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HNC Electrical Electronic Engineering

Programme Description



The emphasis throughout the course is student centered, task orientated learning with plenty of scope for practical assignment work. Wherever possible projects, which are carried out in the second year, are to be industrially based with full involvement of industrial supervisors. This is a well-established, two year part-time course, that provides a thorough grounding in all aspects of electrical and electronic engineering and combines the hardware and software subject areas demanded by the industry.

Students will have the opportunity to return after achieving the HNC to upgrade to the HND after one year’s further study part-time. After that, they can upgrade to a BSc (Hons) degree in a further two years of part-time study. The degree is accredited by the IET.


Programme Features



This award has the following general educational aims:

  • a) To develop an appropriate level of understanding of electrical and electronic engineering principles, mathematics and programming.
  • b) To develop the ability to apply knowledge and skills gained to the solution of engineering problems.
  • c) To develop the ability to assimilate and communicate information in a variety of ways including ICT.
  • d) To prepare a student for the world of work or enhance their career prospects within existing employment through the development of practical, personal and transferable skills.
  • e) To make the student aware of responsibilities associated with health and safety, business, management, environmental and sustainability issues at an appropriate level.

Progression & Employment



Successful completion of the HNC will qualify students for entry to HND/degree courses in related subjects. Careers that are directly related to this discipline include: Electrical and Electronic Development Engineering; Design Engineering; Production Engineer (Technical Sales) and CAD Technicians. Electrical and Electronic Engineers are employed by the manufacturing industry; service industries; the armed forces; research organisations and the National Health Service


Programme Content



Level 4: Electrical & Electronic Principles, Engineering Mathematics, Electronics I, Programmable Logic Controllers, Introduction to C Programming and Embedded Systems, Instrumentation and Integrated Automation Systems, HNC Electrical and Electronic Engineering Project.

Level 5: Electronics II, Further Engineering Mathematics, Electrical Principles, Methods & Simulation.


Programme Assessment



Examination and up to two pieces of coursework for non-project modules. Oral presentation and project reports for the project module.


Programme Entry Requirements



National Diploma Level 3 in Electrical and Electronic Engineering or similar, or A levels in 2 suitable subjects (e.g. maths, science, computing) grade C or above. GCSE maths, English and a science grade C or above.


Additional Costs



All engineering full-time courses which include mechanical, electrical/electronic/fabrication and welding and motor vehicle, are fully funded. 

Additional learner costs are limited to registration fees (determined annually by the college) and a contribution of £30 towards the cost of personal protective equipment.

The learner will also be required to provide their own stationary and basic classroom equipment appropriate to their course (eg pens and a calculator).