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Engineering: Electrical HNC

(SCQF level 7)

Engineering, Energy & Gas, Nautical and STEM

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Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 1 year


Riverside Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This course prepares you for a career as a Technical Engineer in the Electrical Engineering Industry and Electrical supply sector which deals with the production, transmission, distribution and application of electricity and the manufacturing, installation, and maintenance of electrical equipment.

During the course, you will cover areas involving electrical circuit analysis using industrial standard software and simulation packages. Within our department's laboratory and workshops you will conduct analysis using theory and practical applications of magnetic principles and practical electrical machines.

Near the end of the course, there is a graded exam in addition to all course assessments. Successful completion of the course allows you to apply for a position on the second year program of the HND Electrical Engineering course here at City of Glasgow College.

This HNC qualification can also be gained on a part-time attendance through our HNC Electrical Engineering day release course which runs one day a week over a two years timetabled program.

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 7. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Two Highers at Grade C or above including Mathematics and preferably Physics; OR
  • National Qualification at SCQF level 6 in a relevant Engineering subject; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you'll get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.

ESOL entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

What you study

Some of the subject you will study are:

  • Electrical Safety.
  • DC and AC Principles.
  • Electrical Machine Principle.
  • Mathematics for Engineers units 1 and 2
  • Three Phase Systems.
  • Electricity Power Systems.
  • Electrical Installation Skills.

After the course


The qualification HNC Electrical Engineering is designed to equip candidates with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in current and future employment in the Electrical Engineering Industry and Electrical supply sector.

Continuing study

This qualification will provide you with a relevant mix of competencies enabling articulation to degree level study. The HNC in Electrical Engineering Group Award enables articulation to the HND Electrical Engineering year 2 here at City of Glasgow College or to part-time or full-time degree courses in Scotland or elsewhere in the UK.


How the course is taught

The course will be taught in two 18 week blocks with class sessions of two hours duration. You will also be required to undertake self-study outwith timetabled class contact and arrange lab entry for additional practical activities out with timetabled class contact within course study groups.

Assessment methods

Each unit will have a minimum of one learning outcome end of unit assessment which may also include a practical element. Some units have more than one learning outcome assessment which will be delivered within the timeframe of the unit.

You will also undertake a 1 credit HNC Electrical Engineering Graded Unit 1 at SCQF level 7. This will be in the form of a 3 hour written examination normally at the end of May of each year.

Additional Information


You will be asked to supply your own copy of recommended course books.  You will have to supply your own writing and drawing materials along with a scientific calculator

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    31st Aug 2020, 1 year
  • Location:
    Riverside Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome