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Electrical Engineering student working on wires
Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2024
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 Years (Day Release)

This HNC Electrical Engineering course is ideal if you already work in the engineering sector and would like to develop your existing skills to a higher level.

If you are considering a career in electrical engineering then this course can help you begin to achieve your goals, whether that be for career progression, or advancement to further study on our HND Electrical Engineering course or eventually obtaining a degree. As a result of Industry 4.0 electrical engineers are in demand for innovative roles in design, robotics and automation. If you enjoy the human skills of problem-solving and are solution-focused, then with our help you can become an innovative future-ready engineer.

What will I learn?

In this HNC Electrical Engineering course, you will complete a variety of units such as:

  • Electrical machine principles
  • Applications of programmable logic controllers* 
  • DC and AC principles
  • Application of electrical and electronic instruments
  • Three phase systems
  • Electricity power systems
  • Electrical safety
  • Electrical networks and resonance*
  • Engineering mathematics 1
  • Communication
  • Energy Overview
  • Electrical Engineering Graded Unit 1 examination

* These units are not taught at Anniesland Campus.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Minimum of one Higher, or equivalent, from English, Mathematics or Physics. Please note: Higher Applications of Maths is not the equivalent of Higher Mathematics; OR
  • NC Electrical Engineering (Level 6); OR
  • We will consider your application if you have relevant experience but no formal qualifications
  • If English is not your first language, then a level 6 ESOL qualification would be required, due to the technical demands of the subject.
  • Those applying for the Day Release / Evening course should be employed in a relevant industrial role.

Entry requirement equivalency table

If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Employer and industry links

We have a renowned reputation for engineering, supported by cutting-edge technology, highly qualified and experienced staff. If you are considering a career in electrical engineering then our course can begin to help you achieve your goals, whether that be career progression, advancement to our HND Electrical Engineering course or eventually obtaining a degree

We work in partnership with a large number of small, medium and large employers and are seen as the engineering college of choice within the Greater Glasgow area. Due to our excellent links, the College is continually at the forefront of technological advances with investment in our engineering facilities which provide students with a world-class learning experience.

Articulation Routes

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU)

Entry to year 2 GCU Programme - BEng (Hons) Electrical Power Engineering with a 'B' grade in the HNC Electrical Engineering graded unit.

Jobs and further study

  • You may progress to HND Electrical Engineering if you successfully complete this course with a Graded Unit 1 result of B or above
  • You will have the potential to apply for part-time engineering degree programmes at various universities, such as Glasgow Caledonian University, Edinburgh Napier University, University of the West of Scotland and the Open University.

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application (remember to check your SPAM folder). 

Your application will be reviewed by the admissions team and you will either be: 

  • Made a direct offer (unconditional or conditional) 
  • Invited to book an interview session 
  • Advised that your application is unsuccessful – you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you. 
  • We aim not to reject an application and if you don’t meet the entry requirements you may be referred to a different course or level.  

If you are invited to interview, you will be informed of the outcome of your interview by email within 14 working days. The outcome will be one of the following: 

  1. Unconditional offer of a place – you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your place. 
  2. Conditional offer of a place – your place is secured pending you meeting the entry requirements. This may mean achieving school or college qualifications which you may not be able to provide to us yet. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your conditional place. Once your conditions are met this will change to an unconditional offer of a place which you must accept before you can enrol on the course.  
  3. Waiting list – you have met all entry requirements, and have been interviewed however, the course is now full so you have been placed on a waiting list. If any spaces become available you may be contacted, usually around the course start date. We would advise that you also consider other application options. 
  4. Reserve listfollowing your interview, you have unfortunately not been successful in this round of recruitment. We have placed your name on a Reserve list and your application may be reconsidered at a later date. This could happen any time up to the start date of the course but it is very possible that you will not be offered a place. We would advise that you also consider other application options. 
  5. Unsuccessful – your interview has been unsuccessful. You may be offered a place on a course at a different level, or advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you. 

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 14 working days or risk losing your place, as the system will automatically decline your offer after 14 days. 

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent out instructions about student funding, joining instructions and induction date.

Having attended the Cardonald campus 14 years previously to study for my electrical apprenticeship, I was already fully aware of the standard of lecturer

Ross Simpson | Easee

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 357 6094