HND Electronic Engineering
(Fixed Framework)

HND Electronic Engineering 
<br />(Fixed Framework)

Higher National qualifications provide skills and knowledge that employers need. They allow advanced entry to universities internationally.

The HND in Electronic Engineering (SCQF level 8) develops practical engineering skills and provides theoretical knowledge for a range of core electrical, analogue electronics and digital electronics principles. It covers all the fundamental aspects of electronic engineering, including testing, fault-finding, construction, and solving electronics problems.

This qualification is available through a growing number of colleges and universities internationally. Typically, an HND takes two years to complete.

Why deliver this qualification

Higher National qualifications have been developed by SQA in partnership with colleges, universities and industry ¿ so employers recognise that they provide sound evidence of ability.

The Unit-based structure supports flexible delivery. A Unit is typically 40 hours of timetabled learning.

Who does this qualification suit

The HND Electronic Engineering is suitable for a wide range of candidates including:

  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • individuals in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects in the electronic engineering industry

 Entry requirements

As with all SQA qualifications, entry is decided by the college or learning provider. As a guide, the college or learning provider will look for:

  • school-leaving qualifications equivalent to QCF level 3/ SCQF level 6 meaning the student has the ability to study at the higher level
  • a centre-devised test which shows the student's ability to study at HND level
  • relevant work experience

Progression and employment

The HND in Electronic Engineering can provide advanced entry to degree-level study. For further information please refer to the SQA Diploma to Degree agreements.

The HND Electronic Engineering is designed to lead to employment as an electronic development engineer, test technician, installation and/or maintenance engineer or similar position in a related industry.


Centre and subject approvals are required as outlined here: Approvals Process

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements for technical/occupational competence.

How to assess

Each individual Unit specification gives detailed information on the Evidence Requirements and approaches to assessment for each Unit.

Ongoing course assessment will apply.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification Structure

HND Electronic Engineering

Group Award code: GE8G 16 (240 SCQF credit points)

HND Electronic Engineering at SCQF level 8 consists of 28 Units.

Course Tutor Guide (including Course Framework)

For further information on the structure and Units for this course please refer to the Course Tutor Guide (608 KB)