National Certificate (NC) in Engineering Practice

NAFC Course Code: ME39

Engineering students


The National Certificate (NC) in Engineering Practice is an entry-level course that provides a broad-based introduction to general engineering subjects, with a particular emphasis on practical skills and knowledge.

On successful completion of the NC you may progress to further training, including a Modern Apprenticeship, or to employment in a range of engineering sectors.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, but you will need to demonstrate a genuine interest in practical engineering.


SQA Units for Engineering Practice NC

  • Engineering - Using Information Technology
  • Communication Core Skills
  • Mathematics - Craft 1
  • Health & Safety
  • Engineering Dimensional Control
  • Engineering Materials
  • CAD - Computer Aided Design
  • Electrical Plant Safety & Maintenance
  • Pneumatics & Hydraulics
  • Plant Maintenance Practice
  • Engineering Project
  • Electrical Wiring Skills
  • Fabrication Processes
  • Fabrication Skills

EAL Units for Practical Work

  • Manual Arc Welding
  • Mig/Mag Welding Skills
  • Fabrication Skills
  • Bench Fitting
  • Turning


This is a 9 month, full-time course delivered at the NAFC Marine Centre.


The programme starts in September and runs to mid-May.


  • £1,008

NOTE: Fees are normally paid for eligible students.

(Fees are subject to change without notice.)

Booking / Queries

To apply, please download and complete an NC in Engineering Practice Application Form, or contact NAFC.

You may be invited for an interview which will include a short aptitude test.

If you have any questions or need any more information please contact NAFC.