National 4 Practical Electronics (Course Code: C760 74)

SCQF Level 4 (24 SCQF credit points)

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Why study Practical Electronics?

Electronics is vital to everyday life in our society. It continues to be a major contributor to the economy. It is important to areas such as manufacturing, finance, telecommunications, oil extraction, weather forecasting and renewable energy.

This course gives you a broad practical introduction to electronics and its impact on society. You will learn a range of practical skills through projects and investigative tasks. You will develop analysis, evaluation and problem solving skills, and learn how to use a range of tools and equipment.

The skills you learn from this course are suitable for careers in a wide range of scientific or engineering fields.

Career Pathways

To see what career areas this subject could lead to and the routes to get there, download and view these career pathways:

Communications and Media


Garage Services

Manufacturing Industries

Performing Arts

Transport and Distribution

What do I need to get in?

The school or college will decide on the entry requirements for the course. You would normally have achieved:

What will I study?

This course aims to help you develop a range of technological skills. You will learn analysis and problem solving skills, circuit design, safe use of tools and equipment, and evaluation of electronics. You will also learn about key concepts in electronics, and how to apply these in a variety of contexts. And, you will develop an awareness of the impact of electronics on society and the environment.

The course has three compulsory units, plus an added value unit that assesses your practical skills. 

Practical Electronics: Circuit Design (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Practical Electronics: Circuit Simulation (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Practical Electronics: Circuit Construction (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Added Value Unit: Developing an Electronic Solution (6 SCQF credit points) - this is not mandatory for the session 2022-23

In this unit you will:

How will I be assessed?

Your teacher or tutor will assess your work on a regular basis throughout the course. Items of work might include:

You must pass all units to gain the course qualification.

What can I go on to next?

If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in:

Which jobs are related to this subject?

Where can my parents find out more?

Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.

They can also read the information leaflet(s):

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