Intermediate Course

Intermediate License Course Manual

Course Manual

Once you have gained experience at the Foundation level we are sure you will want to take the next step up – this is the Intermediate Amateur Radio licence. The Intermediate licence gives access to the Intermediate frequency allocations within the amateur bands and Permitted power levels are increased to 50 watts.

To obtain the Intermediate licence it is advisable to take a training course. This course is longer than the Foundation course and aims to teach many of the fundamentals of radio in a stimulating way by actually undertaking practical tasks such as soldering, building a small project and a variety of other exercises building on the experience you have gained as a Foundation licence holder.

Students in the lecture room

Students in the lecture room

After completing the course candidates sit the Intermediate Licence Examination. Again this examination is a multiple-choice test based on what was learned on the course, covering the basic concepts of radio operating on the amateur bands and the licence conditions. With both of these successfully completed an Intermediate licence can be applied for.

Our courses are open to anybody who wants to undertake them, you do not have to be a member of the Southport & District Amateur Radio Club.

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Special Exam Requirements

If you have special exam requirements it is important that you read and understand our Special Exam Requirements policy before applying. This policy has been put in place to try and and assure you of the best possible support during the practical assessments and examinations.

Information about the course

If, having read the information below, you have any questions about the course, please contact our Course Administrator.

Timetable

The Southport & District Amateur Radio Club (SADARC) runs its Intermediate courses on a distance learning basis culminating in two classroom based days.
Distance learning

We don’t hold any formal classes for the teaching of the theory. Rather, students are encouraged to read the course manual, “Intermediate Licence – Building on the Foundation” and use virtual classroom, to which all enrolled students are given access, to view additional materials not found in the manual and undertake quizes containing sample questions.

You will also be able to discuss any questions you may have with your fellow students and the course instructors in the virtual classroom.
Classroom based sessions

At the end of the course all students will need to attend our two classroom based sessions, during which the practical assignments, revision sessions and exam will be undertaken. The days start at 09:00 and finish at approximately 17:00. At the end of the second day you will sit the multiple-choice examination.

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Course Dates

Below are the dates of our next Intermediate courses.

Courses start promptly at 09:00 each day so you are asked to be on-site for 08:45 in good time for the start. They finish at approximately 16:30 on both days.

The second session will include the test and you will be informed of your mark which will be subject to confirmation by the RSGB.

 

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Cost of Course

The course costs £88 and this includes the hire of the course/exam venue, refreshments, a copy of the course manual, project kit and your examination fee.

Full payment for the course is required with your application.

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Course Venue

The course is run at Cottage Lane Mission, Ormskirk.

The building is equipped to handle the requirements of those with disabilities and has ample parking on the premises and in nearby roads.

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Syllabus

The Intermediate Level Certificate in Radio Communications Specification shows you what you will need to know to pass the Intermediate Course and all of this is covered during the course and in the course manual which you will receive as part of your registration pack.

We encourage all delegates to read the course manual a few times before they attend the course as it will help with your understanding of the subjects taught on the course.

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Assessment

Assessment for the course consists of two parts; a practical and an examination.

The practical assessments are undertaken on the first of the two classroom based sessions, during which you will be required to undertake a number of practical tasks, culminating in the building of a working electronic circuit from a kit of parts that you will be supplied with.

Following the revision session on the second of the classroom based sessions you will sit an examination that lasts 75 minutes and consists of multiple choice questions. You will be given an indicative mark on the day, but your official results will be posted to you by the RSGB approximately ten days after they received the marked papers from us.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Class sizes and age limits

Class sizes and age limits

We like to limit our courses to between six and ten candidates since we find that this atmosphere is more conducive to learning and it enables us devote more time to the candidates individual learning requirements.

We have no age limit on our courses.

What do I need to bring to the classroom based sessions?

What do I need to bring to the classroom based sessions?

In addition to pens, a notepad, and a packed lunch, there are a few essential tools which you will need to bring such as long nose pliers, side snips, craft knife, screwdriver, solder sucker and a non-programmable scientific calculator.

Specific details of everything you need to bring with you for each day is included in the checklist for the intermediate course which will be sent to you on receipt of your completed application forms.

Do I need to join the Southport & District Amateur Radio Club (SADARC) or the RSGB?

Do I need to join the Southport & District Amateur Radio Club (SADARC) or the RSGB?

There is no requirement for you to join either organisation before attending the course. You will however find that joining a local amateur radio club will prove very beneficial as you begin this new and exciting hobby. You will be able to learn from the more experienced members, as well as participating in various club activities, including for example, their ‘on-the-air’ evenings – an excellent opportunity to gain operating experience under the watchful eye of ‘Advanced’ licensed radio amateurs. SADARC membership will enable you to meet many other club members and chat about amateur radio.

Catchment area

Catchment area

We are happy to accept candidates from all over Europe – we have had a student from Czech Rebuplic who passed his Foundation Course with us and has since gone on to pass his Intermediate Course with us.

However, our more traditional catchment area includes West Lancashire (Ormskirk, Burscough, Bickerstaffe, Lathom, Newburgh, Up Holland, Wrightington, Skelmersdale, Aughton, Parbold, Tarleton and Rufford), Lancashire (Chorley, Mawdesly, Croston, Bretherton and Euxton), Wigan, St. Helens, Liverpool, Merseyside and Sefton (Southport, Birkdale, Ainsdale, Formby, Freshfield, Hightown, Crosby, Litherland, Bootle, Maghull, Lydiate, Aintree and Netherton).