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Electrical Engineering HND

Take the first step towards an interesting and exciting career in Electrical Engineering!


Equivalent to two years of a university degree, our Electrical Engineering HND will enhance the practical and personal skills needed for a role in the sector. As well as giving you an appreciation of Electrical Engineering principles, you will cover amongst other things analogue and digital electronics, electrical installation skills, electrical motor drive systems, high level engineering software and advanced mathematical studies. 


The programme is delivered flexibly, so it will fit easily around your current employment and other commitments. 



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Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma Electrical/Electronic Engineering

  • Introductory Course Information

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    AwardPearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma Electrical/Electronic Engineering 

    UCAS points: 32

    Location: Bolton College – Deane Road  

    Awarding BodyPearson  

    Duration2 Years (full-time) 

    Start Date: 21/9/2020

  • Course Overview

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    The Level 5 HND in Electrical and Electronic Engineering is designed to develop your knowledge and skills in electronic and electrical technologies which are crucial to organisations in this dynamic sector. The course also provides you with key transferable skills which employers are looking for.


    Our expert tutors will guide you throughout your course and help you gain practical, professional and subject specific skills. Your course will cover the key knowledge required by all engineers such as; engineering design, mathematics and science, and how to manage a professional engineering project. You'll then build on this learning with specialist units in areas of electrical and electronic engineering and engineering management.


    We'll help you learn the principles of electrical engineering, and cover essential areas such as analogue and digital electronics, programmable logic controller, automation and control, high level engineering software and advanced mathematical studies. You'll also complete an individual project, where you'll have the opportunity to develop and apply your knowledge & practical ability and design skills. We'll support you as you develop cognitive, intellectual and thinking skills, and gain valuable key, personal and transferable skills ready for employment or further study.

  • Course Highlights & Key Features

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    Course Highlights

    • Our Electrical and Electronic HND course provides you with the opportunity to make progress towards achieving internationally recognised registration with a professional body regulated by the Engineering Council.
    • We'll encourage you to undertake a work placement during the summer break - this is recommended but is not a course requirement.
    • Upon completion of this programme, you'll be awarded the Pearson TEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering).
    • Bolton College scores highly in student satisfaction surveys for our HE provision, and we take pride in being able to offer you the opportunity to learn from industry-experienced staff.


    Key Features

    • This course offers essential subject knowledge to help you progress into the world of work, advance in your current role or onto further study
    • We adopt a 'student-centred' teaching and learning approach. We'll work with you on an individual basis so that you receive tailored support throughout the duration of your studies.
    • We'll give you the opportunity to  attain essential skills such as communication, teamwork, organising and planning, numeracy, problem solving, flexibility and adaptability, action planning, self-awareness, initiative, personal impact and confidence, environmental sustainability and social, public and ethical responsibility.
  • Modules

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    The modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

    • Engineering Maths
    • Engineering Science
    • Engineering Design
    • Managing a Professional Engineering Project
    • Electrical and Electronic Principles
    • Electronic Circuits and Devices
    • Instrumentation and Control Systems
    • Automation, Robotics and Programmable Logic Controllers
    • Research Project
    • Professional Engineering Management
    • Further Mathematics
    • Industrial Systems
    • Further PLCs
    • Analogue Electronic Systems
  • Entry Requirements

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    • Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3
    • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above / 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English and maths
    • Entry is also available to those who have extensive relevant work experience within the Engineering sector - if you don't have the academic qualifications required but have extensive appropriate work experience, we'll consider your application
    • If English isn't your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications - click here to find out more.
    • If you want to progress on to a top-up degree course at a university after completing this HND, you will usually need GCSE English and maths at grade c/4 or above (or equivalent). If you have not already achieved this, please speak to the course leader about taking GCSE English and/or maths while completing this course.

    You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of your work.

  • Career Opportunities

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    This qualification has been developed by Pearson closely with experts from employers, vendors, professional bodies, universities and colleges so that you'll gain the skills necessary to success in this area.


    What can I do with this qualification?

    The HND prepares you for a career in areas such as electrical engineering, electronics, avionics, automotive, telecommunications and mobile communications. You can also take employment in area such as power generation and distribution, renewable energy, lighting, heating, ventilation, lift systems, manufacturing, construction and transport networks.


    You can also progress onto a higher level qualification if you complete the Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC in Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering), such as the HND in Engineering. You'll be able to apply for advanced standing to bachelor's degrees, such as the University of Bolton's BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering.


    Other career options:

    • Teaching
    • Research and development
    • Finance
    • Business
    • Intellectual property
    • Government and Civil Service
    • Military


    Professional Recognition

    Qualifications in engineering within the UK are referenced against the Engineering Council, UK specifications which sets standards at Levels 3, 6 and 8. The Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Engineering are set at Level 4 and 5 and have been written with reference to the Engineering Council specification for Level 3 and 6.


    Holders of the Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) meet the academic requirements for the Engineering Council Engineering Technician Standard (EngTech).

  • Fees and Financial Support

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    For students starting in 20-21, the tuition fees are £5,996.


    Bursaries, scholarships and prizes: The College also provides Progression Awards for students who progress from a level 3 Bolton College course onto a HE Bolton College course. For further information on the Progression Award, click here. To find out more about financial support, please click here.


    Useful links for Bolton College Regulations, Policies and Procedures:  If you need information regarding any of the HE policies and procedures or how to make a complaint or appeal then please visit our key strategies and framework page

  • Teaching, Learning & Assessment

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    The varied nature of this HND programme means that we use a wide range of teaching and learning methods. In order to ensure you acquire and develop the appropriate concepts, knowledge and skills, we combine timetabled classes with student-centred and independent learning. You can expect to attend lectures, practical sessions, workshops, tutorials and informal group study sessions. There will also be opportunities to go on field visits to see how various areas of the public services operate, and attend guest lectures by specialists from industry or other academic institutions.


    There are significant opportunities to spend time with the tutors and technicians during timetabled classes, practical work and tutorials. However, we’ll still expect you to devote a significant amount of time to personal study. For example, this time might be spent engaging in general background reading, revisiting practical work or working on assignments.


    We use a range of assessment methods, depending upon the learning outcome in question and the type of module content being assessed. You’ll have opportunities to test your understanding of subjects informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark or grade. Each module/unit will normally contain at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you’ll receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades/marks you receive for them do not count toward your module/unit mark or grade.


    There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module/unit. Methods include a range of coursework assessment such as exams, essays, reports, portfolios, presentations, and final year major project. The grades from the formal assessments count towards your module/unit mark or grade. 



    We will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.


    Assessment methods


    Assessment method

    Level One

    Coursework (97%), Practical exams (3%)

    Level Two

    Coursework (100%)

    Learning activities


    Learning activity

    Level One

    Guided independent study (60%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (40%)

    Level Two

    Guided independent study (60%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (40%)

  • How To Apply

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       To find out how to apply, please visit the University of Bolton's website by clicking here.

  • Contact Us

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    Gibson Jeremie
    Programme Leader, Bolton College
    Telephone: +44 (0)1204 482035


    Peter Alstead
    Head of Area, Bolton College
    Telephone: +44 (0)1204 482035

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