Level 3 National Diploma Engineering - Advanced Electronics

This two-year, full-time course equivalent to 2 A levels meets entry requirements for learners wanting to progress to employment in electrical and electronic engineering,


Academic Year: 2023/24
Course Code: 10423
Campus: Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn
Study Type: Full-Time
Education Level Further Education
Department: Electronic Engineering

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Course Overview

This two-year, full-time course equivalent to 2 A levels meets entry requirements for learners wanting to progress to employment in electrical and electronic engineering, such as a power engineering technician. Learners gain relevant skills and knowledge from studying a range of units, for example in electronic devices and circuits, programmable logic controllers, printed circuit board design and manufacture, microcontrollers and/or calculus. Progression could be either directly to employment in Level 3 job roles, higher apprenticeship programmes or via higher education courses in engineering.

Modules studied in year 1 include:

  • Engineering Principles
  • Delivery of Engineering Processes safely as a Team
  • Engineering product Design and Manufacture
  • Applied Commercial and Quality Principles in Engineering
  • Electronic Devices and Circuits
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Electronic Printed Circuit Board Design and Manufacture

Units studied in year 2 include:        

  • Microcontroller Systems for Engineers       
  • A Specialist Engineering Project         
  • Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems        
  • Power and Energy Electronics       
  • Three Phrase Electrical Systems       
  • Computer Programming       
  • Electronic Measurement and Testing of Circuits        
  • Digital and Analogue Electronic Systems

In addition to the above units you will also work towards a Professional/ Personal Development qualification and will be involved in a range of activities, designed to improve employability within the Engineering sector.

You will be required to complete Essential Skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT if you do not have a GCSE grade C in English, Math's or ICT.

You will attend college a minimum of 16.75 hours per week

Assessment for this programme is carried out on a continuous basis using a combination of written assignments and practical assessments for nine units. Engineering Principles and Engineering Product Design and Manufacture will require an external exam in year 1.

You would like a career within the Electronic Engineering sector for examples Robotics systems

About Product Design and Manufacture, PLC’s and Electronic Devices and Circuits

That this course can help you succeed in a highly competitive job market by developing your knowledge and skills that employers are looking for. 

Successful completion of this course will enable you to apply for jobs in the sector or further study on one of our HE Engineering programmes

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths. English at Grade D or above. 1 of the other GCSEs should be in a STEM subject area.

Or a Level 2 Diploma in Engineering (Pass) plus Level 2 Essential Skills in Numeracy and Literacy.

An interview is required before enrolling on the programme and there will be a short entry test on the day of enrolment to ensure that you are ready for the course. 

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