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HND Electrical Electronic Engineering

Programme Description



The emphasis throughout the course is student centred, 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, three 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.

There is one intermediate award, HNC. This award can be achieved after two years of part-time study which can be upgraded to a HND after a further year of part-time study. Students are normally enrolled on the HNC first and have the opportunity to return to upgrade to the HND. The HND can also be achieved in two years by full-time study. Having achieved the HND, students will then have the opportunity to upgrade to a full honours degree with a further two years of part time study. 

The degree is accredited by the IET.

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Programme Features



This award has the following general educational aims:

  • a) To develop a broad 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 to a broad range 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 a broad range 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 a broad level.

Progression & Employment



Successful candidates will be able to perform technical duties in posts demanding a detailed understanding of electrical and electronic engineering. They should be able to design, develop, manufacture, maintain and manage applications of current and developing technology at a high level. They will be prepared for practice as incorporated engineers and will also have the required knowledge and skills for continuing education.


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, Control and Instrumentation, Configuration and Programming of Embedded Systems, Signals and Digital Communications, Power and Machines, Virtual Instrumentation and Control Systems, Networking Systems for Engineers, Control Engineering.


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



Entry into year 1: 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.

Direct entry into year 3 part-time or year 2 full-time - HNC Electrical and Electronic Engineering.


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).