SQA Advanced Certificate in Chemical Engineering

SQA Advanced Certificate in Chemical Engineering

The SQA Advanced Certificate in Chemical Engineering builds on learners’ existing knowledge and their exposure to the systems and processes used in the chemical industry. It develops their knowledge and skills and enhances their employment prospects.

Learners gain knowledge in subject areas related to chemical engineering including: mass and energy balance, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and process operations. The course is designed to develop study and research skills, together with planning, development and evaluation skills.

This qualification is available through a growing number of colleges, training providers and universities around the world. Typically, an SQA Advanced Certificate takes one year to complete.

Why deliver this qualification

SQA Advanced Certificates have been developed by SQA in partnership with colleges, universities and industry — so employers recognise that they provide sound evidence of ability.

The unit-based structure supports flexible delivery. A unit is typically 40 hours of timetabled learning.

There is a wide choice of optional units which will enable centres to offer courses tailored to meet local needs.

This SQA Advanced Certificate provides progression routes to further study (see Progression).

Who does this qualification suit

The SQA Advanced Certificate is suitable for a wide range of learners including:

  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • learners in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects

Access

As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. Examples of formal entry qualifications include:

  • a minimum of two Highers from Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics at grade C or above, with appropriate supporting passes at National 5 level (or equivalent SCQF level 5) in appropriate science subjects and Mathematics
  • the National Certificate in Applied Sciences (which includes Physics units)
  • qualifications in appropriate science, chemical engineering and mathematics programmes, such as access programmes — learners should have gained some units at Higher level in appropriate science, chemical engineering and mathematics programmes
  • suitable work experience gained in a chemical engineering/process setting

Progression

Learners who achieve an SQA Advanced Certificate in Chemical Engineering may progress to the SQA Advanced Certificate/Diploma in Electrical Engineering or the SQA Advanced Certificate/Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, then possibly to a related degree level course.

SQA Advanced Certificates and SQA Advanced Diplomas can provide progression to degree-level study. The SQA Advanced Certificate in Chemical Engineering may allow direct entry into the second year of some degree programmes. For further information please refer to SQA’s progression partners.

SQA Advanced Certificates and SQA Advanced Diplomas may also provide the knowledge and understanding required for related Modern Apprenticeships, eg the Modern Apprenticeship in Chemical Process Engineering and Related Industries.

Offer this qualification

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

Centres without devolved authority must 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 Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

How to assess

Each unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements and approaches to assessment for the unit.

Ongoing course assessment will apply. 

Qualification structure

SQA Advanced Certificate in Chemical Engineering at SCQF level 7

Group Award Code: GM9X 47 (96 SCQF credit points)

For further information on the structure and units of this qualification please refer to the group award specification. 

Group award specification

Unit specifications