Pneumatics & Hydraulics SCQF Level 7

A detailed study of pneumatic and hydraulic systems.


Why take this course?

Pneumatic and hydraulic systems are used extensively in industry - mechanical technicians and incorporated engineers should therefore have knowledge, understanding and skills in using these systems. 

This is a mandatory Unit within the HNC/HND Mechanical Engineering Group Award. It may also be part of other Group Award or taken as a single HN Unit. It has been designed to give you a thorough understanding of the operation and maintenance requirements of pneumatic and hydraulic systems, and is particularly suitable for those who are training to become mechanical technicians or incorporated engineers. 

Credit points and level: 1 HN credit at SCQF level 7: (8 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 7)

What you will experience

As you work through the content you will be provided with lots of opportunity to design, assemble and test either a pneumatic or hydraulic system and to develop fault finding skills on a practical or simulated fluid power system containing faults. 

The Unit is likely to be delivered within a practical laboratory environment, where you will be provided with the opportunity to undertake a significant amount of hands-on, practical work. Health and safety will be emphasised throughout, and the unit will be assessed on an outcome by outcome basis:

  • Outcome 1 should be assessed using one single assessment paper taken at a single assessment event that should last no more than one hour. This assessment should be conducted under closed-book, supervised, controlled conditions.
  • Outcome 2 should be assessed by means of an assignment in which the candidate designs, assembles and tests a pneumatic or hydraulic power and control circuit to meet a given design specification. Candidate evidence should take the form of a functional circuit and a written report.
  • Outcome 3 should be assessed using an assignment in which the candidate is set the task of undertaking fault finding on a practical or simulated faulty fluid power system. The system should contain a minimum of two constructional and two operational faults. Candidates should provide written evidence in the form of a report.
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Entry requirements

It would be an advantage to have achieved one of the following HN units:

  • Engineering Principles
  • Thermofluids
  • Engineering Drawing
  • Materials Selection 

However, completion of one of these units is not absolutely essential. 

What you will need

Students are responsible for securing any unit resources listed.

What you need to know

Anything else?

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

This course is classed as ‘in-house’. In–house classes may be delivered via the following methods: day class, night class or short course. For information regarding the method of delivery please contact Distance Learning Co-ordinators 01346 586136/506014 or

Next steps




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.

Please note that timetabling changes can often occur after the Part-time Course Guide is published, and as a result the printed version of the guide may not hold the most up-to-date information.

We therefore advise you that all start dates and times listed on the website are at all times accurate, and should be used as your main point of reference before booking your course.

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