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Electrical Engineering HND (Full-time)

Take the first step towards an interesting and exciting career in Electrical Engineering!


Equivalent to two years of a university degree, this Electrical and Electronic Engineering HND offers you the practical and personal skills needed for a role in the sector or progression to higher-level study.


The programme is delivered flexibly, so it will fit easily around your current employment and other commitments. 


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Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma Electrical/Electronic Engineering

  • Key Information

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    AwardPearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma Electrical/Electronic Engineering 

    Mode of Study: Full-time

    Duration2 Years

    Location: Bolton College

    UCAS points: 32

    UCAS Code: H390

    Start Date: 19/09/2022

  • Course Details

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    This HND BTEC Engineering (Electrical Engineering) course is taught by Bolton College on behalf of the University of Bolton.


    This Level 5 HND in Electrical and Electronic Engineering is designed to develop your knowledge and skills across a range of electronic and electrical technologies that are essential to businesses in this rapidly evolving and dynamic sector of the economy. The course also aims to help you gain key transferable skills that are highly valued by employers. 


    Throughout the course, our team of dedicated experts will guide you as you gain knowledge and understanding, as well as practical, professional and subject specific skills. Initially your studies will focus on the core knowledge that is required by all engineers, such as engineering design, mathematics and science, and how to manage a professional engineering project. You’ll then build on this learning with specialist and optional units that concentrate on developing your understanding and skills in essential areas of electrical and electronic engineering and engineering management. 


    We’ll help you learn the principles of electrical engineering, and cover essential areas such as analogue and digital electronics, programmable logic controller, automation and control, high level engineering software and advanced mathematical studies.You’ll also undertake an individual project, where you’ll have the opportunity to develop and apply your knowledge, practical ability and design skills. Overall, we’ll support you as you develop cognitive, intellectual and thinking skills, and gain valuable key, personal and transferable skills ready for employment or further study. 

  • Highlights

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    • The course provides opportunities for you to make progress towards achieving internationally recognised registration with a professional body regulated by the Engineering Council.
    • We’ll encourage you to undertake a work placement during the summer break – this is recommended but is not a course requirement.
    • On successful completion of this programme you’ll be awarded a Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering).
    • Bolton College scores highly in student satisfaction surveys for its HE provision, and we take pride in being able to offer you the opportunity to learn from industry-experienced staff.
  • Key Features

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    • This course offers essential subject knowledge that you’ll need to progress successfully within or into the world of work or onto further study.
    • Our approach to teaching and learning is ‘student-centred’, so we’ll work with you on an individual basis, providing tailored help and support throughout your studies.
    • You’ll have the opportunity to develop and enhance crucial skills such as communication, teamwork, organising and planning, numeracy, problem solving, flexibility and adaptability, action planning, self-awareness, initiative, personal impact and confidence, environmental sustainability, and social, public and ethical responsibility.
  • Professional Recognition

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    Qualifications in engineering within the UK are referenced against the Engineering Council, UK specifications which sets standards at Levels 3, 6 and 8. The Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Engineering are set at Level 4 and 5 and have been written with reference to the Engineering Council specification for Level 3 and 6.


    Holders of the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) meet the academic requirements for the Engineering Council Engineering Technician Standard (EngTech).

  • Entry Requirements

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  • Career Opportunities

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    If you choose to complete a BTEC Level 5 HND in Engineering it’s expected that you’ll be aiming to go on to employment or progress to a final year at university. Pearson developed these qualifications in close collaboration with experts from professional bodies, businesses, universities and college to ensure you gain the skills and knowledge you’ll need to succeed in the future – whichever route you take.


    What can I do with this qualification?

    This HND is designed to prepare you for a career in in areas such as electrical engineering, electronics, avionics, automotive, telecommunications and mobile communications. You might also pursue employment in areas such as power generation and distribution, renewable energy, lighting, heating, ventilation, lift systems, manufacturing, construction and transport networks.


    If you successfully complete the Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) you’ll be to progress onto a higher level qualification. For instance, you’ll be eligible to apply for advanced standing to bachelor’s degrees, such as the University of Bolton’s BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering.


    Alternative career options

    Diploma holders can also use the qualification to enter a range of other careers. For some of these roles, relevant experience and/or further study may be required. Some of these careers include:

    • Teaching
    • Research and development
    • Finance
    • Business
    • Intellectual property
    • Government and Civil Service
    • Military
  • Fees & Funding

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    Home FeesYear of studyTotal
    Entry year 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24
    2022 £5,996 £5,996 - £11,992
    2022 - £5,996 £5,996 £11,992



    When completing your student finance application, please list your institution as ‘University of Bolton’, not ‘Bolton College’.


    Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on for information. 


    The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.


    For 2021-2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021-2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.




    Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.


  • How to Apply

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    You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

    You should have to hand:

    • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

    • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

    • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

    • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

    • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

    Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

    Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

    If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or


  • Teaching & Assessment

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    The varied nature of this HND programme means that we use a wide range of teaching and learning methods. In order to ensure you acquire and develop the appropriate concepts, knowledge and skills, we combine timetabled classes with student-centred and independent learning. You can expect to attend lectures, practical sessions, workshops, tutorials and informal group study sessions. There will also be opportunities to go on site visits to view state-of-the-art projects, and attend guest lectures by specialists from industry, the professional bodies or other academic institutions.


    There are significant opportunities to spend time with the tutors and technicians during timetabled classes, practical work and tutorials. However, we’ll still expect you to devote a significant amount of time to personal study. For example, this time might be spent engaging in general background reading, revisiting practical work, attending technical meetings and lectures provided by the professional bodies or working on assignments.


    We use a range of assessment methods, depending upon the learning outcome in question and the type of module content being assessed. You’ll have opportunities to test your understanding of subjects informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark or grade. Each module/unit will normally contain at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you’ll receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades/marks you receive for them do not count toward your module/unit mark or grade.


    There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module/unit. Methods include a range of coursework assessment such as exams, essays, reports, portfolios, presentations, and final year major project. The grades from the formal assessments count towards your module/unit mark or grade.


    The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

    • Engineering Maths
    • Engineering Science
    • Engineering Design
    • Managing a Professional Engineering Project
    • Electrical and Electronic Principles
    • Electronic Circuits and Devices
    • Instrumentation and Control Systems
    • Automation, Robotics and Programmable Logic Controllers
    • Research Project
    • Professional Engineering Management
    • Further Mathematics
    • Industrial Systems
    • Further PLCs
    • Analogue Electronic Systems


    Assessment methods


    Assessment method

    Level One

    Coursework (97%), Practical exams (3%)

    Level Two

    Coursework (100%)

    Learning activities


    Learning activity

    Level One

    Guided independent study (60%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (40%)

    Level Two

    Guided independent study (60%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (40%)



    The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

  • Contact Us

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    Gibson Jeremie
    Programme Leader, Bolton College
    Telephone: +44 (0)1204 482035


    Peter Alstead
    Head of Area, Bolton College
    Telephone: +44 (0)1204 482035