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Electrical and Electronic Engineering University Route (incorporating HND Electrical Engineering)

Campus Midlothian Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 8

Study mode Full time

Duration 41 weeks

Start date Aug 2022

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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 units including Mathematics and Engineering. Upon completion of your year 1 studies, 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

Year 1 (HNC) – 15 credits

· Electricity Power Systems

· Electrical Safety

· Electrical Machine Principles

· DC and AC Principles

· Three Phase Systems

· Digital Electronics

· Electrical Networks and Resonance

· Power Electronics

· Application of Electrical and Electronic Devices

· Electrical Engineering: Graded Unit 1

· Communication: Practical Skills

· Information Technology: Applications Software 1

· Engineering Mathematics 1

· Engineering Mathematics 2

· Heriot Watt Mathematics (Year 1)

Year 2 (HND) – 15 credits

· Electrical Motor Drive Systems

· Transmission Lines and Complex Waves

· Transformers

· Utilisation of Electricity in Buildings

· Analogue Electronic Principles

· High-Level Engineering Software

· Electrical Installation Design

· Fundamentals of Control Systems and Transducers

· Electrical Engineering; Graded Unit 2

· Energy Technologies

· Business Awareness and Continuing Professional Development

· Engineering Mathematics 3

· Engineering Mathematics 4

Heriot-Watt Mathematics (Year 2)

How the course is assessed
  • You will be assessed at the end of each unit 
  • There is a three-hour written examination at the end of year one based on the knowledge gained throughout the year that is awarded either an A, B or C grade.
  • In year 2 you need to complete a graded unit 2 project that is awarded either an A, B or C grade. NB: Universities look for a B or higher in both graded units.) 
  • You must pass all units in order to gain the award. 

Number of days per week

  • 3 days per week 

Entry requirements

  • Higher Maths and Physics at grade B or above, although another science related suibject will be considered. 

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 5.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • Admittance as a third-year student at universities including Edinburgh Napier University or Heriot-Watt University

Career options

An engineer in the electrical engineering fields including: 

  • Generation 
  • Distribution 
  • Research 
  • Manufacture 
  • Renewable energy and other emerging technologies 

    Study Options

    Campus Study mode Start date Duration
    Midlothian Campus Full time 29/08/22 41 Weeks

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