Entry requirements

Please see our Entry Requirements page for general entry requirement guidance.

You must have successfully completed the Foundation Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering Year 1.


This is a one year full-time course and is usually studied four days per week covering 9 units of study.


This course is designed as an extension to the Foundation Diploma in Engineering. It will introduce you to a broader range of topics, building on the Foundation Diploma to give a total of 18 units, which could be relevant to your long term employment whether that is immediately after completing the course or after having completed a degree course.

There are 9 units to be studied during the year to add to the Foundation Diploma. At the end of the two years you will have an overall qualification that is equivalent to 3 A Levels.

What will I study?

On the Extended Diploma you will study further units of electrical, electronic and computer-based units to give a very broad understanding of the electrical and electronic industries and theories. An example of some of the units that may be studied are shown below:

There is an opportunity to apply the knowledge you have when designing and developing your own ideas and producing an electrical/electronic project. You can even enter it into a regional engineering competition which has been won by previous students. Some examples of previous projects are:

How will I be assessed?

As with the Foundation Diploma, this is done continuously throughout the year by completing a series of assignments. Each of the units you study will have 3 to 4 assignments for you to complete to demonstrate your understanding.


Depending on the complexity of the project work, students will need to provide a contribution to the cost of their materials.

What could it lead to?

You can go on to study a higher level course such as a HNC/HND or onto a degree at university. It is always important to investigate the entry requirement of engineering degrees as many will require A Level Maths and Physics or a BTEC Further Maths unit within your Extended Diploma. You can also go onto an Advanced Apprenticeship in the field of engineering, or employment.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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