Digital Electronics SCQF Level 7

Explore fundamental concepts of digital electronics.


Why take this course?

The Unit is designed to enable candidates to know, understand and apply the basic concepts of digital electronics. It provides candidates with an opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills to be able to design and construct logic circuits to meet a design brief. On completion of the Unit candidates should be able to:
  1. Produce truth tables and associated Boolean expressions for logic gates
  2. Design combinational logic circuits using minimisation techniques
  3. Describe the operation of sequential logic circuits
  4. Construct logic circuits


What you will experience

This Unit will allow you to develop knowledge, understanding and skills associated with digital electronics which is the basis of digital control systems and computer technology. The early part of the course deals with the basic elements of number systems and digital electronics and should provide you with a good grounding in this subject area. For those who have studied digital electronics in an earlier course this Unit will provide some opportunities for revision.

The Unit will enable you to understand digital electronic systems. On completion, you should be able to read and draw circuit diagrams containing standard digital devices. You should also be able to use computer software to simulate and test functionality prior to the construction of digital circuits. By the end of the Unit you will be expected to explain combinational and sequential circuit operation and to construct digital circuits.

The final assessment will take the form of a short answer written test paper, lasting two hours, taken under supervised, controlled closed-book conditions. You will not be allowed to take notes, textbooks etc into the assessment. You will however have access to device data sheets. In order to allow you to show evidence of practical expertise, there will be a two hour build and test exercise. This latter exercise is likely to be conducted in a laboratory at a different time from the written assessment.


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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 of digital electronic engineering. This may be evidenced by possession of the following National Qualification courses: C027 12 Electronics, C025 11 Electronic and Electrical Fundamentals at Intermediate 2 or the following National Qualification Units: E9S3 04 Combinational Logic, E9SG 12 Sequential Logic and E9SB 12 Logic Families and Digital System Analysis.

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 Code
40 Hours over 6 Months
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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