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September 2 Years Level 5 Full-Time Washington Campus University Level Qualification

What’s it all about?

Explore the main principles of electrical and electronic engineering to progress or start a career in this specialist sector. Engineering needs creative people who can solve problems and use speciailist skills to find solutions. This qualification will help you to further develop your skills and personal qualitities in specialist areas such as electronic design, power engineering, manufacture and maintenance.

Level 3 Diploma in Electrical/Electronic or Operations and Maintenance Engineering, a relevant A-Level programme or extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in your work sector.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire Course Fee £2300 P.A. You will be issued with£10 of printing allowance upon enrolment. Additional cost can include books/Journals etc.

You will be taught through a combination of:
- Classroom teaching
-Craft workshop activity
- Library/Learning Resource Centre work – drop-in
- Directed work with other students
- Directed private study
- Directed study in Learning Resource Centre

At level 5 you will typically have around 4.5 contact hours per week, per year, typically consisting of 5 hours or classroom learning. This is subject to change in line with unit/learning outcome requirements.

Classes would generally contain a maximum of 16 students.

Independent learning:
When not attending lectures, seminars and practical or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research, preparing coursework assignment and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Your independent learning is supported by a range of facilities, including the Learning Resource Centre and the college VLE (Moodle).

Overall workload:
Your overall workload will consist of 5 class contact hours and around 12.5 hours’ independent learning and assignment activity, with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 17 hours.

The following information gives you an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each: - 26 per cent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
- Teaching, learning and assessment - 5 hours
- Independent learning - 12.5 hours

Academic support:
Our HE Academic Support Tutor provides help in the following areas:
-Study skills (including reading, writing, note-taking and presentation skills)
-Written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
· Academic writing (including how to reference)
- Research skills (in conjunction with the learning centres)
- Critical thinking and understanding arguments
- Revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management)

Teaching staff:
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes lecturers and professional practitioners with current industry experience.

Our teaching is informed by the relevant practice within the sector and 100% of our lecturers have a teaching qualification.
The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each modules normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each unit outcome. Assessment methods can include practical assessment, written exams or formal assessments/assignments. The grades from formal assessment count towards your overall unit grade. Percentage of the course assessed by coursework.

The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows:
- Year 1 - 100% coursework
- Year 2 1- 00% coursework

You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module tutor.

Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. We aim to provide you with feedback within 10 working days of hand-in (practice assessments) and 15 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment.

Assessment methods could include written assignments, coursework, practical assessment or combination.

The course is designed for those already working in a relevant engineering role.

4 core units - Engineering Science (L4), Analytical Methods for Engineers (L4), Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation (L5), Electrical and Electronic Principles (L5). Specialist units – Health, Safety and Risk Assessment (L4), Engineering Design (


Our HE Academic Support Tutor can provide help with study skills, written English, academic writing, research skills, critical thinking and revision, assessment and examination skills.

What’s next?

This course enables progression to, or counts towards, an undergraduate degree or further professional qualification in electrical and/or electronic engineering or related area.

Putting careers first

This course is offered in partnership with the North East Institute of Technology (NEIoT) , which is a collaboration between education providers, Universities and leading employers within the sector. 
As a members of the North East Institute of Technology, Sunderland College will prepare you for progression into higher level study and technical employment, by accessing world class facilities and teaching from highly trained specialist staff who are industry professionals.

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