Statics & Strength of Materials SCQF Level 7

Explore the basic concepts and theorems of statics and strength of materials.


Why take this course?

This Unit has been designed to allow you to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in basic static and strength of materials concepts and theorems that underpin so much of more advanced studies in mechanical engineering. If you have studied these subjects before, the early parts of this Unit will provide you with an opportunity to revise the concepts and theorems you have learnt in previous courses. 

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

What you will experience

You will have the opportunity to study the ways in which a variety of methods such as nodal analysis, vector analysis and method of section can lead to the same results and that material properties are extremely important within design.

Theoretical knowledge and understanding is extremely valuable, but it is also important that you are able to set your theoretical knowledge within a practical mechanical context. It is therefore a priority that during the unit, you will be provided with the opportunity to relate theory to practice through practical experiments and computer simulations (based on mechanical problems). By the end of the Unit you will be expected to solve static and strength of material problems using the concepts and theorems you have learned. You will also be expected to sketch vector, shear force and bending moment diagrams.

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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 an advantage if candidates had a knowledge and understanding of mathematics and/or physics. This may be shown through achievement of Higher Maths and/or Physics, or a National Certificate in Engineering.

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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