4.0

The course is available to study full time over one year, or as a day release programme over two years.

What will I learn?

Throughout the duration of the course you will undertake SQA NC Units which will lead to the NC Mechanical Engineering Award at SCQF Level 6 (G97J 46). The units that you will undertake are:

Core Units

  • Communication core skill unit 
  • Mathematics: Technician 1 
  • Engineering: Applying information technology

Mandatory Units 

  • Statics
  • Engineering dynamics: An introduction
  • Thermofluids
  • Engineering dynamics
  • Strength of materials 

Optional Units

  • Engineering dimensional control
  • CAD for engineers
  • Engineering materials
  • Graphical engineering communications

Please note that due to the impact of COVID-19, this course will be delivered via a blended learning approach - which may include limited face-to-face learning on campus combined with remote learning off-campus and digital learning approaches. If and when delivery is taking place on-campus, there will be reduced student numbers and physical distancing measures in place. If you require any support in learning digitally please inform the Course Leader or Student Support team.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Three National 5s or equivalent, including maths and a science or a technical subject
  • If you don't have formal qualifications but you do have relevant life and/or work experience, you are also welcome to apply

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 requirements equivalency table

Employer and industry links

Glasgow Clyde College 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 these excellent links the College is at the forefront of technological advances with continual investment in its state-of-the-art engineering facilities which provide students with a world class learning experience.

Jobs and further study

The course is designed to allow you to develop knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of mechanical engineering. The course has been designed to offer a balance of practical and theory suitable if you wish to progress to either employment or further education.

If you're successful on this course, you could gain entry to  HNC Mechanical Engineering at Glasgow Clyde College, subject to the following criteria: 

  • 95% attendance
  • reference from lecturers 

It may also be possible to gain entry to:

  • HND Mechanical Engineering
  • HND Electrical Engineering
  • HND Engineering Systems
  • HNC Manufacturing Engineering 

Previous students have progressed onto apprenticeships in the mechanical, manufacturing, maintenance, aerospace and ship building sectors.

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. Applicants who meet, or expect to meet the minimum entry criteria, will be in contacted and invited to attend for an information session, interview and testing:

  • Information session: applicants will be given detailed information in relation to the course structure and content.
  • Interview and online testing: all applicants will be required to undergo online testing which will consist of a mechanical comprehension test and a numeracy test. In addition, a one-to-one interview will be held with each applicant where further information will be gathered in order to ensure you have applied for the correct type and level of course. Applicants must bring evidence of their qualifications and proof of identity with them.

Interviews will take place starting in February. The earlier you apply the more likely you are to secure a place.

There are four possible outcomes of the interview and testing process:

  1. Unconditional offer – your offer of a place is guaranteed.
  2. Conditional offer – your offer of a place is dependent on meeting certain criteria prior to the start of the course
  3. Waiting list – you have met the entry requirements, however, the course is full. You will be contacted should a place become available.
  4. Unsuccessful – you have not met the minimum entry criteria.

Unsuccessful applicants may be offered a place on different course where suitable.

Outcome of testing and interview will be sent by email within 10 working days of the interview.

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 e.g. Student Funding, Joining Instructions, Induction Date.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 357 6094