SQA Advanced Diploma Electronic Engineering (Fixed Framework)

The SQA Advanced Diploma in Electronic Engineering provides learners with a progression route into employment. It also provides opportunities for further study, including university degree programmes.

The SQA Advanced Diploma in Electronic Engineering (SCQF level 8) develops practical engineering skills and provides theoretical knowledge of the principles of analogue and digital electronics. It covers all the fundamental aspects of electronic engineering, including testing, fault-finding, construction, and solving electronics problems.

The SQA Advanced Diploma in Electronic Engineering is available through a growing number of colleges and universities around the world.

Typically, an SQA Advanced Diploma takes two years to complete.

Why deliver this qualification

SQA Advanced Diplomas have been developed by SQA in partnership with colleges, universities and industry — so employers recognise that they provide sound evidence of ability.

The unit-based structure supports flexible delivery. A unit is typically 40 hours of timetabled learning.

Who does this qualification suit

SQA Advanced Diploma in Electronic Engineering is suitable for a wide range of candidates including:

  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • individuals in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects in the electronic engineering industry
  • people who wish to start their own business


As with all SQA qualifications, entry is decided by the college or learning provider. As a guide, the college or learning provider will look for:

  • school-leaving qualifications equivalent to RQF level 3 or SCQF level 6
  • a centre-devised test which shows the learner's ability to study at SQA Advanced Diploma level
  • relevant work experience


The SQA Advanced Diploma in Electronic Engineering can provide advanced entry to degree-level study or a masters degree programme. For further information please refer to the SQA university agreements.

The SQA Advanced Diploma in Electronic Engineering is designed to lead to employment as an electronic development engineer, test technician, installation and/or maintenance engineer or similar position in a related industry.

Offer this qualification

Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority require to come forward for approval and should contact SQA's Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

How to assess

Each unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements and approaches to assessment for the unit.

Ongoing course assessment will apply.

Qualification structure

Group award code: GM5D 48 (240 SCQF credit points)

The SQA Advanced Diploma in Electronic Engineering at SCQF level 8 consists of 28 units.

Course tutor guide (including course framework)

For further information on the structure and units for this course please refer to the Course Tutor Guide - GM5D 48 (513 KB)

Unit Specifications