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The Waid Academy

National 5 Engineering Science



Course Description

Engineering shapes the world in which we live, by applying elements of technology, science and mathematics to real-world challenges. Engineers play key roles in meeting the needs of society in fields that include climate change, medicine, IT and transport.


The course helps learners to develop an understanding of the far-reaching impact of engineering on our society. They learn about the central role of engineers as designers and problem-solvers, able to conceive, design, implement and operate complex systems.


Learners develop the ability to:

  • apply knowledge and understanding of key engineering facts and ideas
  • understand the relationships between engineering, mathematics and science
  • apply skills in analysis, design, construction and evaluation to a range of engineering problems
  • communicate engineering concepts clearly and concisely, using appropriate terminology
  • develop an understanding of the role and impact of engineering in changing and influencing our environment and society


Please Note – Learners must have good numeracy skills to study this course as they will be required to complete a variety of complex mathematical calculations. Learners need to be studying Maths at National 5 level.


Course Structure

The Engineering Science course consists of 3 units;


Engineering Contexts and Challenges

Candidates develop an understanding of engineering concepts by exploring a range of engineered objects, engineering problems and solutions. This allows them to explore some existing and emerging technologies and challenges and to consider the implications relating to the environment, sustainable development and economic and social issues.


Electronics and Control

Candidates explore a range of key concepts and devices used in electronic control systems, including analogue, digital and programmable systems. They develop skills in problem solving and evaluating through simulation, practical projects and investigative tasks in a range of contexts.


Mechanisms and Structures

Candidates develop an understanding of mechanisms and structures. They develop skills in problem-solving and evaluating through simulation, practical projects and investigative tasks in a range of contexts.



Course Assessment


To gain a National 5 award, learners must complete various unit tasks before completing the Final Course Assignment and a final written exam.


National 5


Question Paper – 110 marks


Final Course Assignment – 50 marks



At National 5 level, the course assessment is graded A–D with a learner’s overall grade determined by their performance in both the Final Course Assignment and the Question Paper.