Electrical and Electronic Engineering HNC
HNC Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Do you want to develop your Electrical and Electronic Engineering knowledge and skills?
On this HNC Electrical and Electronic Engineering course, you'll get to grips with the fundamentals of engineering sciences and management and learn how you can apply your skills in the workplace.
You'll learn from engineering experts and study at the Centre of Excellence for Composites, Advanced Manufacturing and Marine (CECAMM) at Isle of Wight College. This brand new, £12 million facility, is packed with the latest tools, equipment and resources.
You can study full time over 1 year, or part time over 2 years on day release from your job.
When you finish the course, you'll have new skills, knowledge and professional experience in electrical and electronic engineering, backed up by a Higher National Certificate that could help you land your dream job or progress in your career. You could also continue your studies, for example, by topping up your HNC to an HND.
Location – Isle of Wight College
The course takes place at the Centre of Excellence for Composites, Advanced Manufacturing and Marine (CECAMM) at Isle of Wight College.
While studying at CECAMM, you can access our student support services and community including study support, the Students’ Union and our library's online resources.
HNC Electrical and Electronic Engineering entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- 48 points to include a minimum of 1 A level, a BTEC qualification in a relevant engineering discipline, or equivalent. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience will be considered.
- All applicants will need to attend an interview.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
What you'll experience
On this Electrical and Electronic Engineering HNC course, you'll:
- Study in the brand new, £12 million CECAMM at Isle of Wight College
- Build knowledge in subject areas including analytical methods, engineering science, electrical and electronic principles, electronic measurement and testing, digital and analogues electronics, and combinational and sequential logic
- Learn from engineering experts in seminars, lectures and group sessions
- Work on an individual project and put your knowledge into practice to demonstrate what you’ve learnt
- Put what you learn to work in your job straightaway, if you study part time on day release from your job
- Have the option to continue your studies and top-up your HNC to a Higher National Diploma (HND) when you complete the course
Careers and opportunities
Our Careers and Employability service can help you with career planning and you'll get access industry contacts, careers events and recruitment fairs during the course.
After you finish the course, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
Areas you could work in include:
- defence electronics
- advanced product manufacturing
Job roles you could work in include:
- electronics engineer
- product design engineer
- aerospace engineer
- application engineer
You can also continue your studies by doing an HND or Bachelor's degree.
What you'll study
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
You'll study modules worth a total of 120 credits.
Due to changing circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may need to make changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these. Changes may include things such as modules being taught in teaching block 2 instead of teaching block 1 and teaching activities occurring in smaller group sizes.
Modules currently being studied
- Analytical Methods for Engineers
- Engineering Science
- Electrical and Electronic Principles
- Electrical and Electronic Measurement and Testing
- Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
- Management of Projects
- Combination and Sequential Logic
- Digital and Analogue Devices and Circuits
You'll need to do around 120 hours of self-directed learning for each module.
Changes to course content
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
Teaching on this course includes:
- group discussions
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- individual and group projects
You'll have the opportunity to practise your skills informally before you're assessed. If you're studying on day release from your job, you can apply what you learn straightaway in the workplace.
How you'll spend your time
You'll attend the Isle of Wight College's Centre of Excellence for Composites, Advanced Manufacturing and Marine (CECAMM) for 1 day a week.
If you already work in an engineering role, you'll also do work-based learning in the form of practical activities, working with colleagues to apply what you've learnt in the classroom to your job.
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks, which both include an assessment period:
Extra learning support
Academic skills support
As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- Academic writing
- Note taking
- Time management
- Critical thinking
- Presentation skills
- Working in groups
- Revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
Tuition fees (2021 start)
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
- Full time – £6,165 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- Part time – awaiting confirmation
- EU students
- awaiting confirmation
- awaiting confirmation
- International students
- Full time – £17,600 per year (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren't included in the tuition fees. So you'll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £100 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
How to apply
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.