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Borders College launches new course for budding engineers

Borders College has recently launched a new course for budding engineers and students can apply to sign up now, ready for the new term. Students who enrol on the NC Manufacturing Engineering (Level 6) programme will be taught the basic principles of engineering to set them up for further study or the workplace.

The one-year course will begin at Borders College on 28th August 2019 and, on completion, students will receive a NC in Manufacturing Engineering at SCQF Level 6. This qualification will allow progression to study Mechanical Engineering at higher education level, where they can work towards either a Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND), or even a Bachelor of Engineering Degree.

Curriculum learning manager Jimmy Louth said:

“We are pleased to be able to offer this new course and this will be a great opportunity for anyone interested in mechanical engineering. The qualification will allow students to progress to a university course or into a job in the industry. We will be covering all of the basic principles of mechanical engineering, including material science, statics and dynamics. There will also be a wide range of different topics on the curriculum. We have designed the course to make it is as practical and as visual as possible so that it is interesting and accessible for everybody.”

To be eligible to sign up for the new course, candidates would need to have a minimum of grade C passes in mathematics at Intermediate 2/National 5 level, as well as qualifications in technology or physics-based subjects. Those who have passed an NC Engineering qualification at level 5 or have relevant industrial experience are invited to apply – as are mature applicants without the necessary minimum requirements.

NC Manufacturing Engineering (Level 6) is a full time 36-week course. This means students will be in College three days per week, learning from top industry professionals.

Jimmy added:

“As part of the course, the aim is also to work with businesses in the area so that students can get first-hand experience and apprenticeships.”

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