If you pass the City & Guilds 7650 Radio Amateur Examination, you can get a UK Class 'B' Amateur Radio Licence. This allows you to transmit on the VHF Amateur Bands (50 MHz and above).
If you want to transmit on the HF or 'short wave' bands where world-wide communication is possible, you need a Class 'A' or 'A/B' Licence. To obtain a Class 'A' Licence, you need to pass the RAE and a 12 words per minute Morse Code test. For A/B the Morse test is 5 words per minute, which is easy.
For the RAE, you need your own copy of the book 'Radio Amateurs Examination Manual', 16th edition by Case and Claytonsmith (ISBN 1-872309-45-3). This new edition has been extensively revised for the new syllabus and contains many more practice questions.
There are two copies of the earlier 15th edition on one week loan in the LRC but you must have your own copy of the 16th edition if you sign up for the RAE. I can get you a copy from Radio Society of Great Britain for about £10.
If you already have some knowledge of Electronics and are studying Electronics, Computer Science or Physics, you may be able to tackle the RAE. If you decide to take the RAE, it is your responsibility to discuss it with your Personal Tutor or year Tutor to check that it won't affect your other studies.
If you want to take the RAE, please come to D416 at 13.30 on Wed 6th Oct. I need your exam entry fee by cheque or cash no later than Wed 13th Oct.