Unit A56 – Electrical & Electronic Principles
Pearson BTEC Level 3 – EEP*
|L3E-A56 (BTEC single unit)
|BTEC Level 3 in Engineering
|Age min. 18 Yrs
This unit can be studied as a standalone TECOL Level 3 Award in Engineering, or as part of an Pearson Edexcel accredited BTEC Level 3 Engineering qualification.
Aim and purpose
This unit aims to give you knowledge of how electricity is produced and its different applications in a variety of sectors.
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The modern world relies on electrical and electronic devices – from mobile telephones to jet aeroplanes, these devices have had an enormous impact on the way we live today. Without early engineers such as Faraday and Lenz, who studied the then new concept of electricity, many of the inventions we now take for granted would not have been developed. The unit starts by developing and extending learners’ understanding of fundamental electrical and electronic principles through analysis of simple direct current (DC) circuits. Learners are then taken through the various properties and parameters associated with capacitance and inductance, before finally considering the application of single-phase alternating current (AC) theory. The unit will encourage learners to take an investigative approach through practical construction, measurement and testing of circuits and, where applicable, the use of computer-based circuit analysis and simulation. For learners wishing to follow an electrical/electronic programme, this unit is an essential building block that will provide the underpinning knowledge required for further study of electrical and electronic applications.
On completion of this unit you should:
1 Be able to use circuit theory to determine voltage, current and resistance in direct current (DC) circuits
2 Understand the concepts of capacitance and determine capacitance values in DC circuits
3 Know the principles and properties of magnetism
4 Be able to use single-phase alternating current (AC) theory
Requires access to some electronic components and instruments – see Support pages on kits & equipment