Higher National Certificate (HNC) Electrical & Electronic Engineering | Furness College
Higher National Certificate (HNC) Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Higher National Certificate (HNC) Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Course Content

Awarding Body

This course is approved by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

How long is the course?

Part-time: Two years





 September 2021


HNC Electrical Year 1 (part-time)


HNC Electrical Year 2 (part-time)


HNC Mechanical Year 1 (part-time)


HNC Mechanical Year 2 (part-time)


BEng Electrical Year 1


BEng Electrical Year 2


BEng Electrical Year 3


BEng Electrical Year 4


BEng Mechanical Year 1


BEng Mechanical Year 2


BEng Mechanical Year 3


BEng Mechanical Year 4


HNC Mechanical and Electrical  Monday and Tuesday

How will I learn?

Acquisition of knowledge is mainly supported through lectures and directed learning. The role of directed learning increases as the course progresses. Understanding is reinforced through practical, tutorial and seminar work. This may involve a series of small exercises, extended case studies or discussions. Drop-in help sessions are provided to support particular areas.

What subjects will I study?

HNC Electrical and Electronic Engineering requires 120 credits including a minimum of 40 at Level 5 or above

Level 4

FT1600 Electrical Principles - 10 credits
FT1601 Engineering Mathematics - 10 credits
FT1602 Analogue and Digital Electronics - 20 credits
FT1603 Electronic Systems - 20 credits
FT1604 Aspects of Industrial Management - 20 credits

Level 5

FT2600 Engineering Project - 20 credits
FT2601 Linear Control Systems - 20 credits

How will I be assessed?

Informal and formative feedback is provided in tutorial, seminar and practical classes through class discussion and individual advice. Formal assessment is through practical and written coursework, and time-constrained examinations, which may include on-line multiple-choice exams, traditional examinations, open-book examinations and partially-seen questions.

Are there any additional costs?

In 2020/21, full-time fees are £6,600 per year plus a one-off BTEC registration fee of £220 meaning that the total fee is £6,820. Part-time fees in 2020/21 are £3,300 per year (£1,100 per 20 credit module) plus a one-off BTEC registration fee of £220 meaning that the total fee is £3,520. Please note, fees are set and are payable on a yearly basis and are subject to a small increase in line with inflation. For more details on additional costs, please refer to the HE Tuition Fees Contract.

Programme Specification

Click here to download the Programme Specification.

Entry Requirements

When is the next start date?

September 2021.

Enrolment & Timetable Information

HNC – Full time Course (Mech and Elec)
Monday and Tuesday

HNC Elec Part-time Year 1

HNC Elec Part-time Year 2

What are the entry requirements?

120 UCAS tariff points at A Level within an appropriate subject Or BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, with at least a Merit in six modules including both Further Maths and an appropriate Electrical science based module. OR An alternative equivalent qualification in an appropriate subject at the appropriate level to be determined via interview. AND 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English Qualifications equivalent to the above. Key skills in Mathematics level 2 will be accepted as an alternative for GCSE Mathematics Key skills in Communication level 2 will be accepted as an alternative for GCSE English

How can I apply?

PART TIME students can apply directly to the college using our online application: Furness College Application Form

Can I get more information?

For more information please contact us: T: 01229 825017 E: info@furness.ac.uk www.furness.ac.uk


What opportunities will this lead to?

Progression to B.Eng (Hons) Electrical Engineering. Furness College’s range of engineering programmes will enable students to gain employment and career progression as a professional engineer across a variety of industrial situations.

Technical Engineering: HE Day Release Schedule 2020

HNC Electrical Year 1Thursday
HNC Electrical Year 2Monday
HNC Mechanical Year 1Wednesday
HNC Mechanical Year 2Thursday
BEng Electrical Year 1Wednesday
BEng Electrical Year 2Wednesday
BEng Electrical Year 3Tuesday
BEng Electrical Year 4Monday
BEng Mechanical Year 1Tuesday
BEng Mechanical Year 2Wednesday
BEng Mechanical Year 3Tuesday
BEng Mechanical Year 4Monday
Student Profile
Rodney Odoni

“Electrical Engineering is an area that is guaranteed to continue to change and evolve so that, in a way, even experienced professionals are continually learning and refreshing their knowledge. Personally, it is this constant change that is so appealing. Local companies have a good relationship with the college and there are top notch facilities around college which makes learning enjoyable. Because of the constant change in technology, I believe on the HNC in Electrical Engineering I am on the right path to get closer to my goal to be a fully qualified electrical engineer with the skills to match the qualifications.”

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