Course Brief

Unit Abstract:

The increasing use of electronic circuitry in motor vehicle control systems has contributed to advances in safety, comfort and economy. New applications, often incorporating microprocessor hardware, continue to be introduced. It is thus essential for motor vehicle engineers to be familiar with the operation of electronic circuits and methods of fault diagnosis.

Learning outcome 1 will provide learners with knowledge of electronic principles, circuit components and test procedures. In learning outcome 2, learners are introduced to the various types of sensors, actuators and display units used in motor vehicle control and driver information
systems. Learning outcome 3 provides knowledge of microprocessor hardware applications and the suppression methods used to prevent interaction between systems. Learning outcome 4 will provide learners with the opportunity to apply their knowledge of vehicle electronics and circuitry to the systematic testing and fault diagnosis of vehicle control and information systems.


  • This course is offered in 45 hours.
  • BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Automotive Engineering

    The main aims of the BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Automotive Engineering are to:

    • Prepare students for a range of technical, professional and management career disciplines in automotive engineering by providing them with the core knowledge, skills and techniques required.
    • Enable students to make an immediate contribution in employment within the automotive engineering sector.
    • Provide students with a flexible progression pathway  to an undergraduate degree or further professional qualification in automotive engineering.
    • Develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life.