Power Electronics SCQF Level 7

Exploring the characteristics and applications of a range of power electronic devices.


Why take this course?

This Unit has been designed to develop candidates’ knowledge, understanding and skills in the characteristics and applications of a range of power electronic devices. Candidates will also study how these devices are electrically protected and cooled and will also consider a range of single phase a.c. to d.c. converter and d.c. to d.c. chopper circuits.

On completion of the Unit the candidate should be able to:

  • Analyse characteristics and applications of power electronic devices
  • Outline arrangements for protection/dissipation of heat from power electronic devices
  • Analyse operation and applications of single phase converters
  • Analyse operation and applications of dc to dc choppers.

What you will experience

Power Electronics devices and circuits are used extensively throughout industry and commerce for control purposes in a range of different equipment (e.g. the control of speed and torque in electrical motors).

In this Unit you will be provided with the opportunities to learn about the characteristics and applications of a range of modern power electronic devices. You will also learn about how such devices are electrically protected and cooled and you will consider the practical application of some of these devices by studying a range of single phase converter and d.c. chopper circuits.

Assessment for this Unit will comprise of one written test paper and one laboratory exercise. The written test will last one and half hours and will be taken under controlled, supervised conditions. You will take this test at the end of Unit delivery. You are likely to undertake the practical laboratory during the delivery of Outcome 3.


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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 general knowledge and understanding of electronics and electrical machines. This may be evidence by possession of the following HN Units: DN46 33 Analogue Electronics: An Introduction and DN4J 34 Electrical Machine Principles.

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
Email: enquiry@nescol.ac.uk

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