Utilisation of Electrical Energy in Buildings SCQF Level 8

Learn about the use of energy in various types of building, in relation to electrical engineering.


Why take this course?

This Unit will enhance your knowledge and skills in relation to electrical engineering in buildings.  It is designed to develop knowledge and competence related to the specification of services required for the utilisation of electrical energy in buildings.

The Unit provides candidates with the opportunity to appreciate concepts of heating, lighting, ventilation and air-conditioning systems and to develop the skills necessary to solve design problems on these systems.  On completion, candidates should be able to:

  • Specify the requirements and characteristics of electrical heating systems.
  • Specify the requirements and characteristics of lighting systems.
  • Specify the requirements and characteristics of ventilation and air-conditioning systems.

What you will experience

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the space heating, lighting and ventilation/air-conditioning systems in buildings, whilst building the skills necessary to solve design problems on these systems.

Outcome 1 considers the factors which relate to the design of space heating systems in buildings and gives you an appreciation of how heat energy in transmitted through various mediums e.g. air, walls windows etc. You will gain an understanding of the heating requirements of a particular application and will be able to use manufacturer’s data to select the most appropriate space heating appliance to satisfy these requirements.

Outcome 2 deals with the factors and terminology of lighting systems and allows you to become familiar with lighting design concepts. You will be able to relate lighting requirements to factors such as the room dimensions and the application for which an area is to be used and will develop your design skills in selecting the most appropriate luminaires and the correct level of illumination for a given application. You will also come to appreciate the effects of glare and colour rendering within your design considerations.

Outcome 3 allows you to develop your understanding of ventilation and air-conditioning systems and to appreciate the need for such systems to provide a comfortable environment.
By the time you have completed this Unit you will have gained a greater understanding of the various building services in buildings and will be able to specify band select the most appropriate appliances for the heating, lighting and ventilation/air-conditioning of such premises.

The assessments for this Unit will be undertaken at the end of each Outcome. You will be expected to undertake an assignment for each of the three Outcomes to show your appreciation of the features of space heating, lighting and ventilation/air-conditioning systems and to design systems which maintain appropriate conditions in a given environment. These assignments will be undertaken by you during the delivery period of the relevant Outcome. You will be provided with manufacturer’s data and specification sheets and relevant codes and psychometric information during the 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 broad knowledge and understanding of electrical principles and their application in a building services context. You should also have an understanding of the principles and applications of mathematics in an electrical environment. This may be evidenced by the possession of the following Higher National Units: DG54 34 Single Phase A.C. Circuits, DG4H 33 Mathematics for Engineering 1: Electronics and Electrical.

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
18 Weeks £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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