Analogue Electronic Principles SCQF Level 7

This course will develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in analogue electronic devices and circuits.


Why take this course?

This is a mandatory Unit within the HNC/HND Electronics Group Awards, or may be taken as single HN Unit. It has been designed to give you the skills needed to progress to more advanced units in analogue electronics, and can be used as a stand-alone unit in analogue electronics for those who do not wish to advance their studies beyond SCQF Level 7 (HNC). Other engineering students who wish to broaden their knowledge can also use it. 

HNC/HND candidates will have the opportunity to improve their knowledge of discrete and integrated circuit semiconductor devices that are widely used in electronic circuits. 

By the end of the Unit you will be competent in the understanding of a wide range of analogue electronic devices, be able to interpret data sheets and will have gained valuable practical skills in the handling and testing of components and circuits. You will be able to recognise the relationship between theory and practice - for example, how the use of computer simulation will allow you to analyse circuit operation before carrying out the practical work.

Credit points and level: 2 HN credit at SCQF level 7: (16 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 7)

What you will experience

You will study four main outcomes:

Outcome 1 will introduce you to a wide range of discrete semiconductor devices used in electronic circuits. This will give you a good knowledge and understanding of how to operate these devices.

Outcomes 2 and 3 allow you to understand the practical applications of the discrete devices studied in the first outcome. You will also gain experience in computer simulation and practical work.

Outcome 4 will cover the operational amplifier, which is widely used in analogue linear circuits to perform mathematical operations including addition and subtraction.

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Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course requires you to manage your workload independently, and will involve attendance at a campus or centre - often for assessment purposes only.

Subject area

Entry requirements

Candidates should have a basic knowledge and understanding of analogue electronic devices. Possession of a Higher in Electronics, C027 12, or some of the following NQ units may evidence this:

  • D133 11 Semiconductor Applications: An Introduction 
  • E9SA 11 An introduction to Semiconductor Applications 
  • E9S2 12 Amplification 
  • D186 11/12 Applied Electronics

What you will need

Students are responsible for securing unit resources listed.

What you need to know

Additional costs

This course involves an additional SQA fee. Please see our Courses Explained page for further information on costs.

Anything else?

Please note that fee waivers may apply. Find out more about funding for part-time courses.

Next steps




This course requires some attendance at College, often for assessment purposes only. Please enquire about expectations for your specific course when booking.

Attendance is usually at the Aberdeen City Campus or Fraserburgh Campus.

Pre-entry guidance is required prior to booking a place on this course. Please contact Distance Learning Co-ordinators Sheena Thomson or Susan Smith by email, or phone 01346 586136 in the first instance for more information. When submitting your distance learning application form, please ensure you attach the additional information sheet listing qualifications and previous knowledge with your application. You may be required to attend College for assessment. Please check if this is a requirement for your course.

Duration Fees* Code
80 Hours over 12 Months £250.00
Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form and additional information form for this course and return them to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

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