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Bradford College

Higher National Diploma in Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

Qualification Gained
Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)
Study Level
University, Level 5
2 years Full-time, 3 years Part-time
Start Date
September 2024
Study Mode
Full-time or Part-time
Trinity Green Building


The Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) is designed to provide you with a wider knowledge of Engineering principles and methodology, supported by the development of analytical and research skills to prepare you for employment opportunities in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering field. Emphasis will be placed upon reflection, analysis, environmental impact, critical thinking and personal development.

This programme is available as a full programme or Top-up.

  Key Info

Units are sequenced to provide you with a coherent learning experience. The structure will also ensure a practicable, even spread of assessments throughout the academic year.

The Higher National Diploma programme has a total value of 240 credits and is equivalent to approximately 2400 hours total learning time.

Teaching and learning methods include:

  • Lectures and Seminars
  • Workshops and Labs
  • Tutorials
  • Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) Moodle
  • Work Based Learning
  • Guest Speakers
  • Field Trips

Stage 1 (total 120 credits):

  • Engineering Design*
  • Engineering Maths*
  • Engineering Science*
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project*
  • Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines#
  • Quality and Process Improvement#
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles#
  • Electronic Circuits and Devices#

*Mandatory units

#Mandatory Specialist units

Year 2 (total 120 credits):

  • Research Project*
  • Professional Engineering Management*
  • Virtual Engineering#
  • Further Mathematics#
  • Industrial Power, Electronics and Storage#
  • Industrial Systems#
  • Sustainability#

*Mandatory units

#Mandatory Specialist units

Entry to this course requires a BTEC Level 3 qualification in Engineering and a minimum of 80 UCAS points. GCSE Mathematics and English at Grades A-C/9-4 or equivalent.


A minimum of 80 UCAS points including at least one Level 3 qualification in Mathematics, Physics or Computer Science. GCSE Mathematics and English at Grades A-C or equivalent.


An Access to Higher Education Certificate in an Engineering discipline awarded by an approved Further Education institution.

The School of Engineering welcomes applications from candidates who do not meet the above criteria, in this case applicants will be invited to an interview at which they will be expected to provide a portfolio demonstrating their suitability for entrance to the course.

Claims for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) are welcomed by the Programme team.

Assessments may include elements of:

  • Practical assessments
  • Portfolios of evidence
  • In-class tests
  • Lab work
  • Case studies
  • Examinations, both open and closed book
  • Reflective activities where you look back over your experiences, analyse them with the assistance of relevant theory and reflective tools, and learn from the experience, online discussions that you have had with your peers, tutors and invited contributors to the programme
  • Oral and written reports
  • Journals, blogs and log books
  • Plans (eg action plans, plans for your group activities)
  • Presentations

Although this course does not directly offer work experience, there are opportunities for you to undertake a work placement or work experience during your time studying on this course.

The programme is designed to support career progression for anyone working in Engineering or for those who would like to develop their knowledge and skills and pursue a career in this field.

Full-time: £8,000. Part-time: Pro rata rate depending on intensity of study* *Intensity of Study refers to the amount of credits being studied in the academic year.

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.


If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact [email protected]

Disclaimer: Our prospectus, college documents and website are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. We reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service at any time.

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