This course will introduce you to the higher level aspects of electrical engineering. You will take part in significant practical activities which are underpinned by a strong theoretical content that will guide you towards a career in electrical engineering. The academic level of this course is the same as year 1 at university.

  • During the qualification you will develop knowledge, understanding and skills in a range of core electrical principles, electrical power systems, electrical machine principles and electrical safety. 
  • DC and AC principles
  • Electrical machine principles
  • Three phase systems
  • Electricity power systems
  • Electrical networks
  • Programmable logic controllers (PLCs)
  • Electrical testing
  • Engineering Mathematics 1, 2 (3 is optional)
  • Communications practical skills
  • Combinational logic
  • Fundamentals of control systems
  • Graded Unit

One of the following

  • Two Highers at Grade C or above, one of which must be Maths with the other coming from Physics or Engineering Science (Grade D will be considered for exceptional candidates)
  • Foundation Apprenticeship: Engineering SCQF Level 6
  • National Certificate: Electrical Engineering SCQF Level 6 (including Maths: Tech 2)
  • Wind Turbine Maintenance (Technical Knowledge) SCQF Level 6
  • Another relevant course at SCQF Level 6 (incorporating Maths: Tech 1 and 2) accompanied by a good academic reference recommending articulation to a higher level
  • Relevant industry experience and/or other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis

If you successfully complete your HNC, you could progress onto HND: Electrical Engineering SCQF Level 8

It is possible to progress on to a degree at university from this course - see our HE and Degree Pathways Guide for more information


You could enter a career as an engineer in the electrical engineering field, including:

  • Generation
  • Distribution
  • Research
  • Manufacture
  • Renewable energy
  • Other emerging technologies


  • Scientific calculator
  • Scaled rule
  • Protractor