The aims of this course are to provide an introduction to the automotive industry and a progression route into further education or for moving directly into training or employment within the automotive industry. The overall purpose of the Course is to ensure that candidates develop practical skills, knowledge and understanding and employability skills needed within the automotive industry as well as developing generic transferable employability skills.
The course comprises four mandatory units as follows:
Automotive Skills: The Garage (SCQF level 4) (1 credit)
This Unit introduces candidates to the structure and organisation of the retail automotive industry and the range of job roles and responsibilities within it. Candidates will use a range of research sources and activities to help develop their knowledge and understanding of the automotive industry, the businesses within it, and the diversity of job roles it offers. The Unit also provides a basic introduction to some of the health and safety legislation applicable to vehicle service and repair workshops.
Automotive Skills: The Technician (SCQF level 4) (1 credit)
This Unit has a practical focus and introduces candidates to some of the tools and techniques used by technicians in the automotive industry. Candidates will use a range of common hand tools as well as more specialised tools and equipment such as the torque wrench and trolley jack. Candidates will also learn the names, functions and serviceability of automotive components while engaging in practical activities and gain basic knowledge of working safely in an automotive engineering environment.
Automotive Skills: The Car (SCQF level 4) (1 credit)
This Unit introduces candidates to basic safety checks, wheel changing and valeting as carried out by technicians in the automotive industry. The candidate will use a range of common hand tools, as well as more specialised tools and equipment. To enrich the candidate/s understanding and range of associated skills they will carry out engineering processes such as removing and refitting vehicle service items.
This Unit comprises a practical project and is designed to be completed after the Units Automotive Skills: The Technician and Automotive Skills: The Car, consolidating the previous practical skills developed. Candidates select a modification project to carry out on a vehicle enabling them to put into practice and further develop some of the basic hand skills and problem solving abilities that an Automotive Technician requires.
Career Ideas: Careers in the engineering sector can include – Mechanical, Manufacture, Maintenance, Fabrication, Welding, Electrical, Electronic, Foundry, Automotive, Control, Transport, Aeronautical, Communications, Space, Energy Generation, Conservation, Marine, Water Desalination, Oil/Gas and Petroleum.
The Early Education and Childcare Courses can help you begin to prepare for working in the early education and childcare sector by giving you basic knowledge about how children develop and by developing your employability skills. You will begin to understand some of the demands and responsibilities associated with working in this sector.
The emphasis of these courses is to help you prepare for working in the early education and childcare sector but also to help you develop skills which will be useful in any job, e.g. timekeeping, teamwork, customer care, problem solving and goal setting.
At each level the course will involve the completion of three mandatory units and one optional unit. You will be assessed for each unit using National Assessment Bank (NAB) materials.
At National 4 you will study the development of children from birth to young adulthood, how play can affect the development of children, and you will gain an insight into the various types of early education and childcare provision available for children.
The course is designed as an introduction to early education and childcare and it will help you to begin to understand some of the demands and responsibilities of working in this sector.
This course follows similar learning and assessment methods to National 4 but the work is more in depth and will cover a broader range of topics in each area of study. You will also have the chance to develop a wider range of skills including research skills, the ability to evaluate the planning and preparation of play and to develop self-confidence and a positive attitude if you are considering working in this area.
National 5 Mandatory Units
National 5 Optional Units
Child Development and Health
Play in Early Education and Childcare
Care and Feeding of Children
Working in Early Education and Childcare
Career Ideas: Nursery Support Assistant, Nursery Practitioner, Social Services Support Worker, Child Minder, Nanny.
*Progression to college courses is also dependent on additional academic qualifications required for entry to specific levels of childcare college courses.