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Electrical and Electronic Engineering BTEC Level 4 HNC

The BTEC HNC Diploma Level 4 is a specialist technical programme with a strong work related emphasis. The course is broadly based and covers essential topics in the field of electrical (power) engineering as well as electronics. The qualification is widely recognised in all branches of the industry and is an essential qualification for promotion in many organisations.


For students who intend to proceed to university, the HNC Diploma provides a very sound technical foundation and a valuable introduction to the type of study skills necessary for higher level courses.


Please note this is a course for adults (19+). Click here for courses for 16-18 year olds.

  • Course details, fees and dates

    Course Code 22-PL4HC-ELE-1A / 10001

    Start Date September

    How long is the course? 2 years (34 weeks per annum)

    What time does the course start? 9AM

    What time does the course end? 5PM

    When does the course run? Mon, Wed & Thursday

    How much does the course cost? All Fees £2,800 per year

    Are concessions available? No

    Examining Body Pearsons

    Is an interview required? Yes

  • Who is the course for?

    The course is suitable for those employed in a technical or managerial capacity in any industry in which electrical and electronic technology is applied.

  • Am I qualified to join the course?

    Formal entry requirements are:

    • BTEC National Diploma/Certificate - Level 3 in Electrical/Electronic Engineering
    • AS/A2 levels in Physics and Mathematics at grade D above (preferably C or higher in AS/A2 Mathematics).
  • What will the course cover?

    This is a two year course with attendance one full day per week. The course is made up of eight units - three mandatory core units which everyone takes and five specialist units. The specialist units enable you to study particular areas in depth.

    Year 1

    Analytical Methods for Engineers*
    This unit will provide the analytical knowledge and techniques needed to carry out a range of engineering tasks and will provide a base for further study of engineering mathematics.

    Digital and Analogue Devices and Circuits
    This unit will provide the knowledge and skills needed to design and test DC power supply systems, operational amplifier circuits and digital electronic circuits.

    Engineering Science*
    This unit aims to give you an understanding of the mechanical and electrical principles that underpin mechanical and electrically focussed engineering systems.

    Business Management Techniques for Engineers
    The unit develops knowledge and understanding of structures and inter-relationships of an engineering business.

    Year 2

    Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation*
    You will need to develop your skills of independent enquiry by undertaking a sustained investigation of direct relevance to your technical, academic and professional development.

    Microprocessor Systems
    This unit will develop your understanding of microprocessor-based systems and their use in instrumentation, control or communication systems.

    Electrical Power
    This unit aims to develop your understanding of the underlying technology involved in the utilisation of electrical energy in some of the more important areas of electrical engineering.

    Combination and Sequential Logic
    This unit will develop your understanding of digital techniques and practical applications of both combinational and sequential logic.

    Units marked * are mandatory units.

  • What will I be able to do as a result of the course?

    On successful completion of the course:
    You will be able to:

    • interpret and analyse specifications for electrical and electronic products (including microprocessor based devices).
    • undertake design and development activities at system and component levels.

    You will have:

    • an understanding of the mathematical and scientific concepts on which the practical material in the course is based.
    • an insight into the way in which a technology based organisation is managed.

    You should be able to use:

    • a variety of modern pieces of laboratory test equipment and simulation software.

    You will have experience of:

    • completing and presenting, as an individual, a substantial report.
  • How will I be taught?

    Whilst at college you will experience formal teaching, discussions, laboratory practical work, computer simulation and activities arising from your project. You will have regular constructive feedback on assessment. You will also be expected to spend an additional several hours per week in research and preparation.

  • How will the course be assessed?

    The assessment of BTEC Higher National qualifications will be at unit level and there will be an overall grade for the certificate. Each unit will be graded pass, merit or distinction. A pass is awarded for the achievement of all outcomes against the specified assessment criteria. Merit and distinction grades are awarded for higher-level achievement, which may be drawn from the higher-level skills. The BTEC Higher National qualification is assessed using a variety of techniques depending on the nature of the unit being studied. In general there is a mixture of 'in course' assignments (some time-constrained) reports, technical presentations, fieldwork and laboratory work. Through work produced on the project units, the learner will be able to incorporate new skills and other attributes gained from the programme.

  • Will I have a chance to get my own views across?

    You will have constant contact with your teacher throughout the length of the course and there will be an opportunity to evaluate your course at the end.

  • What can the course lead to?

    Completion of the course will enable you to progress in your career as:

    • system engineer or technician
    • design engineer or technician
    • development engineer or technician
    • test engineer or technician
    • servicing engineer or technician
    • sales or field engineer

    The qualification could also assist you in making successful application for supervisory posts. You could also continue with your studies on to a degree course.



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