Electrical/Electronic Engineering: Higher National Certificate (HNC)

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This certificate is awarded by Pearson. Build up your engineering skills and work towards becoming a professional engineer with this course.

The course provides a specialist vocational programme with strong work related emphasis.  Students will build both academic and practical skills with a range of practical building projects throughout the two years including: ladder logic systems, and monitoring systems using mobile phones.

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What I'll learn

With this pogramme you can specialise in electrical power, electronics engineering or both. 

During your first year, you will study the following topics:

  • Engineering Design 
  • Engineering Maths
  • Engineering Science 
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles

During your second year, you will learn about:

  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project
  • Automation, Robotics and PLC’s 
  • Digital Principles 
  • Electronic Circuits and Devices 

The HNC is an internationally recognised qualification for engineering technicians and will enhance your career prospects. For those wanting to upgrade to an HND, this should be discussed with their personal tutor at the end of a successful year one. 


How I'll learn

At Reading College you will have access to advanced engineering systems including PLC/ microprocessor programming devices, modern CAD and 3D printer equipment and access to high standard electronic laboratory and mechanical workshop areas.

You will be provided with a suitably equipped place to work when attending college, which will include access to specialist staff, IT facilities and other learning resources which will be appropriate for the nature of work you will be required to undertake.

Additionally, the college offers a wide range of other resources and facilities including additional learning support, which will be available to you, further details of which can found in the Higher Education Student Handbook.

Study support

If you do not have a recognised disability or specific learning difficulty, but require additional support with your studies, you may be eligible to access some discrete sessions in one of the following areas:

  • assistive software training
  • IT upskilling
  • essay planning and structure
  • proofreading and editing written work
  • bibliographies and referencing
  • time management and personal organisation
  • revision and exam tips
  • presentation techniques

N.B. Your eligibility for any of the above support will be reviewed with your course tutors and a member of the study support team on your campus.


How I'll be assessed

The assessment you undergo could be formative or summative:

  • Formative - Designed to provide you with feedback on your progress and inform you of your on-going development. Formative assessments, such as in class exercises, tests, activities, do not form part of your grade.
  • Summative - Designed to provide a measure of your achievement in respect of your performance in relation to the intended learning outcomes of your programme of study. In other words, the end of Unit assignments will determine your grades.

You will be asked to participate in formative and summative assessment procedures which may require you to consider and grade your own work against the agreed assessment criteria. This allows you to reflect upon your own practice, with tutors, and to take responsibility for acknowledging areas of strength and weakness in your work.


Entry Requirements

A typical offer would be a BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Merit or Distinction with GCSE Maths and English C grade or above/ Functional Skills at Level 2. A-levels in Maths, Science or IT.

We will consider alternative qualifications or equivalent experience equivalent. Please contact us to discuss your circumstances. 

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate that their level of English is acceptable, by achieving a score in a recognised test such as British Council IELTS - normally minimum level 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in the reading and writing components


How to Apply

Applicants should apply directly to Reading College. Click on apply now, call 0800 371 434 or email: for more information.  

Fees information  

Home/ EU Fee for 2019 entrance: £3,200 per year.


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