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Electrical/Electronic Engineering

Course Code: ECL1

Level: 3
Subject area: Engineering, Automotive & Marine
Awarding body: Pearson
Qualification: BTEC, Diploma
Course type: Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two years
When you'll study: Tuesdays, 9.00am - 8.00pm

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About the course

Do you want to become an electrical engineer or electronic engineer? Electrical, electronic and computer systems form the basis of almost any device you can imagine. On this BTEC Extended Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at City College Plymouth, you will continue to build up your bank of skills, knowledge and expertise. Studying this A Level equivalent engineering course will enable you to make a valuable contribution to creating and implementing the technology behind electronic products. You will be using industry standard software to design, simulate and manufacture examples of this technology. You will become adept at working in the electronic and electrical business environment but also be fully aware of the health and safety aspects that affect your work.

What you'll learn

In the first year you will study the following units:

  • maths for technicians
  • electrical / electronic principles
  • further electrical / electronic principles
  • applications of electronic devices
  • communications for technicians
  • applications of electrical machines

In year two you will study the following units:

  • communications for engineers
  • engineering project (double unit)
  • electronic measurement and test
  • further maths
  • three phase motors and drives.
Entry requirements

In our experience in order to be successful on this level of programme you will need one of the following:

  • four to five* GCSEs at grades A*-C (including English, maths and science)
  • a BTEC first diploma in a related subject
  • an NVQ level 2 / technical certificate in a related subject
  • successful completion of an apprenticeship programme
  • successful completion of the Gateway / Newstart programme
  • equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

* A Level candidates will be expected to have five GCSEs.


During the first year the majority of assessments will be a mix of in-class practical and time constrained tests. The second year will be more coursework based. All will involve exam type assessments and written assignments.

What's next?

Successful completion of this course provides entry level qualifications for the HNC or Foundation Degree Electrical and Electronic Engineering programmes at the College. Progression to outside institutions may depend on the UCAS points gained from the qualification.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete and return an application form.