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HNC Electrical Power (Graduate Apprentice Pathway)

Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2024
Qualification Type
Course Type
August to June (1 Year)

This HNC Electrical Power Graduate Apprenticeship Pathway course is an innovative partnership programme between Glasgow Clyde College and Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). Providing an alternative pathway to university and potential employment, the first year entails an enhanced HNC programme with seamless progression to one of GCU's esteemed engineering degrees.

The enhanced HNC offers a unique opportunity to be selected by industry-leading employers as a Graduate Apprentice. This collaborative initiative involves GCU, Glasgow Clyde College and the engineering industry, and aligns with the objective of expanding access to Graduate Apprenticeships whilst offering pathways to engineering degrees.

What will I learn?

Subjects studied on the HNC Electrical Power pathway course include:

Electrical and electronic theory:

  • Electronic testing skills
  • Analogue electronic principles
  • DC and AC principles
  • Combinational logic
  • Networks and resonance
  • Communication skills
  • Active electronic circuits
  • Graded unit
  • Engineering software
  • Sequential logic
  • Engineering: Mathematics 1
  • Engineering: Mathematics 2
  • Engineering: Mathematics 3
  • Engineering: Mathematics 4

Practical hands-on work: 

  • Engineering programming
  • Electrical and electronic testing and measurement
  • Microcontrollers
  • Electronic soldering and circuit assembly
  • WorldSkills: Industrial electronics

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Three Highers at C or above, to include Maths and Physics / Engineering Science. Note: an Engineering Foundation Apprenticeship will be accepted as one of the non-mandatory Highers
  • Entry to the course will be based upon a competitive review of the applications. You should provide detailed information on relevant life and employment experience within your personal statement, in addition to demonstrating a genuine interest in the subject.
  • Please list on your application any qualifications you have already obtained, and when and where you obtained them.

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. 

Articulation Routes

As a student in the engineering pathway, you will study an enhanced HNC qualification with Glasgow Clyde College and Glasgow Caledonian University to develop your academic and practical engineering skills. 

On successful completion of the enhanced HNC, this unique access route will provide you with an opportunity to be selected for a Graduate Apprenticeship through the highly successful work-based BEng (Hons) Engineering (Design and Manufacture) programme at Glasgow Caledonian University. 

Glasgow Caledonian University partners with local employers to identify potential candidates for interview with any successful offer of employment leading to the opportunity to undertake the Graduate Apprenticeship BEng (Hons) Engineering Design and Manufacture programme in September, for four years of study and career development. 

For any learners who have not gained engineering employment by September, the course provides an opportunity to articulate to one of Glasgow Caledonian University's engineering degrees.

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:

  1. Made a direct offer (unconditional or conditional offer of a place)
  2. 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.
  3. 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 list – following 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. This will normally be sent out in June / July.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3339