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Mode of Study
Full-time, Part-time
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Start Date
September 2022


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.

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

Entry requirements​

HNC Electrical and Electronic Engineering entry requirements

Typical offers
  • A levels – EEE
  • UCAS points – 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 (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – PPP
Selection process
  • All applicants will need to attend an interview.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

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
  • robotics
  • broadcasting
  • telecommunications
  • 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.

Modules currently being studied

HNC Electrical and Electronic Engineering modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • Analytical Methods for Engineers – 15 credits
  • Combination and Sequential Logic – 15 credits
  • Digital and Analogue Devices And Circuits – 10 credits
  • Electrical and Electronic Measurement And Testing – 15 credits
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles – 15 credits
  • Engineering Science – 15 credits
  • Management of Projects – 15 credits
  • Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation – 20 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

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:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • group discussions

How you're assessed​

You'll be assessed through:

  • coursework
  • exams
  • 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:

  • September–January
  • January–May

Supporting your learning

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
  • referencing
  • 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.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2022 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
    • Full time – £6,165 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
    • Part time – awaiting confirmation
  • International students
    • Full time – £18,300 per year (subject to annual increase)

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

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.

Contact our Housing Support Team if you need help and advice about accommodation.


How to apply

Start your application by following the link below:

Alternatively, to apply through UCAS, (full-time only), you’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code –H614
  • our institution code – P80

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.

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