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Engineering (General Engineering) Higher National Certificate (part-time)

The Higher National Certificate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering has been developed to meet the training needs of those employed or interested in a career in the electronic, control engineering and related industries. Students will study a range of modules mainly at level 4 totalling 125 credit points and is equivalent to Year 1 of a university honours degree.

The course modules have been chosen to be relevant to a wide range of disciplines within the industry, this includes Analogue and Digital Electronics, Instrumentation and Control Engineering, Data Communications and supporting modules in Maths, Electrical Principles and Engineering Science. Studies include the relevant theory, application, practical circuit construction, test, and use of Computer Simulation to design and test electronic systems.

An important component of the course is the project module in which students are engaged on a personal engineering project of commercial significance. This enables the student to apply much of the knowledge and skills gained on the course to a realistic project at advanced level, and of significant benefit to their employer.

Course Modules;

Year 1:
• Electrical and Electronic Principles
• Engineering Design
• Engineering Maths
• Mechanical Principles

Year 2:
• Electronic Devices and Circuits
• Engineering Science
• Instrumentation and Control
• Managing a Professional Engineering Project

The Year 1 tuition fee for academic year 2022-23 is £3,250.
Please be aware that we intend to increase tuition fees in subsequent years using the Retail Price Index (RPI-X).

Course Info

Level 4 - Higher
Subject Area
Course Type
Higher Education Part-Time
James Watt College
Next Start Date
Course Length
59 weeks

Entry Requirements

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS UCAS Tariff Points: Pre-2017 Entry - 160 points, Post-2017 Entry - 64 points The tariff points can be made up of: A Levels (GCE and VCE): 2 A Levels at Grade C BTEC Extended Diploma: Grade MPP BTEC Diploma: Grade MM BTEC 90 Credit Diploma: Grade DM Access to HE: Grade P45 If the Level 3 qualification is made up of A Levels one A Level must be Maths or Physics. All other qualifications must be an engineering, science or IT subject. Minimum number of GCSEs at Grade C or above: 5 which must include: GCSE English: Grade C or 4 GCSE Maths: Grade C or 4 Are Level 2 equivalents accepted?: Yes

Delivery and Assessment

Students are well supported on the programme with 7 hours of study per week. Students are taught in relatively small groups, delivered by a variety of means including lectures, practical investigation, computer simulation, case studies and discussion.


Successful students will be awarded the qualification of HNC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and should be able to progress further on to stage 2 of an honours degree.