Electrical and Electronic Engineering Courses
What is the difference between electrical and electronic engineering?
Electrical and electronic engineering courses focus on giving you the skills you need to design, build, and configure electrical circuits and electronic devices. Electronic engineering is often regarded as a subdivision of electrical engineering. While electrical engineering focuses broadly on the generation and supply of power (both on a large and a small scale), electronic engineering typically focuses on the use of electrical circuits in electronic devices (such as microwaves, computers, and cellphones).
Study electrical and electronic engineering courses at Oxbridge Academy
At Oxbridge Academy, we give you the opportunity to complete your N1 – N3 electrical and electronic engineering courses via distance learning. This means that you can study on a part-time basis from home, without having to attend any formal classes. Instead, you will be able to work while you study, which gives you the opportunity to gain valuable practical experience while you complete your theoretical training. Studying via distance learning is therefore as great option if you want to further your studies without giving up the chance to enter into an apprenticeship, or to take up an entry-level position in your chosen technical field.
Have a look at the list below to see which electrical and electronic engineering courses are available at Oxbridge Academy:
- National Certificate: N1 Engineering Studies (Electrical Engineering) (SAQA ID 67109)
- National Certificate: N2 Engineering Studies (Electrical Engineering) (SAQA ID 67375)
- National Certificate: N3 Engineering Studies (Electrical Engineering) (SAQA ID: 67491)
What are the entry requirements for electrical engineering training courses?
The entry requirements differ from one course to another. If you want to study an N1-level Electrical or Electronical Engineering course, for example, you will need to have passed at least Grade 10 (with Maths and Science as subjects). If you want to study the N2 – N6-level courses, you will need to have completed the previous N-level (or equivalent).
If you want to study towards a degree in electrical engineering, you will need to go to university. This means that you will need Grade 12 with university exemption, as well as good marks in Maths and Science.
In some cases, you may be able to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), which allows you to study a course without meeting all of the academic entry requirements. This is useful if you have been working for a number of years, but you need to complete a formal qualification in order to become fully qualified, or to apply for a certain job.
What can I do after I have completed my studies in electrical engineering?
This depends on the type of course you have completed. If you have completed an N2-level certificate (or higher), and gained some practical experience, you may be able to take your trade test, and work as an artisan in the field of electrical engineering.
If you are still busy studying towards an N-level course, or if you have completed any of your N-level courses, you may also be able to apply for an apprenticeship, or for an entry-level technical job in electrical engineering. If you have completed a degree in electrical engineering, you will be able to start your career by looking for an internship or junior position as an electrical engineer.
Once you have completed your studies, and gained some practical experience, you could either decide to continue working for an employer, or you could:
- Start your own business.
- Work as an independent contractor.
- Move into a training role, where you help train apprentices or aspiring electrical engineers.
- Study a course in another (relevant) field, such as project management, and move into a more managerial role in the field of electrical engineering.