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Engineering: Electrical HND

(SCQF level 8)

Engineering, Energy & Gas, Nautical and STEM

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Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 2 years


Riverside Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


On this HND Electrical Engineering course, you'll expand on the electrical principles covered in National 6 and higher-level education. During the course, you'll be taught by staff with significant industry experience to develop your skills in a range of theory and practical disciplines. Many of the course units are project-based with report writing included in a few first-year subject units and just over half in the second year subject units. In your first year, you will also undertake a final Graded Exam.

The course is designed to enable you to gain employment in the Electrical Engineering Industry and Electrical supply sector which deals with the production, transmission, distribution and application of electricity and the manufacture, installation, design and maintenance of electrical equipment.

This HND qualification can also be gained on a part-time attendance through our HND Electrical Engineering day release course which runs one day a week over a two years timetabled program. Entry can only be gained after the successful completion of the Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Electrical Engineering.

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8. 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 that includes Mathematics Technician 1; 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 provides you with a relevant mix of competencies enabling entry to employment

Continuing study

If you successfully complete the 1st year HND Electrical Engineering you can move onto the second year HND Electrical Engineering at the college or onto part-time or full-time degree courses in Scotland or elsewhere in the UK or possible entry to year two of BEng Electrical Power Systems at Glasgow Caledonian University.


How the course is taught

The course will be taught in two 18 week blocks with class sessions lasting two hours. You will also be required to work by self-study outwith timetabled class contact and arrange lab entry for additional practical activities outwith 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, 2 years
  • Location:
    Riverside Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome