Hydrogen: an Introduction for Technicians (SCQF level 7) PDA
Course code 009J
What is special about this course?
This course is aimed at anyone already employed in, or looking to pursue a career in, the energy sector, who wishes to gain a nationally recognised award.
The modules cover the safe handling of hydrogen gas, and the operation and design of the systems used to produce, store, transport, convert, and consume hydrogen as an alternative fuel in a range of renewable energy sectors. You will also learn about the science behind what makes hydrogen suitable as an alternative fuel.
This PDA is the only nationally recognised qualification in Scotland dedicated to hydrogen, and is delivered by highly skilled and knowledgeable staff. The award has been designed in close consultation with the Scottish hydrogen sector, so you can be sure that the content is relevant, up to date, and in accordance with industry needs.
- The only dedicated Hydrogen PDA in Scotland
- Developed in partnership with leading employers and sector bodies in hydrogen developments
- Taught by staff with extensive experience in hydrogen research
- Suitable for both work-based & college-based candidates
- Practical assignments can be completed on-site for work-based candidates
- Flexible study options
- 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above, PLUS National 5 Maths, Science and English OR
- 1 A level at grade D or above, PLUS GCSE Maths, Science and English
- Alternatively NC or HNC in a related discipline such as: Electrical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Engineering Systems; Manufacturing Engineering; Measurement and Control Engineering
- SVQ in Engineering Discipline such as Mechanical, Manufacturing or Electrical Engineering
- Mature learners with suitable relevant work experience may be accepted for entry at the discretion of the centre
Year 1 - PDA
You will study the following core modules:
- Safe hydrogen gas handling (SCQF level 6)
- Operating principles of a hydrogen facility (SCQF level 7)
- Design principles of a hydrogen system (SCQF level 8)
How will I study my course?
- Part-time (structured)
- Part-time (unstructured)
- You will learn through a combination of video-conference lectures and tutorials and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors
- For candidates in employment, practical assignments will be undertaken on-site with supervisory staff providing oversight
- For college based candidates, practical assignments will be simulated in labs and/or workshops
How long will my course last?
- Part-time (structured): 5 months @ 7.5 hours per week
- Part-time (unstructured): up to 1 year
Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.
Where can I study my course?
- Outer Hebrides
- Flexible start dates are available - for information on these, and how to apply for them, please contact UHI Outer Hebrides
For information on costs of this course please contact the campus where you wish to study.
External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.
What can I do on completion of my course?
Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider careers in:
- Hydrogen plant operation and maintenance
- Engineering technician
- Supervisory positions
Can I progress into further study?
You may wish to progress from PDA Hydrogen: an Introduction for Technicians (SCQF level 7) to the following courses:
- PDA Renewable Energy Systems
- HNC Engineering Systems (subject to satisfactory interview)
- SVQ Level 3 in Engineering Maintenance (sponsor required)
- Other Engineering awards in Higher Education
Is there more information available online?
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