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Module C: Principles of railway control and communication systems

Exam support resources - Principles of railway control and communication systems (module C)

Aim of the module

This module builds on the broad understanding of module A and assesses, in more depth, your understanding of the principles of operation of railway control and communications systems and sub-systems.

This paper combines the previously available modules of signalling principles (module 3), communications principles (module 4) and part of signalling the layout (module 2). These were available until October 2020, with the exception of module 2 which awaits an exam date.

This module is a compulsory module for the Advanced Diploma in Railway Control Engineering (also known as the IRSE Professional Examination). If you have passed at least one of the previously available modules (modules 1-7), then use the online checker tool to see whether you are exempt from passing this module.

Syllabus

The syllabus for principles of railway control and communications systems (module C) can be downloaded here and is in the document library below.

Latest exam paper

The October 2021 Module C paper can be downloaded here, and is in the document library below (visible for logged in members only).

Study materials

Logged in IRSE members (if you are not already logged in please do through this link) can download support materials for principles of railway control and communication systems (module C) of the exam from the document library at the end of this page, please scroll down (visible to logged in members). Study videos are also available for members and non-members on IRSE's Vimeo channel via https://vimeo.com/showcase/study - please note that these videos are based on previously available modules, so look for videos about modules 2, 3 and 4.

New study guide from combined previously published study guides is in the document library below (visible for logged in members only).

As study materials are only available to IRSE members, please ensure that you apply for your membership to give you sufficient time to prepare for your exam.

Prerequisites

To apply to sit principles of railway control and communication systems (module C) of the exam, you must:

  • be a member of the IRSE with your subscription payments up to date, and
  • have passed one or more exam module(s)

As study materials are only available to IRSE members, please ensure that you apply for your membership to give you sufficient time to prepare for your exam. Membership applications received after 11 February are unlikely to be processed and approved in time for you to apply for the October 2022 exams.  

Applications

Applications to sit principles of railway control and communication systems (module C) of the exam will open in spring 2022 and close at end July 2022 to sit the exam on Saturday 1 October 2022. Details will be announced on the main exam webpage, through IRSE member ebulletins and via social media.

Location of the exam

There will be no exam centres in 2022, with all exam candidates sitting the exam at a suitable location for them. Candidates will need a computer or laptop and a reliable internet connection which can access the exam website and software. Candidates will be given access to practice sessions to ensure that this works for them.

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