SCQF Level 8

Course Overview

If you want to pursue a career as an electrical engineer, this course is designed for you.  


Electrical and Electronic Engineering is a two-year course taught at Edinburgh College’s Midlothian campus that, once complete, allows you to enter university as a third-year student. 


 In year one you will follow the HNC Electrical Engineering course. You will learn essential industry skills through various graded units including Mathematics and Engineering. Upon completion you will be fully prepared to begin your second year HND.  


Progression to the HND will provide you with practical skills and an understanding of advanced electrical concepts and theories. You will use the latest software and study technical subjects to give you a practical understanding of Analogue Digital Electronics and Microcontroller Units (MCU). 


In your third and fourth year as an electrical and electronic engineer student you will study at Edinburgh Napier University or Heriot-Watt University. These are degree-level studies where you will develop your skills and knowledge even further; gaining practical knowledge through large team-based projects; incorporating digital and software design mechanics and management. You will develop a high level of electrical and electronic engineering knowledge and be fully trained to begin your future career as an engineer. 


You will be taught by staff with extensive experience in the electrical and electronic engineering industry. You will also have access to Edinburgh College workshops where you will use up-to-date technology and equipment. The course is based in both the workshop and classroom ensuring you get a combination of practical and technical skills. 

What You Will Learn
  • Mathematics 
  • Analogue Digital Electronics 
  • MCU Processing 
  • Embedded Systems 
  • Electrical Theory 
  • Energy Systems 
  • Analogue Electronics 
  • Physical Electronics 
  • Communications 
  • Digital and Software Design 
  • Mechanics Management 
Entry Requirements
  • Higher Maths and Physics at grade B
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • You will be assessed at the end of each unit 
  • There is a three-hour exam at the end of year one  
  • There is a graded unit project during year two 
  • All units within the course must be achieved in order to gain the award 
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Admittance as a third-year student at universities including Edinburgh Napier University or Heriot-Watt University
Career Opportunities

An engineer in the electrical engineering fields including: 


  • Generation 
  • Distribution 
  • Research 
  • Manufacture 
  • Renewable energy and other emerging technologies 
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 3 days per week 
Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories

Rhys originally started at Edinburgh College as a full-time student and studied a range of subjects including electrical principles, maths, testing, measurement and wiring skills. On completing the Electrical Engineering NC Higher course, he successfully gained an apprenticeship through Trained Up and secured a position with Forth Ports PLC. As part of his training he returned to Edinburgh College to complete the practical element. 


Moving on from his Modern Apprenticeship Rhys applied to continue his studies on a part-time basis at Edinburgh College with the support of his employer. He has recently completed his HND Electrical Engineering and successfully gained full-time employment. 


Read more of our student stories here

Start Date and Time

Full Time

This course will start week commencing...
  • Monday 30/08/2021
End Date

Full Time

This course will end on...
  • Friday 17/06/2022
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