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Higher National Certificate in Electronics

Higher National Certificate (HNC) courses are matched to the needs of work. Designed with employers, they give you the practical and professional skills needed in the industry and the role you want.

Because HNCs relate to a particular field of work, they can lead straight to employment, or even be taken whilst at work to gain professional status and progress in your career.

Most of our HNCs are available to study full-time over one year, or part-time over two years, making it easier to train while working and balance home and work life.

HNCs are very highly regarded qualifications by employers in the UK and overseas for their relevance and quality; they can also count towards membership of professional bodies and employer organisations.

Our HNC in Electronics, awarded by the University of Plymouth, gives you the theoretical knowledge, and technical skills, to begin your journey in the electronics industry. Covering everything from analytical methods and electronic principles to advanced CAD techniques and engineering software it is an ideal base from which to map out a career.

The course begins with analytical methods and the mathematical strategies and processes involved in solving a wide range of engineering problems. It continues with an exploration of electrical and electronic principles and electronics in more depth.

Moving onto design, you will learn advanced CAD techniques, 2D and 3D modelling skills, and computer simulation in support of engineering tasks. In a software module, you will learn to solve real engineering problems and present solutions.

Finally, your knowledge of electronic engineering will be tested in an individual engineering project. It represents a significant amount of work, in which you must be proactive in managing your own learning and identifying the resources to complete the task. The aims of the project are to ensure that you understand engineering disciplines and show how you integrate engineering topics into a range of project tasks.

Higher National Certificate in Electronics Handbook

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Sep 2021 : North Devon : Part-time
Course Code : HEB600P (2021)
Level : Level 4
Duration : 2 Years

Cost : Annual Fee £4325

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Sep 2022 : North Devon : Part-time
Course Code : HEB600P (2022)
Level : Level 4
Duration : 2 Years

Cost : * Annual Fee £4625

North Devon campus Apply

Course details


This courses tracks your progress using a mix of assignments, coursework, project work, and formal examinations at the end of each module.

A CAD assessment and extended engineering project are coursework-based.

Entry Requirements

You’ll require 64 UCAS points for admission on to this course; this equates to the following:

Merit/Merit at National Diploma level


Merit/Merit/Pass at Extended Diploma level


A-Level equivalents in a related subject

You’ll also need GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent qualifications).

Mature learners will be subject to an interview prior to entry; where any related experience will be taken into consideration.


Most successful students qualify to take the FdSc Electronics and Communications; an equally attractive alternative is an apprenticeship in engineering which could lead toward further study while in work.

Facilities and resources

You will be based at the South West Institute of Technology, offering advanced facilities and equipment, for digital science and engineering. It has clean-room fabrication capabilities, electronics design, manufacture and testing laboratories, additive technologies (3D), and production robotics. It is also a large, welcoming social environment, where students work, relax, and share ideas.

Please note: If you are only applying for a degree course at Petroc, you can do so through our website. If you are applying to more than one college or university, then you are required to apply via the UCAS application system

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Staring Date : 13/09/2021
Course Code : HEB600P (2021) North Devon campus Apply
Staring Date : 12/09/2022
Course Code : HEB600P (2022) North Devon campus Apply

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