Engineering Maths 1 SCQF Level 6

Explore techniques, concepts and equations commonly found in engineering.


Why take this course?

This Unit is designed to develop or consolidate a basic level of mathematical skills required of learners across a range of Engineering disciplines.

The Unit provides learners with opportunities to develop knowledge, understanding and skills to solve mathematical problems including polynomial, trigonometrical, exponential and logarithmic functions. Learners will also be introduced to 3-dimensional vectors and complex numbers.

What you will experience

Learners will be expected to successfully complete each Outcome.

Outcome 1: Solve problems involving functions and trigonometric equations.

  • Properties of functions
  • Inverse functions
  • Composite Functions
  • Trigonometric equations

Outcome 2: Solve problems involving exponential and logarithmic equations.

  • Knowledge and/or Skills
  • Evaluation of logarithmic and exponential expressions
  • Transposition from logarithmic to exponential form and vice versa
  • Laws of logarithms
  • Graphics of logarithmic and exponential functions

Outcome 3: Apply mathematical techniques involving vectors and complex numbers.

  • Knowledge and/or Skills
  • Collinearity
  • Addition, subtraction and scalar multiplication of vectors
  • Scalar product
  • Conversion of complex numbers between rectangular and polar form
  • Addition and subtraction of complex numbers
  • Multiplication and division of complex numbers
  • Representation of complex numbers on an Argand Diagram
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Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course requires you to manage your workload independently, and will involve attendance at a campus or centre - often for assessment purposes only.

Subject area

Entry requirements

It would be advantageous if learners had good algebraic skills together with an ability to transpose engineering formulae and solve simple trigonometric equations. This knowledge and understanding may be evidenced by possession of the NQ Unit Mathematics: Technician 1 or a pass at Intermediate 2 or National 5 in Mathematics

What you will need

Students are responsible for securing unit resources listed.

What you need to know

Additional costs

This course involves an additional SQA fee. Please see our Courses Explained page for further information on costs.

Anything else?

Please note that fee waivers may apply. Find out more about funding for part-time courses.

Next steps




This course requires some attendance at College, often for assessment purposes only. Please enquire about expectations for your specific course when booking.

Attendance is usually at the Aberdeen City Campus or Fraserburgh Campus.

Pre-entry guidance is required prior to booking a place on this course. Please contact Distance Learning Co-ordinators Sheena Thomson or Susan Smith by email, or phone 01346 586136 in the first instance for more information. When submitting your distance learning application form, please ensure you attach the additional information sheet listing qualifications and previous knowledge with your application. You may be required to attend College for assessment. Please check if this is a requirement for your course.

Duration Fees* Code
40 Hours over 6 Months £125.00
Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form and additional information form for this course and return them to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

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