NC in Land-based Engineering: An Introduction at SCQF level 4

NC in Land-based Engineering: An Introduction at SCQF level 4

The National Certificate (NC) in Land-based Engineering: An Introduction at SCQF level 4 is designed to equip learners with the knowledge and skills (including Core Skills) required for further study or to gain employment in the sector. National Certificates are designed for full-time delivery over one year (or part-time over two years) and are available in colleges.

Why deliver this qualification

NCs bridge the progression gap from school attainment to HN and other study. They are suitable for school leavers and those seeking a route back into study at non-advanced level. They are trusted qualifications having been developed by practitioners with the support of the sector skills councils.

Although delivery of the award is at the discretion of individual centres, this NC has been designed to be compatible with arrangements in centres where a full-time programme of 17–20 Units is provided to learners at SCQF levels 4–5.

Who does this qualification suit

The qualification is open to everyone but is principally aimed at recent school leavers and adult returners who may have limited academic qualifications. Applicants should have a genuine interest in developing a career in land-based engineering or related industries.


Access to this award will be at the discretion of the centre. There are no specific, formal entry requirements.

There is no recommendation that candidates should possess any specific Core Skills on entry, as opportunities to develop Core Skills will be provided throughout the course.


The National Certificate (NC) in Land-based Engineering: An Introduction at SCQF level 4 is a stepping-stone to both employment and further study.

The inclusion of a Unit in Accident Prevention and Emergency Procedures in the mandatory section is intended to help candidates to develop an essential life skill, which may also enhance their employment prospects.


Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Guide to Approval.

How to assess

Assessment of knowledge may be determined by a range of approaches, eg a series of short assessment papers consisting of multiple-choice and/or short-answer questions. If possible, a holistic approach to Unit assessment should be adopted where the minimum number of assessment instruments consistent with maintaining agreed national standards are used.

Practical assessment should be carried out in the workshop with individuals undertaking specific practical tasks. Question and answer techniques should be used to assess learner engagement, knowledge and understanding.

Qualification content and delivery tools


Group Award Code: GF6R 44 at SCQF level 4

This National Certificate in Land-based Engineering: An Introduction consists of 11 mandatory Units at SCQF levels 4 and 5 and nine optional Units at SCQF levels 3, 4 and 5.

For further information on the Units and structure of the qualification please refer to the Group Award Specification.

Arrangements Documents