SQA Advanced Certificate/Diploma in Measurement and Control Engineering

SQA Advanced Certificate/Diploma in Measurement and Control Engineering

The SQA Advanced Certificate and SQA Advanced Diploma in Measurement and Control Engineering give learners experience of measurement and control engineering in the following areas: maintenance, servicing, installation, testing, operation, commissioning, manufacture and design.

The SQA Advanced Diploma in Measurement and Control Engineering prepares learners for employment or higher education.

At both levels learners develop transferable skills, study and research skills and planning, analysing and synthesising skills. Learners apply these skills to solve problems relevant to advanced engineering craft persons and engineering supervisors.

These qualifications allow learners a degree of specialism at advanced craft level and in advanced engineering craft principles and technologies in the following areas: fabrication and welding, engineering manufacture, engineering maintenance or electrical engineering.

The SQA Advanced Certificate and SQA Advanced Diploma in Measurement and Control Engineering are available through a growing number of colleges, training providers and universities around the world. Typically, an SQA Advanced Certificate takes one year to complete and an SQA Advanced Diploma takes two years.

Why deliver this qualification

SQA Advanced Certificates and Diplomas 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.

Who does this qualification suit

The SQA Advanced Certificate and SQA Advanced Diploma are 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 decided by the college or learning provider.

Given the demands of the qualifications, learners should be able to demonstrate competence in mathematics at SCQF level 5, and have gained one of the following:

  • two Highers — one in a science or technology area
  • occupationally relevant skills and experience, eg a relevant SVQ/NVQ level 3
  • the National Certificate in Measurement and Control Engineering
  • the National Certificate in Multidisciplinary Engineering

Progression

Employment prospects for learners who achieve the Advanced Certificate or Diploma in Measurement and Control Engineering are wide ranging. They could gain employment in the oil, chemical and gas industry, in the food and drink industry, or in a power generation plant, a refinery, a process plant, or a water treatment plant.

Learners can progress from the SQA Advanced Certificate to the SQA Advanced Diploma in Measurement and Control Engineering, or possibly to a related degree course. For further information please refer to SQA’s progression partners.

The SQA Advanced Certificate and Diploma are recognised by the Institute of Measurement and Control (a chartered engineering professional body).

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 Measurement and Control Engineering

Group award code: GM9M 47 (96 SCQF credit points)     

SQA Advanced Diploma in Measurement and Control Engineering

Group award code: GM9L 48 (240 SCQF credit points)

For further information on the structures and units of these qualifications please refer to the arrangements document.

Arrangements

Unit specifications