Analogue Electronics An introduction SCQF Level 6

An introduction to key techniques and process relating to analogue electronics.


Why take this course?

This Unit has been designed to allow you to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in analogue electronic devices and circuits so that you can further your studies with more advanced Units which include analogue electronic devices. It can be used as a stand-alone Unit in analogue electronics if you do not wish to advance your studies beyond SCQF Level 6. It can also be used by other engineering students who wish to broaden their knowledge. You will have the opportunity to improve your knowledge, understanding and skills about discrete and integrated circuit semiconductor devices that are widely used in electronic circuits. 

Upon completion of the Unit you should be competent in the understanding of a wide range of analogue electronic devices, be able to interpret data sheets and gain practical skills in the handling and testing of components and circuits. You should also be able to recognise the relationship between the theoretical knowledge gained and the practical assignments undertaken.

What you will experience

Outcome 1 will introduce you to discrete and integrated circuit semiconductor devices used in electronic circuits - giving you a good knowledge and understanding of the characteristics and operation of these devices. Outcome 2 allows you to understand the practical applications of the devices studied in Outcome 1.  You will also gain valuable experience during Outcome 3 by carrying out some practical exercises using test equipment such as digital multimeters and dual beam oscilloscopes. You will learn about the operational amplifier which is widely used in analogue linear circuits to perform mathematical operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

The written assessment for this Unit will consist of one assessment paper lasting for one and a half hours. The assessment will be conducted under closed book, controlled, supervised conditions. You will not be allowed to take notes or textbooks into the assessment but you will be allowed to use a scientific calculator. The assessment will normally take place at the end of the Unit.

The practical assessment will consist of one practical laboratory exercise, selected by your lecturer, from Outcome 3 of this Unit. This assessment will take place under controlled and supervised conditions. You will be expected to carry out the practical assessment on an individual basis within a given time limit

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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. This may be evidenced by possession of some of the following NQ Units: D133 11 Semiconductor Applications: An Introduction, E9S2 12 Amplification and D186 11 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
40 Hours over 6 Months £125.00
Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form for this course and return it 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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