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Electrical and Electronic Engineering National Extended Diploma level 3 – C2918

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Course Overview

From computers to telecommunications technologies, power generation and distribution to automated production systems, engineering is becoming an ever more important aspect of daily life.

This course is aimed at creating future technicians and engineers who wish to gain a broad-ranging qualification in the principles, design and practical aspects of electrical and electronics technologies.
This qualification has been designed as a two-year, full-time course that meets entry requirements in its own right for learners wanting to progress to employment in electrical and electronic engineering, such as a power engineering technician. Learners gain relevant skills and knowledge from studying a range of units, for example in electronic devices and circuits, power and energy systems, printed circuit board design and manufacture, microcontrollers and/or calculus. Progression could be either directly to employment in Level 3 job roles, higher apprenticeship programmes or via higher education courses in engineering.

If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven’t already achieved a grade 4 (C) or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

This programme offers a balance between understanding theory and principles and then applying this in a practical environment.

You will study a range of specialist electrical and electronic subjects including; electronic devices, electrical principles, measurement and testing, micro-controllers and mathematics.

On the practical side, you will develop knowledge in how to design, build and test electronic circuits, run simulations, and program microprocessor circuits.

Year 2

During your second year of study, you will undertake a major project which will enhance the skills and knowledge learnt during your first year other modules studied will include electronic fault-finding, electrical technology, analogue electronics, Further electrical principles, electrical machines and further mathematics.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference and 90% attendance at your last place of work or study. You will also require a GCSE in English, maths, science at grade 5 or above, plus one other subject at grade 5 or above, or equivalent.

Alternatively for progressing students, a minimum of a MERIT grade in the BTEC level 2 Certificate in Engineering together with a minimum of grade 4 GCSEs in maths and English.

All students will undertake a probationary period for the first six weeks of their programme. During this time, attendance, attitude, attainment and application towards study will be monitored. A final decision as to the most appropriate level and outcome will be discussed with you towards the end of your probationary period.

How you will be assessed

Assessments are completed via coursework, practical projects, written assignments, controlled assessments, and presentations. The work is completed over the course of two years. You will need to evidence in your work that your skills and understanding are sufficient to pass each unit or achieve higher grades. There will be an externally set examination for mathematics and engineering science and an externally set controlled practical assessment.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Tuition Fees (19+): £8583.00

Additional Costs

Depending on circumstances some learners may be required to pay an awarding body registration fee.

Material Fees



If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

If you are aged 19 or over there is no government funding available for this course. However you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan for the course fee.

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Course and Career progression

Upon successful completion of the course you can continue your studies at university in engineering-related fields or progress to a level 4 Higher National Certificate at Leicester College.
This qualification will also enable you to seek employment in a wide range of technician and trainee engineer roles within the engineering and technology industries. Typical roles may include design, testing, production, servicing, and maintenance.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website, or if your school uses the PS16 application system please apply through this and speak to your careers advisor if you are unsure. You will need details of your qualifications and employment history, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event/Interview at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you.

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