Level 4

Electrical and Electronic Engineering (HNC)

Duration Age Group Study Start Cost Available Locations
£3500 per year * Thurrock Campus
Duration Age Group Study Start Cost Available Locations
£3500 per year * Thurrock Campus


This course is aimed at working technicians/engineers and is ideal for anyone who is interested in developing a multi-disciplined career in electrical/electronic engineering.

Timetable: every Tuesday 09.00 - 17.00.

The course offers a good balance of academic theory and practical industry knowledge which is firmly aligned to your job requirements from day one. Through high-quality lectures, case study research and employer-based projects you will gain a unique blend of general skills along with specific industry knowledge in the field of engineering. The College also has an excellent range of specialist laboratories, workshops and equipment providing access to resources that support learning.

The ability to study part-time alongside your job, allows you to gain an industry-recognised qualification that is accepted around the world. The HNC becomes your passport to advancing your career in engineering. Studying and working at the same time does require good organisational and time management skills, but it allows you to apply your learning immediately to your job as well as to bring in real-life examples from your work into the learning environment to discuss with peers.

You can also study this course as part of a Higher Apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.

You will need a minimum of 64 UCAS points from one or more of the following:

  • BTEC Level 3 Engineering
  • AVCE/GNVQ in a related vocational area (Level 3)
  • A-levels in maths and science subjects
  • A related Access to Higher Education Certificate or other related Level 3 qualifications
  • Related work experience supported by GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A** to C) or equivalent
  • You will also need GCSE English and GCSE Maths at grade C (old specification) or grade 4 (new specification) or above OR a Level 2 equivalent such as functional skills

Course Structure

U1 Engineering Design

  • Plan a design solution and prepare an engineering design specification in response to a stakeholder's design brief and requirements
  • Formulate possible technical solutions to address the student-prepared design specification
  • Prepare an industry-standard engineering technical design report
  • Present to an audience a design solution based on the design report and evaluate the solution/presentation

U2 Engineering Maths

  • Identify the relevance of mathematical methods to a variety of conceptualised engineering examples
  • Investigate applications of statistical techniques to interpret, organise and present data by using appropriate computer software packages
  • Use analytical and computational methods for solving problems by relating sinusoidal wave and vector functions to their respective engineering applications
  • Examine how differential and integral calculus can be used to solve engineering problems

U3 Engineering Science

  • Examine scientific data using both quantitative and computational methods
  • Determine parameters within mechanical engineering systems
  • Explore the characteristics and properties of engineering materials
  • Analyse applications of A.C./D.C. circuit theorems, electromagnetic principles and properties

U4 Managing a professional Engineering Project

  • Formulate and plan a project that will provide a solution to an identified engineering problem
  • Conduct planned project activities to generate outcomes which provide a solution to the identified engineering problem
  • Produce a project report analysing the outcomes of each of the project processes and stages
  • Present the project report drawing conclusions on the outcomes of the project

U15 Automation, Robotics and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)

  • Describe the design and operational characteristics of a PLC system
  • Design a simple PLC program by considering PLC information, programming and communication techniques
  • Describe the key elements of industrial robots and be able to program them with straightforward commands to perform a given task
  • Investigate the design and safe operation of a robot within an industrial application

U19 Electrical and Electronic Principles

  • Apply an understanding of fundamental electrical quantities to evaluate simple circuits with constant voltages and currents
  • Evaluate simple circuits with sinusoidal voltages and currents
  • Describe the basis of semiconductor action, and its application to simple electronic devices
  • Explain the difference between digital and analogue electronics, describing simple applications of each

U20 Digital Principles

  • Explain and analyse simple combinational logic circuits
  • Explain and analyse simple sequential logic circuits
  • Describe and evaluate the technologies used to implement digital electronic circuits
  • Describe and analyse a range of digital subsystems, hence establishing the building blocks for larger systems

U22 Electronic Circuit and Devices

  • Determine the operational characteristics of amplifier circuits
  • Investigate the types and effects of feedback on an amplifier's performance
  • Examine the operation and application of oscillators
  • Apply testing procedures to electronic devices and circuits

Year 1 for part-time students

  • U2 Engineering Maths (15 Credits) Level 4
  • U3 Engineering Science (15 Credits) Level 4
  • U15 Automation, Robotics and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) (15 Credits) Level 4
  • U19 Electrical and Electronic Principles (15 Credits) Level 4

Year 2 for part-time students

  • U1 Engineering Design (15 Credits) Level 4
  • U4 Managing a professional Engineering Project (15 Credits) Level 4
  • U20 Digital Principles (15 Credits) Level 4
  • U22 Electronic Circuit and Devices (15 Credits) Level 4

Maths and English skills development will be embedded into all units of the study programme through investigations, reports, calculations and project work.

Assessment & Feedback

Lectures, workshops, and weekly tutorials.

You will learn through a combination of practical work, written assignments, online study and class-based teaching, supported by relevant theoretical study. You will be assessed by a range of methods including assignments, projects and practical exercises.

Independent study: You will need to undertake significant independent study outside of taught sessions.

Assessment methods: Assessment is on a continuous basis with up to four assignments in each unit. Assessment is via coursework and time constrained assignments which takes a variety of forms including written reports.

Course Cost

Adult, part_time_day: £3500 per year

Fees are per academic year for UK students.

Course fee based on 2021-22 for UK residents. Non-UK citizens will need to provide sufficient document/s confirming your right to live and study in the UK e.g. confirmation of settled status.

Additional course costs can be found here