Electrical Engineering HND @ SCQF Level 8


The HND in Electrical Engineering at SCQF level 8 is a continuation of the HNC in Electrical Engineering at 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.




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

The course is also available on day release format or as an evening course.

Entry Requirements

To apply for this course you will need to have completed an HNC in Electrical Engineering at 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 tell us all about yourself in your personal statement!

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

During the information and interview session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and the 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 articulate to a degree level programme.

Career Prospects

A HND in Electrical Engineering at 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. It may also improve your opportunities for progresion within your own career path.

Additional funding information

You may be eligible for SAAS funding for this course, please go to the SAAS website for advice on how to apply.

Selling Points

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