Electrical & Electronic Engineering BTEC HND (part-time) (top-up from HNC)
Please note that this course is nominally over two years, students with an appropriate HNC may complete the course in one year of a day release. This course has a strong vocational focus and is ideal for those of you who are looking to gain employment in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. We have a proven track record for student success in this area, and you can choose from a wide range of subjects within the Electrical and Electronics Engineering disciplines. The HND qualification is a naturally recognised standard in Engineering, and the employment opportunities are many and varied. People will proven skills in Electrical & Electronic Engineering are in great demand both in the UK and overseas. You can also use your JMD to gain direct entry to Year 3 of a BSc degree programme at a university in the UK.
“There were a few reasons why I chose to take a HND rather than a degree; firstly it offered a way to attain degree-level knowledge without crippling debt, and secondly there is also no pressure of exams - all the assessments are coursework-based which means you don’t end up going into an exam in the wrong frame of mind and potentially failing because it just wasn’t your day.”
“As an engineering student it’s really important that you get experience within a practical environment, and the course offered a lot of various practical opportunities to tackle real engineering problems - and of course it helps that the facilities and equipment in the engineering department are excellent! During the course I also had the opportunity to visit real engineering workplaces, which gives you a great indication of what it’s really like to be an engineer and what’s required in the job, potentially giving you the edge in finding work in the future.”
“Now I work for a major defence electronics company and my role as a lab steward at assistant manager level includes testing the Eurofighter Typhoon jet defence system - one of the most sophisticated and advanced defence systems in the world today! The job is a challenge, but I really enjoy it.”
Ben - Electrical & Electronic Engineering HND
To start this HND you must have successfully completed the HNC and entry is subject to a successful interview.
This course will cover:
- Electrical Power Engineering
- Analogue Electronics
- Digital Electronics
- Programmable Logic Controllers
- Engineering Science
- Radio Communications
- Instrumentation & Control
- Engineering Design.
Teaching is focused upon a student centred approach, with an emphasis on you designing and evaluating electrical and electronic circuits and systems. You will be using Computer Aided Design packages as well as undertaking practical circuit work. You will be assessed by a programme of continuous assessment this programme will comprise a combination of individual assignments, group assignments, project work and some formal tests.
Further study and career options
On successful completion of the HND you will have the option to top up the qualification to a full Bachelor’s degree at university or enter employment. The course can allow you to take advantage of management opportunities within the industry.
The course is available in a number part-time modes of attendance:
two years of study based on two days of attendance per week, OR,
three years of study based on one day of attendance per week, OR
students already holding a suitable HNC may complete an HND on one day of attendance in one year.