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 was last available in October 2021.
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.
The syllabus for principles of railway control and communications systems (module C) can be downloaded here and is in the document library below.
The October 2022 Module C paper can be downloaded here, and is in the document library below (visible for logged in members only).
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.
To apply to sit principles of railway control and communication systems (module C) of the exam, you must:
Applications to sit the exam on Saturday 7 October 2023 are expected to open in spring 2023.
All exam candidates are reminded that IRSE exams are closed book examinations and they will be monitored via remote proctoring (invigilation) and anti plagiarism software.
There will be no exam centres in 2023, 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.