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Electrical and Electronic Engineering HNC

On this course, you'll develop a fundamental understanding of Electronic Engineering Sciences and Management and learn how to apply this across many industries.

Key information

Typical offer:

48 UCAS points to include a minimum of 1 A level, a BTEC qualification, or equivalent, in a relevant engineering discipline

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Empower your career with our HNC Electrical and Electronic Engineering. On this programme, you'll get to grips with the fundamentals of engineering sciences, and learn how you can apply your skills in the workplace.

You can study part time over 2 years on day release from your job. You'll be learning from engineering experts in a brand new £12million facility packed with the latest equipment and resources.  

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.

The course takes place at the Centre of Excellence for Composites, Advanced Manufacturing and Marine (CECAMM) at Isle of Wight College.

Isle of Wight College – CECAMM

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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.

Course highlights

  • Earn while you study part-time on day release
  • Use the facilities of the brand new, £12 million CECAMM at Isle of Wight College
  • Study areas of engineering 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
  • Have access to the University's student support services and community including the Library, study support, sport and recreation facilities, and the Student Union
  • Have the option to continue your studies and top-up your HNC to a Higher National Diploma (HND) after you complete the course

Contact information


+44 (0) 23 9284 5566

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Entry requirements

We look at more than just your grades

While we consider your grades when making an offer, we also carefully look at your circumstances and other factors to assess your potential. These include whether you live and work in the region and your personal and family circumstances which we assess using established data.

Explore more about how we make your offer

HNC Electrical and Electronic Engineering entry requirements

Typical offers

  • UCAS points – 48 points to include a minimum of 1 A level, a BTEC qualification, or equivalent, in a relevant engineering discipline (calculate your UCAS points)
    • Other qualifications such as Vocational A levels (AVCE) and Access courses will also be considered
    • Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience will be considered
  • A levels – EEE
  • T-levels – Pass (D or E in the core)
    Acceptable T Level Subjects: T Level in Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning, T Level in Science, T Level in Engineering and Manufacturing Design and Development, T Level in Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing, T Level in Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing and Control
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – PPP

Selection process

All shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview in support of their application.

You may need to have studied specific subjects – find full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept at UCAS.

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.

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

What jobs can you do with an HND in Electrical and Electronic Engineering?

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.

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Ongoing career support – up to 5 years after you graduate

Get experience while you study, with support to find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities, and work experience.

Towards the end of your degree and for up to five years after graduation, you’ll receive one-to-one support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to help you find your perfect role.


Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

You'll study modules worth a total of 120 credits.


Core modules in this year include:

  • Analytical Methods for Engineers – 15 credits
  • Electrical and Electronic Measurement And Testing – 15 credits
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles – 15 credits
  • Engineering Science – 15 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

You'll need to do around 120 hours of self-directed learning for each module.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Combination and Sequential Logic – 15 credits
  • Digital and Analogue Devices And Circuits – 10 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. 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 you

Even though you'll study your course at one of our partner colleges, you'll still be a student of the University of Portsmouth.

You'll have access to support via video, phone and face-to-face from University teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following University services:

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.

Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone, or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Costs and funding

Tuition fees

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
    • Part time – £3,850 per year
  • EU students
    • Part time – £3,850 per year

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 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:

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.