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Electrical and Electronic Engineering — Higher National Certificate (HNC)

Engineering and Professional Construction

Course ID: 163792

Course Year: 21/22

Course Details

  • We embody the requirements of future employers to prepare you for your career.
  • Develop interpersonal skills, cognitive and problem-solving skills.
  • BTEC National Higher Certificate.
  • Develop as a professional and boost your employability.
  • Progress to employment or further your study with us on course completion.
  • Access support and guidance from our highly qualified teaching team.
  • Study in a friendly, respectful and inclusive learning enviornment.

What to expect from the course

The purpose of the BTEC Higher National Certificate in Engineering is to help you develop as a professional, self-reflecting individual who is able to meet the demands of employers in the rapidly evolving engineering sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications also aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.

Specific units for the Electrical/Electronic programme are as follows:

Mandatory Core Units:

  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Maths
  • Engineering Science
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project

Mandatory Specialist Units:

  • Electrical and Electronic Principles

Optional Units:

  • Automation
  • Robotics and PLC
  • Digital Principles
  • Electronic Circuits and Devices

Skills and Knowledge Developed:

You'll need both good qualifications and employability skills to enhance their career prospects and personal development. Throughout the programme, the course embeds the development of key skills, attributes and strengths required by twenty-first century employers.

Where employability skills are referred to, this generally means skills in three main categories:

  • Cognitive and problem-solving skills: critical thinking, approaching non-routine problems by applying expert and creative solutions, use of systems and digital technology, generating and communicating ideas creatively.
  • Intra-personal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and self-development, self-analysis and reflection, planning and prioritising.
  • Interpersonal skills: effective communication and articulation of information, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation.

You can also benefit from opportunities for deeper learning, where you are able to make connections between units and select areas of interest for detailed study. In this way, the Higher National qualification in Engineering provides a vocational context in which students can develop the knowledge and academic study skills required for particular degree courses and progression to university, including:

  • Active research skills
  • Effective writing skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative problem-solving
  • Decision-making
  • Team building
  • Digital literacy
  • Practical design and build skills
  • Experimental and testing techniques
  • Competence in assessment methods used in higher education

The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online:

HNC Electrical and Electronic Engineering Programme Handbook (21-22)

Please note: this course will only run when it has a sufficient number of applicants.


Higher National Certificate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Why study with us?

The City of Liverpool College has up-to-date equipment and software to complement or prepare students for work in engineering industries. Released students are encouraged to complete a work-based project. Where appropriate, the teaching is practically based.

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

The Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding in engineering, which students can build on should they decide to continue their studies beyond the Certificate stage.

On successful completion of the Level 4 Higher National Certificate, students can progress into employment or continue their study at level 5 - HND in Engineering (Top-Up) - which provides an opportunity to extend an existing HNC qualification to a higher level with study of more in depth specialist units.

We're here to help...

Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

• BTEC Level 3 qualification in Engineering
• A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C (or equivalent)
• Other related Level 3 qualifications
• An Access to HE Certificate awarded by an approved further
education institution
• Related work experience
• An international equivalent of the above

Applicants should hold a total UCAS Tariff points score from relevant qualifications of at least 96 points.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


This course is only available to learners aged 18 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer, but you may qualify for a student loan through Student Finance England towards the cost of your course and living costs. Find out more at, or contact our HE team at

Fee for21/22 is 7283.00
In future years we anticipate increasing this fee in line with the annual inflation level (capped at RPI All Items Excluding Mortgage Interest (RPIX)).

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