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Engineering Science

Engineering Science is a study of the roles of engineers in society, and of the knowledge and skills modern engineers are likely to have.

Topics and skills covered in the course include:

  • Engineering contexts and challenges – types of engineering and engineering projects, economic, social and environmental impacts of engineering; emerging technologies; energy and efficiency.
  • Systems and control – the systems approach to engineering; energy systems; open and closed loop control; two state control; proportional control.
  • Electronic systems – analogue electronics, including Ohm’s law, Kirchoff’s laws, resistors in series and parallel, electrical power, voltage dividers, transistor switching circuits, transistors as drivers, op-amp functions and circuit design; digital electronics including logic circuits, truth tables, Boolean expressions and NAND equivalents; microcontrollers including high-level programming techniques.
  • Mechanical systems– motion and forces; mechanisms and drive systems; pneumatic systems; beams and frame structures; and material properties (including analysis of test results).


  • Engineering Science is recommended as a pupil choice along with Mathematics, Physics and/or Computing Science – it should not be seen as a replacement for other science subjects.
  • Strong skills in Mathematics are required to succeed in Engineering Science.
  • There will be regular homework.
  • Meeting deadlines and being resilient are important features of being successful in this course – you will be expected to carry out tasks in your own time. 

Progression Routes

  • National 4/5 Engineering Science
  • Pupils returning into S5/6 may progress on to Higher following attainment of a passing N5 grade.

Related Careers - Engineering Science

College courses that Engineering Science will support entry into include:                     

  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering         
  • Engineering Systems & Renewables
  • Manufacturing Engineering                       
  • Mechanical & Automotive Engineering                
  • Robotics and Automation                          
  • Petroleum Engineering

University courses that Engineering Science will support entry into include:      

  • Aeronautical Engineering              
  • Chemical Engineering       
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering          
  • Mechanical Engineering    
  • Structural Engineering
  • Civil Engineering                            
  • Product Design Engineering