HNC Electrical Engineering candidate information

HNC/HND Electrical Engineering

The HNC Electrical Engineering allows you to work towards meeting the educational requirements of recognition as electrical incorporated engineer. The qualification contains up-to-date and relevant electrical subject content and skills.

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. You will also be able to achieve a degree of specialisation within the following areas: Electrical Principles, Information Technology, Three Phase Induction Motors, Power Electronics, Inspection and Testing of Low Voltage Electrical Installations, Programmable Logic Controllers, Electrical Systems in Hazardous Environments, Control Systems, Mathematical studies, Electrical Installation Skills and Engineering Quality.

You will develop your ability to apply analysis and synthesis skills to the solution of electrical engineering problems.

Employment and progression opportunities

If you wish to pursue a career in the Electrical Industry, this HNC will open up opportunities across a number of sectors, including: the electrical contracting industry, local authorities, design consultancies, the oil and gas industry and the renewables industry.

If you are already working in the Electrical or associated industries, you can use this HNC as part of your continuing professional development, or to upgrade your current qualifications.

The HNC Electrical Engineering provides a solid platform for you to proceed to the advanced stages of a Degree programme in Electrical Engineering (a Degree is required to satisfy the full academic requirements to become an incorporated engineer). For more information contact the Institution of Engineering and Technology (

Ask your lecturer about progression arrangements your college has with any universities.


As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. Suitable formal entry qualifications include: