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Electrical & Electronic Engineering BTEC HND

The Engineering Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND) programmes will enable you to enhance your understanding of engineering and help your career advancement. By studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering you can choose from a range of units that will allow you to tailor your studies towards electronics or electrical power, or a combination of the two.


“There were a few reasons why I chose to take a HND rather than a degree; firstly it offered a way to attain degree-level knowledge without crippling debt, and secondly there is also no pressure of exams - all the assessments are coursework-based which means you don’t end up going into an exam in the wrong frame of mind and potentially failing because it just wasn’t your day.”

“As an engineering student it’s really important that you get experience within a practical environment, and the course offered a lot of various practical opportunities to tackle real engineering problems - and of course it helps that the facilities and equipment in the engineering department are excellent! During the course I also had the opportunity to visit real engineering workplaces, which gives you a great indication of what it’s really like to be an engineer and what’s required in the job, potentially giving you the edge in finding work in the future.”

“Now I work for a major defence electronics company and my role as a lab steward at assistant manager level includes testing the Eurofighter Typhoon jet defence system - one of the most sophisticated and advanced defence systems in the world today! The job is a challenge, but I really enjoy it.”

Ben - Electrical & Electronic Engineering HND

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 2 A-Levels at grade A*-C (including Mathematics and Physics or Electronics), OR
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Merit or above, including Further Maths, OR
  • An equivalent Level 3 qualification in a related subject.

We also welcome applications from mature students who will be considered individually on experience rather than qualifications.

Course content

The course is designed to allow you sufficient choice to enable you to meet local and national employer needs through bespoke unit selection.

During the course you will study a core set of units, including:

  • Analytical Methods
  • Engineering Science
  • Electrical & Electronic Principles
  • An individual project (completed in the second year).

In addition to the core units, you can choose from a range of units that suit your individual requirements, including:

  • Analogue & Digital Electronics
  • Electronics
  • Electrical Power
  • Utilisation of Electrical Energy
  • Microcontrollers
  • Further Analytical Methods
  • Computer Programming Techniques.

Assessment methods

Your learning will be measured through a programme of continuous assessment, which will be comprised of a combination of individual assignments, group assignments, project work and some formal tests.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of the HND you will have the option to top-up the qualification to a full Bachelor’s degree at Bedford College or another university, or enter employment.  The course can allow you to take advantage of management opportunities within the industry.

Additional information

This full-time HND is delivered two days a week over two years.

To enrol on the full-time course you must apply through the University & Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) using the institution code BEDF B23 and the course code 006H. Visit or call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Course information & how to book

You will need to complete a UCAS online application form to apply for this course, available at The codes needed are located in the 'Additional information' section above. Please call the College on 01234 291000 if you have any queries about your application.

LengthStart DateFees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 24/09/2018 £5500 Cauldwell Street D489

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We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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