MCAST Foundation Certificate in Engineering

MCAST Foundation Certificate in Engineering

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MCAST Foundation Certificate in Engineering
Course Code ET2-02-16
MQF Level Level 2
Duration 1 year full-time
Awarding Body MCAST
Entry Requirements Finished Compulsory Education


MCAST Introductory Certificate

Other Entry Requirements Initial Assessment Tests


Applicants with SEC/O-Level passes at Grades 6 or 7 in at least two subjects from Maltese, English Language and Mathematics or “Secondary School Certificate and Profile” (SSC&P) at Level 1 or 2 will be exempted from the Initial Assessment Tests and will start directly at Level 2.


Course Description The programme is designed to provide an opportunity to students in possession of the School Leaving Certificate to follow a structured programme of study in Engineering. The programme includes a significant amount of hands-on practice and industry related activities that will help students form a clear idea of the nature of the engineering trade or vocation they intend to follow.  This one-year Level 2 programme provides a broad introduction to basic theoretical concepts and practical skills suitable for those students intending to start and further their studies in Engineering.    Key skills subjects also form an important integral part of this programme, giving students the opportunity to nurture their competences in key areas such as Language, Mathematics, Science and Technology and Information Technology.
Study/Course Delivery This programme of study leads to the achievement of key competencies. The emphasis is on the teaching methodology where embedding has been selected as the main pedagogical model. Vocational Units are used as a vehicle for achieving the objective.
Assessment Assessment of the programme is an integral part of the learning process. Varied assessment methods are employed. The learning process is completed by providing students with feedback that is both formative and summative in nature.
Programme Learning Outcomes 1. Use basic marking, measurement and hand tools found in an engineering workshop and produce basic engineering drawings

2. Use basic principles of mathematics and physics to represent and solve basic engineering problems

3. Construct and test a range of simple electrical and electronics circuits

4. Carry out basic milling, bench-fitting, turning techniques and welding tasks safely.

Core Study Units
  • Working in engineering
  • Introduction to Electrical Systems
  • Introduction to Electronic Systems
  • Basic Mechanical Engineering Techniques
  • Maltese
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Personal Development
  • Information Technology
  • Science and Technology


Specialist Units
Supplementary Units
Supporting Units
Optional Units
Progress After Completion
  • Any MCAST course at MQF Level 3
Career Opportunities