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The Electrical and Electronics Engineering HNC (RQF) course, awarded by Pearson, provides students with a firm grounding in the fundamental engineering principles that are key to all engineering roles, whilst providing the opportunity to begin to specialise in a field of interest.

The course is perfect for students looking to progress from full-time level 3 study and also for those students who are already employed and are looking to extend their knowledge to progress their career. This stimulating and challenging programme of study has been designed in conjunction with industry leaders and provides the core elements for successful career progression in the electronics and electrical engineering industry.

Did you know?

Past students completing the Electrical and Electronics Engineering HNC course have gone on to employment in electrical and electronics installation and management work for a wide variety of businesses, including motor companies and power generation and distribution organisations.

  • Award: Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)
  • Application method: Full-time course: Apply directly to UCAS / Part-time course: Apply directly to the College
  • UCAS code: H600
  • Location: Havering College of Further and Higher Education
  • Awarding Body: Pearson
  • Students who complete the course successfully will receive a level 4 higher national certificate (HNC) awarded by Pearson.
  • Professional body accreditation: Successful completion of this course satisfies the academic requirements for the Engineering Council’s Engineering Technician standard. Upon completion of the course, students are able to refer to themselves as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) and apply for Engineering Council membership.


The full-time course is scheduled for two consecutive days and runs from 9 am to 5 pm, with breaks spread throughout the day. The part-time course is run on one day a week from 9 am to 5 pm. Timetables are usually available one month before registration. Please note, whilst we make every effort to ensure that timetables are integrated and are as convenient as possible for our students, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.


You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops and meetings with your personal tutor:

  • Lectures will provide you with most of the fundamental subject information knowledge that you will require and will be taught in large groups.
  • Meetings with your personal tutor will give you the opportunity to discuss topics in detail, highlight any areas of difficulty and discuss your progression through the course.
  • Workshop and simulation sessions will give you hands-on experience of engineering techniques and software, and as a part of your course will have access to the latest engineering simulation packages, including CAD Multisim and Matlab.

Independent learning

When you are not attending lectures, workshops or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by our excellent facilities, including the library and the learning zone.

Overall workload

Per week, the full-time course workload will include:

  • 14 hours of lectures
  • 2.5 hours of workshops and simulation sessions
  • 0.5 hours per fortnight of one-to-one meetings

Over the course of the year, you will spend 85% of your time in timetabled teaching and learning activity:

  • Teaching and learning and assessment: 16.75 hours
  • Independent learning: 3 hours

Entry Requirements

For entry to this course you will need at least one of the following qualifications:

  • Our typical entry requirement to this course is 48 UCAS points from relevant level 3 qualifications, such as A Levels, BTEC Level 3 Diplomas, Scottish Highers, Advanced Highers, Irish Leaving Certificate, Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate, MMP Extended Diploma.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma in Engineering

*Based on new UCAS points system used from 2017

Additional requirements:

  • GCSE English and maths at grade 4 (C) or above, or equivalent level 2 qualifications
  • A face-to-face interview may be required before an offer can be made

Additional information for international students:

If English is not your first language, you will need an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.

Where will it take me?

This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in engineering, or obtain the necessary skills needed to progress your current engineering career and operate as an Engineering Technician. The course also provides the foundation for further qualifications including a higher national diploma (HND) in engineering, foundation degree or as the first qualifying year for a B.Eng (Hons) degree course. The course has been designed to meet the requirements of the engineering industry and is underpinned by the research knowledge and industry experience of our staff.

At the end of the course, students should be able to demonstrate the core knowledge and skills needed for an engineering role, as well as some of the more specialised skills needed within the electronics and electrical engineering fields. Students will have an appreciation of contemporary theory and also understand their responsibilities in regards to cost, sustainability and the rapid change that takes place within world-class engineering.

Course Modules

Core engineering:

  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Maths
  • Engineering Science
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project (set by Pearson)

Electrical and Electronics focussed:

  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Renewable Energy
  • Engineering Management
  • Utilisation of Electrical Power

The course operates on a modular basis with each module carrying 15 academic credits. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking 30 credits. The full HNC qualification is equivalent to 120 credits.

Your overall grade for the course, and your HNC classification, will be based on the marks obtained in all modules. The full-time and part-time courses have one start point in September.

Course Assessment Method


This course provides you with the opportunity to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice, or formative, assessment for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them will not count towards your module mark.

There will be formal, or summative, assessment during, or at the end of, each module. Formal assessment will be solely through a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, presentations and projects. The grades from your formal assessments will count towards your module mark.


You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework within three weeks of your submission. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

You must pass all modules in order to gain your qualification. Students passing a module will be given a pass, merit or distinction grade.

Course costs

The following course related costs are included in the fees:

  • All workshop materials
  • The use of simulation software
  • Access to the Learning Resource Centre
  • Access to the computer facilities
  • Access to College Support Services
  • Membership of the College Union
  • Lectures and tutorials
  • Assessment
  • Registration costs
  • Annual printing allowance of £10
  • Use of paper and online journals provided in the library

The following costs are not included in the fees:

  • Health and Safety equipment and clothing
  • Course books - you will be provided with a book list so that you are able to buy textbooks if you wish, although there are multiple copies available in the library
  • Additional printing over and above the £10 allowance

Sources for financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance, you may be eligible for additional benefits. Details can be found on the Student Services homepage -

Where and When

Electrical And Electronic Engineering BTEC Higher National Certificate (RQF)

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Fee Information

Course Code Study Mode Start Date Under 16 16-18 19+ International
J554HCP-19 Part Time 23/09/2019 N/A £3,000 £3,000 N/A

Notes About Fees

Fees shown are per year, they are estimated at this stage and will be confirmed at enrolment.

Find out more by speaking to Admissions:

  • For full-time further education courses call 01708 462833
  • For part-time further education courses call 01708 462801
  • For higher education courses, or if you’re an overseas student, call 01708 462801


  • To find out if you’re entitled to support call Student Services for advice on 01708 462718 ext 2718
  • You don’t have to pay tuition or admin fees if you’re 16-18 and studying a further education funded course.
  • You need to pay higher education course fees each academic year.

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