Electrical Engineering SCQF Level 7

An in-depth study of the principles and applications of electrical engineering.


Why take this course?

This course will introduce you to the principles and applications of electrical engineering. It is aimed at those who may have been out of education for some time, or those who want to boost their qualifications in order to pursue a successful career in the field of electrical engineering.

Please note that Year 2 of this course must be successfully completed in order to complete the full award. Completion of both years normally takes students around 18 months. 

What you will experience


You will explore a range of important topics, with units focusing on Single Phase AC Circuits and Electricity Power Systems. The units are designed to enable you to develop knowledge and understanding and apply basic electrical concepts and theorems to the solution of simple electrical problems.  Maths for Engineering is also included  in order to help you apply algebraic techniques to manipulate expressions and solve equations commonly found in engineering.

Study requirements
  • Evening class students: You will be expected to attend two 3.5 hour evening classes each week. The self-study requirements will be up to 6 hours per week. 
  • Day Release students: You will be expected to attend one 7 hour day at College each week. The self-study requirements will be up to 6 hours per week. 

This course will require commitment to self-study to keep up with course work and also significant preparation for assessment and examination.

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Entry requirements

Those who have recently left school should hold a Higher qualification in Maths or Physics, or should have completed the NC Electrical course.

A Foundation Apprenticeship in any subject area will be considered equivalent as one unrelated Higher for entry to this course.

Those without these qualifications who are returning to education and may be working in industry will be expected to complete the HNC Electrical Engineering: Pre Entry course.

What you need to know

Additional costs

This course involves an additional SQA fee. Please see our Courses Explained page for further information on costs.

Anything else?

All materials are supplied or provided through Library+ and online resources.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

Successful completion of Year 2 of the HNC course can lead on to the following course at North East Scotland College: 



Those applying for Year 1 of a part-time NC, HNC or HND level course will require pre-entry guidance before booking on to their course. Please contact the Student Advice Centre: 

Telephone: 01224 612330

Please note that timetabling changes can often occur after the Part-time Course Guide is published, and as a result the printed version of the guide may not hold the most up-to-date information.

We therefore advise you that all start dates and times listed on the website are at all times accurate, and should be used as your main point of reference before booking your course.

Aberdeen Altens Campus

Starts Duration Qualification Day(s) Time Fees* Code
4 February 2020 18 Weeks HNC Year 1 Tuesday and Thursday 5:45 pm - 9:00 pm £505.00
Paper bookings only

Paper bookings

If you would prefer to submit a paper booking form, please return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.