Electrical & Electronic Engineering Higher National Diploma HND

Course Information


This Electrical / Electronic Engineering (HND) course enables you to gain an intermediate higher education qualification in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. You may want to use this to top-up your Higher National Certificate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering or may already have some experience in the industry and wish to progress your career. This course could to appeal to you if you need to fit studying around other commitments or if you are looking to take your first step into higher education after a gap of study.

Using electricity to process and store the information behind technology such as mobile phones and computers, as well as a huge range of systems in commerce and industry, is the principle that underlies electrical /electronic engineering. Both depend on the same fundamental scientific laws, but diverge widely beyond these starting points. As technology progresses, we become more reliant on electrical and electronic systems to control mechanical devises and as such the opportunities for employment in this sector have increased. In the early stages of the course you’ll learn more about these underlying principles, both electrical and electronic, as well as computing and maths. You also acquire some of the key practical skills you will need.

What will I study?

You’ll study a set of modules that have been specifically chosen to equip you in your chosen field of work and also that are directly relevant to students who wish to secure employment or promotion in companies operating in the North West region of the UK.


You will get the opportunity to take part in a range of trips. These have included industrial visits – these trips are chosen so you can see both operational elements of business but also see the range of technologies that industry uses including CAD technologies, for example. Other visits have included Manchester Museum of Science and Technology. You will also have the opportunity to take part in trips that are available across College.


The Institution of Engineering and Technology contribute to the programme and perform guest lectures. Opportunities for membership are available but our students have found these additional sessions invaluable.


The HND Electrical / Electronic Engineering course comprises four compulsory modules. These are:

  • Analytical Methods for Engineers (15 credits)
  • Engineering Science (15 credits)
  • Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation (20 marks)
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles (15 credits)


There are also a further 12 option modules that you will be able to study, subject to student and staff demand. These include:

  • Health, Safety and Risk Assessment in Engineering (15 credits)
  • Business Management Techniques for Engineers (15 credits)
  • Engineering Design (15 credits)
  • Applications of Pneumatics and Hydraulics (15 credits)
  • Advanced Computer-aided Design Techniques (15 credits)
  • Programmable Logic Controllers (15 credits)
  • Quality Assurance and Management (15 credits)
  • Further Analytic Methods for Engineers (15 credits)
  • Mechatronic Systems (15 credits)
  • Instrumentation and Control Principles (15 credits)
  • Microprocessor Systems (15 credits)
  • Electronic Principles (15 credits)
  • Research Project (20 credits)
  • Digital and Analogue Devices and Circuits (15 credits)
  • Operational Amplifiers (15 credits)

Download the Programme Specification

Entry Requirements

You’ll need 120 UCAS tariff points and at least a Grade C at GCSE in Maths. All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you’ll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English. Please check the International section of the website for details. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have relevant work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.

Please note: For 2017 entry the UCAS Tariff is changing and the UCAS points required to enter this programme will be different from 2016. For those joining this programme in September 2017, you will need to have 48 UCAS Tariff points. All other entry criteria (as specified above) remain in place.

If you require more information on the UCAS tariff for 2017 entry please visit: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/entry-requirements/tariff/new-tariff

If you are an International Student from outside of the EU it is a requirement for you to have a Tier 4 Visa in order to study with us. In order for you to undertake this particular programme of study, you will also need to demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English and will require a UK VI Academic IELTS score of 5.5. Please note: the fees for International Students from outside of the EU, for this particular programme are £8,850 per year. Fees are subject to change in subsequent years.

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the course you’ll be assessed by in class tests, group projects, assignments/briefs and presentations including group presentations. Practical work forms part of the course. Typical practical assessments have included: building electronic circuits and programming.

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

What can I do next?

On successful completion of the HND you can secure employment in many varied areas of the engineering industry. Typical roles that our Electrical and Electronic graduates have progressed into include: Design Engineers, Installation Engineers, Project Engineers with electrical specialisms and Development and Test Engineers. You may also choose to progress onto one of our BEng (Hons) Engineering programmes via an additional two year period of Honours study at University Centre at Blackburn College. It is also possible to progress onto the BEng (Hons) Engineering programmes should you achieve a merit average in your first year on the HND programme.

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