National 5 Practical Electronics (Course Code: C860 75)

SCQF Level 5 (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

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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 comprises three areas of study.

Practical Electronics: Circuit Design

You will:

Practical Electronics: Circuit Simulation

You will:

Practical Electronics: Circuit Construction

You will:

How will I be assessed?

Course Assessment

The course assessment has one component totalling 70 marks:

For the practical activity you will be asked to solve an appropriately challenging electronics problem. This will be set by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). Your work will be assessed by a visiting SQA assessor.

The course assessment is graded A-D.

Study Materials

** Please note there are no Past Papers for National 5 Practical Electronics available.

What can I go on to next?

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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