Electrical/Electronic Engineering Level 5 HND

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Key information

Qualification type

Higher education

Course code


Career Pathway



Level 5


2 years


Kings Road,
Reading, RG1 4HJ

The course is for those who want to build up their engineering skills and work towards becoming a professional engineer. The course will develop skills and knowledge that will allow you to bring together engineering elements in project based assignments related to the needs of the engineering sector.

With an Electrical/Electronic Engineering Level 5 Higher National Diploma under your belt, you will be able to prove to potential employers that you have the ability to take personal responsibility for situations and show good judgement when asked to make decisions.

The course is designed to teach you how to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems and give you pathways into relevant occupational areas or onto degree-level study.

These pathways are linked to Professional Body standards (where appropriate) and can provide progression towards professional status or entry to the later stages of an appropriate degree.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to perform more effectively in your chosen field, progress to a top-up degree at University, enter employment or climb to the next rung on your career ladder!

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 


How I'll learn

The units are delivered through a variety of techniques to suit all different learning styles. The class work includes: group work, pair activities, investigations, discussions, experiments and note taking.

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. Support with students with disabilities is also available. 


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.


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