Electrical Engineering: HND

Qualification Qualifications Explained
Study Mode
Full Time

2 Years - 3 Days per week

Start date
Aug 2023
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Course overview

Do you want to develop your career in Scotland’s thriving Electronics industry?  You could develop your career in a sector with great prospects and in a job that can take you anywhere in the world, while working in a dynamic and respected industry.

The HND Electronic Engineering course will develop your ability to analyse and solve electrical engineering problems, and apply knowledge, understanding and skills to analysing and designing  electronic systems. It also has a strong emphasis on practical skills and is for you if you are interested in developing skills in this sector.

The qualification provides a broad based technical education if you want to start a career in Electronic Engineering or if you want to progress to university to study at degree level.

This one year course enables you to achieve an HNC in Electronic Engineering.

Year 1 of the course enables you to achieve an HNC in Electrical Engineering with Year 2 progressing to achieving an HND in Electrical Engineering.

In Year 2, you will undertake a project which will allow you to further develop and integrate the knowledge gained throughout the individual units in the course. You can choose a project that will enhance your academic progression to university, Or you can construct a device to give you in-depth knowledge to maximise your career opportunities with our major engineering companies, or pursue an entrepreneurial project that will assist you in setting up in business

What you will learn

Engineering theory, plus extensive hands-n hardware and software work.

Electrical Engineering Theory includes:

  • Electrical Principles
  • Electrical Safety
  • Power Systems and Power Electronics
  • Control Systems and Transducers
  • Renewable Energy Systems
  • Electrical Machines and Plant Maintenance
  • Electrical Installation Design
  • Mathematics (including Mathematics options for university entrance)

Practical hands on work includes:

  • Software Programming in C++
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Electrical and Electronic Instruments
  • Electrical Wiring Skills
  • Analogue and Digital Electronics
  • Power Supply Circuits
  • Build an Engineering Project.

Entry requirements

There are several ways you can join our course:

  • 1 Higher at grade C or above – should include Mathematics or Physics OR
  • One Technical higher at Grade C and National 5 Maths at grade C OR
  • Successful completion of the NQ Level 6 Mechanical & Electrical course OR
  • Successful completion of an NC Level 5 in Electrical or Electronic Engineering with suitable mathematics units OR
  • Successful achievement of a Foundation Apprentice Engineering award OR
  • Students who already have an HNC in Electrical Engineering are very welcome to apply for direct entry to Year 2 of the course. OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience. If you have relevant industrial experience and qualifications (e.g SVQs) – we are happy to consider your application.

We welcome female applicants who wish to take up a new career in Engineering.

Entry to the course will be based upon a competitive review of the applications. Your application should provide detailed information on relevant life and employment experience within your personal statement, in addition to demonstrating a genuine interest in the subject.

Please clearly list on your application all qualifications you have already obtained, and when, and where you obtained them.

Career Opportunities

Careers Progression

The HND qualification can get you straight into employment. We actively encourage our students to seek careers in engineering and arrange guest speakers and visits to industry. Learners wishing to progress directly to employment can access jobs as Engineers or Technicians with energy generation and transmission companies, renewables developers, engineering contractors, consulting engineers or local authorities.

Professional Registration

The HND qualification entitles engineers working in the field of Electronic Engineering to apply for membership of professional bodies, such as the IET, who are registered with The Engineering Council, for the designated title of 'Engineering Technician' (Eng.Tech.).


Future prospects

The HND Electrical Engineering qualification can open up many opportunities for your future career and it can help you to progress to study at university. 

It may enable you to progress to year 2 or 3 of Electrical and Electronics Engineering degree programmes at various universities. You will also be able to apply for other degree programmes such as Building Services and Teaching.  To maximise your chances of acceptance into a university degree programme, we offer customised course options with mathematics.


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