This qualification is aimed at learners preparing for roles in electrical and electronic engineering, for example electrical engineering technician or electronic engineering operative. Learners gain relevant skills and knowledge from studying a range of units, for example in electronic devices and circuits. The qualification is designed to be the substantive part of a 16–19 study programme for learners wanting a strong core of electrical and electronic engineering. It may be complemented with other BTEC Nationals or A Levels or non-qualification elements to support progression to specific job roles or to higher education courses in engineering.

The course provides the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for engineering technicians in the area of mechanical engineering. It also provides a progression route to higher education vocational qualifications such as a Higher National Certificate/Diploma or a Degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

This area covers the HNC qualification in electronics delivered by newbury College.

There are ten units, although the minimum requirement for the HNC is just 8 Most units have their own area, although some areas are devoted to two units.  Each are provides learning resources, assessment material and other facilities such as a forum for on-line discussion of topics with the tutor or other learners.

The HND provides a sound understanding of all key principles including core modules in Electrical Principles, Analytical Methods, Engineering Science and a project.

Core modules


The 'Edexcel Level 4 BTEC Higher Certificate in Mechanical Engineering' is a 2-year part time course, the total hours taught amounting to approximately 7½ hours per week. The qualification offers an engaging programme for apprentices who are clear about the area of employment that they wish to enter. For adult learners the BTEC Higher Certificate offers a specialist work-related qualification to confirm and extend their work experience if they are or have been employed in the sector.