Progression to Engineering Degree Studies

What is special about this course?

This programme gives candidates the necessary entry qualifications to degree level study in a range of engineering degrees including Electrical, Mechanical, Electronics & Energy Engineering at the University of the Highlands & Islands.

Candidates will be given the opportunity to study a combination of Higher Maths and Physics along with a nationally recognised NC Level 6 Engineering award.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of National 5 (or equivalent) qualifications in Maths and Science

  • Relevant industrial experience and training.

Higher Maths and/or Higher Physics

NC Engineering Units at SCQF level 6, which can include:

  • Thermofluids
  • Strength of Materials
  • Engineering Dynamics
  • Computer Aided Draughting
  • Engineering Prime Movers
  • Pneumatics and Hydraulics


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Boots, Boiler Suits, Glasses and specialised PPE will normally be supplied.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Flexible

Teaching will include face to face, classroom and workshop based delivery.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Lews Castle College, UHI, Stornoway

Start date



Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Further study opportunities

  • BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Electrical & Electronic Engineering Design
  • BEng (Hons) Energy Engineering

Career Opportunities

The range of opportunities for engineering graduates are extensive, and include jobs in engineering design, marine engineering, oil and gas, construction, manufacturing, health, forensic engineering and many others.

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

Peter Haubrick – successfully completed BEng Mechanical Engineering ~ May 2016:

“The NC Engineering award gave me a thorough understanding of the application of engineering sciences which I was able to build on throughout my studies on the degree programme.”

Tariq Hussain – successfully completed BEng Mechanical Engineering ~ May 2016:

“NC Engineering covers a wide range of practical skills using industry standard machines and equipment. The practical aspects of the course helped develop my ‘hands on’ skills as well as giving me an understanding of dimensional accuracy and quality requirements. This has given the academic learning a more meaningful context and supported my studies at all levels".

"The Higher Maths delivered alongside the NC Engineering qualification gives excellent preparation for the degree programme. Alternatively, those who want to undertake both a Higher in Maths and Physics can enhance their practical skills by carrying out a selection of additional vocational NC units.

The combination of the Highers along with the NC award/Practical Skills award will be of great help to students in supporting further studies. This will enhance the student’s ability to successfully complete the engineering degree they have chosen to undertake.

Lews Castle college is part of University of the Highland and Islands (UHI) allowing students access to an extensive range of high quality academic support and well developed materials across the UHI partnership".

Apply for Progression to Engineering Degree Studies

I want to start in 2020/21

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Lews Castle College UHI. Lews Castle College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.