Design Engineering & Technology at Kirkcaldy High School

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Engineering Science

National Courses reflect Curriculum for Excellence values, purposes and principles. They offer flexibility, provide more time for learning, more focus on skills and applying learning, and scope for personalisation and choice.

Every course provides opportunities for candidates to develop breadth, challenge and application. The focus and balance of assessment is tailored to each subject area.

The Engineering Science course provides progression mainly from the craft, design, engineering and graphics experiences and outcomes. It also builds on some science experiences and outcomes, prior learning in mathematics and numeracy and aspects of technological developments in society.

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, and it is important there are more young people with an informed view of engineering.

The course encourages candidates to become successful, responsible and creative in using technologies and to develop a range of qualities, including flexibility, perseverance, confidence and enterprise.


National Parent Forum of Scotland

The National Parent Forum of Scotlands ‘Nutshell’ Series gives the key facts about National Qualifications. In these documents you’ll find out about National 4, National 5 and Higher Engineering Science including the details of course assessment.

National 4

Engineering Science Nutshell

National 5

N5 Engineering Nutshell


Higher Engineering Nutshell


SQA Engineering

More information including subject updates, course specifications and FAQs can be found on the SQA website here.

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