EAL Diploma in Engineering and Digital Manufacturing at SCQF Level 8

Engineering and manufacturing

This competence-based qualification is for learners who will undertake the Scottish Apprenticeship in Engineering and Digital Manufacturing at SCQF level 8. It can also be delivered for learners who will undertake the qualification but not as part of an apprenticeship.

This qualification is based on the Engineering and Digital Manufacturing apprenticeship standard and framework and the occupation profile agreed by the Engineering and Digital Manufacturing Technical Expert Group (TEG). Following wider engagement with the sector, the apprenticeship was approved by Apprenticeship Approvals Group in November 2021. This involved direct engagement with the industry in Scotland, which included employers and employees, industry experts, the sector skills council, trade unions, professional bodies, Awarding Bodies, Training Providers and other social partners.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, but it is recommended that applicants have either completed a modern apprenticeship in Engineering; or hold 2 or more SQA Highers, and Mathematics at National 5 or above; or hold a National Certificate (SCQF level 6) or a Higher National Certificate (SCQF level 7) qualification in Engineering, or equivalent.

However, employers can also consider existing workplace skills and experiences, where learners are either changing careers or upskilling. Being open to alternative assessment methods and relevant experience, instead of qualifications, can help to broaden the pool of potential applicants.


Learning through being observed, engaging in professional discussion, responding to work challenges and accumulating evidence of their progression and learning.

The delivery, assessment and SCQF credit and level of this qualification reflects continuous and cumulative learning and will provide evidence to support it