- 3 GCSE D Grades (including English and Maths) or
- A Pass in a relevant Level 1 qualification and a GCSE Grade D in English or Maths
If you do not meet these entry requirements please ask about our Entry Level Vocational Studies courses
This Vocationally-Related Qualification (VRQ) has been developed in close consultation with the Electronics Examination Board (EEB) to ensure that it meets the industry needs. In addition to this, EAL has consulted with industry throughout the development of this qualification to ensure that the structure and content meet the sector's needs with the following objectives:
- give the candidate a full understanding of the skills and competencies required by someone working in the electronics industry
- provide an important progression route into employment
- provide the electronics industry with a pool of staff with a national recognised qualification
- provide a very useful recruitment tool for electronics companies saving them time and money on unsuitable employees
- provide a popular qualification for students as they get to understand the full requirements of the job.
Who is the course suitable for?
This qualification has been designed for candidates who:
- wish to become a repair and/or installation technician or even gain a position in electronics retail industry
- are looking to progress with their career in Electronics
- wish to learn and develop new skills.
This course prepares you with skills and knowledge in a variety of topics that will prepare you for the next level of education or a job in the Engineering Sector. You will need to be prepared to attend college 3 days per week and attend work experience.
This qualification covers electrical circuits, electronics, electronic components and electronic systems.
You will also have the opportunity to upgrade Maths and English GCSE subjects.
Development of Maths and English
Students who have not yet achieved at least a C grade in English and Maths will have to continue taking these subjects up to the age of 18, as per government requirements.
At Central Bedfordshire College Students who have a D in GCSE Maths and English will be required to retake these GCSE subjects in order to obtain at least a C grade at GCSE level.
Students who have achieved GCSE A C Grade in English and Maths will be expected to develop their skills further completing an applied English and/or Maths project.
Employability Skills Development
Your study programme includes 1 hour per week of employability skills development which includes Careers Education, support and guidance on progression opportunities.
How will the course be taught?
You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced professionals who will use a wide variety of teaching methods to help you to learn and progress to the next level. Lectures, discussions, independent research online exams and practical tasks.
How will I know how well I am doing?
Every student has a personal tutor who will meet with their tutees on a regular basis to ensure they are making good progress. Tutors make sure that you receive regular feedback, manage your workload and meet college expectations.
Are there any additional costs?
Coming to college is a full time commitment and you will need to ensure that you have factored in the cost of travelling to college and potentially to a local work placement. We do recommend a few good resources that you can choose to purchase if you wish. We may request contributions are made to trips and outings.
What course can I do next?
You can progress into employment or onto the following Level 3 EAL qualifications:
- EAL Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology
Alternatively you could look for work in related fields such as:
- Intermediate Apprenticeship in Electronic Engineering
- Electronic Maintenance Engineer
- Electronic Engineer
- Marine Engineer
Where can I get further support / advice?
Contact the college on 01582 477 776 or go to our website: www.centralbeds.ac.uk
How do I join the course?
Fill in an application form and you will be invited for a presentation and interview with one of the tutors.
If you are aged 19 or over on the 31st August of the year you begin your course or if you are actively seeking employment and can provide evidence that youre in receipt of a state benefit e.g. job seekers, housing benefit- this course may be free!