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Higher Education Courses

Electrical & Electronic Engineering HNC Level 4

Herefordshire & Ludlow College awarded by Pearson (BTEC Level 4 HNC in Engineering).

Key Facts

Level: 4

Attendance: Part-time (one day per week)

Duration: Two years

Location: HLC Hereford Campus

Application: HLC application form

Course Intro

The Edexcel Higher National Certificate is primarily an academic, work-related course and is composed of eight units. Some of the units are compulsory core units and there is a choice of specialist options, subject to demand.

Course Content

The course is designed to improve the career prospects of students who are working within the engineering industry and those who wish to broaden their skills set. It will support a career path in electrical and electronic engineering, engineering maintenance, production, project management and related disciplines. You will do this by developing knowledge and skills relating to modern production techniques including robotics, pneumatics, hydraulics, design, project, and PLCs.

Typical units are as follows: (these may change from time to time):

Year 1

  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering Maths
  • Digital Principles
  • Electro, Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems

Year 2

  • Engineering Design
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Automation, Robotics and Programmable Logic Controllers



Assessment methods take a variety of formats and may include written reports, presentations, case studies, individual/group projects and reflective statements. Where units can relate to the workplace, the assessment will relate to your own organisation (if appropriate) and/or a vocational setting.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have one of the following:

  • Passes at grade C or above in two or more A Levels (80 UCAS tariff points) in relevant subjects, or a relevant Level 3 BTEC Diploma with a minimum of a Merit grade
  • GCSE Maths and English at Grades 9–4 (C or above)
  • Mature students will be assessed on relevant experience
  • All students will be admitted on their ability to benefit from study at this level and their intellectual capacity and motivation to succeed


Successful completion of this two year course enables the student to study for a Top-up Higher National Diploma (HND) or to move on to study at degree level (you will generally be exempt from the first year of the course). Alternatively, employment may be gained in a supervisory/technical capacity.

Course Fees

£2,950 per year. All fees are subject to change; please check with the relevant provider.