Electrical Engineering HND @ SCQF Level 8

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The HND in Electrical Engineering @SCQF Level 8 is a continuation of the HNC in Electrical Engineering @SCQF Level 7 and will progress the extensive learning achieved in the HNC. The course will be taught by staff with extensive industrial experience and will prepare you for a role as a Technical Engineer or allow progression to the second year of a degree programme at many universities.

Course code



Dumfries Campus


This is a full-time course with up to 2.5 days at the Dumfries campus for one year.

The course may also be available on day release format

Entry Requirements

To apply for this course, you will need to have completed an HNC in Electrical Engineering @SCQF Level 7

If you are currently studying at the College, you will also require a positive Progressing Learner Reference.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application you will be asked to attend an informal information and interview session. This may be in person, virtual either through TEAMS or by phone but remember to answer the Supporting Information questions on the application form with as much detail as possible. This will demonstrate your commitment to the course.

This is a key aspect of the application process. You must confirm your attendance should you be offered an Information and Interview Session.

During the Information and Interview Session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and level of course you have applied for. It is therefore important that you prepare well for this.

Course Content

On completion of this course, you will have enhanced your knowledge and understanding of:

Electrical circuit design including cable calculations, overcurrent protection and knowledge of electrical installation systems and the latest edition of the electrical regulations.

Electrical motor drive systems with earth protection, starting methods and transmission arrangements.

Energy systems, demand, emissions and production, sustainable and non-sustainable.

Energy Efficiency

Utilisation of electrical energy in buildings for power, heating, lighting and ventilation.

The effect of complex waveforms on transmission lines as well as electrical parallel and series circuits.

Continued study of mathematics for engineers

High Voltage protection systems and transformers.

Inspection and testing of Low Voltage Electrical Installations.


As part of this course assessments will be carried out in many different ways such as e-assessment, portfolios, project work, exams and practical experiments.


The programme is designed to progress to a degree level programme.

Career Prospects

An HND in Electrical Engineering @ SCQF Level 8 can allow progression to become a Technical Engineer in many industries as well as allowing entry to the second year of many degree programmes.

Additional funding information

Full Time Students: You should apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). Please visit their website: www.saas.gov.uk for further details.

Part Time Students: Fees will be discussed on an individual basis. Please contact Billy McRobert mcrobertw@dumgal.ac.uk

All students are liable for payment of their course fees, unless they make a successful application to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for full time fees or Part-Time Fee Waiver Grant (PTFG), are entitled to a SFC Fee Waiver, or their fees are to be paid by a third-party sponsor e.g. employer. It is the student’s responsibility to provide evidence of a successful application. If a student discovers they are ineligible for funding the student will become liable for unpaid fees Where students are self-financing, their course fees must be paid in full no later than 7 days prior to the course start date, unless an instalment plan has been agreed.
PAYMENT INSTALMENT PLANS Where students are self-funding the course fee must be paid in full no later than 7 days prior to the course start date unless they select one of the following payment options.

  • Where any net fee (after any applicable grant) is £300 or less the fee is payable in full no later than 7 days prior to the course start date.
  • Where any net fee is in excess of £300 up to £800 and the duration of the course exceeds 3 months – a 3-month instalment plan is available.
  • Where any net fee is in excess of £800 and the duration of the course exceeds 6 months – a 5-month instalment plan is available.
  • The 1st instalment is due no later than 7 days prior to the course start date with the remaining instalments payable on a monthly basis thereafter. Any application to pay by instalments must be made to the Finance department (Tel 01387 734000) who have sole discretion on accepting any application for payment in this way.

Selling Points

This is an excellent opportunity to progress to a degree level programme or into employment.

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