London Metropolitan University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

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Course summary

The course will allow you to gain a wide understanding of the engineering industry before specialising in the electrical engineering pathways. This will build core skills while preparing you for more intense subject specialisation. You will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace activities. This qualification in electrical and electronic engineering is for those who wish to work as a technician or technician engineer in electrical and electronics design, manufacture, maintenance, testing or fault finding. The programme has been developed in consultation with the local industry, and combines theory and practical work with a focus on industrial applications. Students successfully completing the HND qualification will have direct entry to London Met's Electronics and Internet of Things BEng (Hons) degree and Computer Systems Engineering and Robotics BEng (Hons) degree. Direct entry to the Computer Networking and Infrastructure Security BEng (Hons) will require Cisco CCNA certification, which London Met offers via its short course programme. Many campus-based universities will accept this qualification as an entry requirement to year three of their degree programmes. Benefits of this course:

  • This qualification will give you a good chance of increasing your earning potential.
  • Successful completion will give you a nationally and internationally recognised qualification.
  • It will give you a strong foundation in electrical and electronic engineering.
  • You will develop your knowledge and academic ability.
  • The HND is viewed by employers as a vocational course as it prepares you for careers in the workplace.
To ensure you can focus on skills you need, BTEC Higher National Diplomas are recognised by employers around the world for their emphasis on developing practical skills alongside specialist knowledge and understanding of an industry or sector. With their strong focus on technical skills, they help to address the high-level technical skills shortage that’s an important issue in the UK and globally. This course aims to:
  • develop and apply an understanding of the science, engineering principles and associated technology in the area of electrical and electronic engineering
  • provide specialised studies directly relevant to individual vocations and professions in which students are working or intend to seek employment
  • enable students to make an immediate contribution in employment
  • provide flexibility, knowledge, skills and motivation as a basis for career development and as a basis for progression to graduate and postgraduate studies
  • develop students’ ability in Electrical and Electronic Engineering through effective use and combination of the knowledge and skills gained in different parts of the programme
  • develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life
Throughout this course there will be a number of guest lecturers who support the delivery of the programme as well as employer engagement throughout to ensure you are fully prepared for the world of work. During your studies you will be able to undertake student membership with the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and on completion of the course you will be able to register for the Engineering Technician status under the IET.


Example modules include Engineering Design, Engineering Maths, Engineering Science, Engineering Project (Pearson-set), Electrical and Electronic Principles, Electrical Systems and Fault Finding, Electronic Circuits and Devices, Renewable Energy, Research Project, Professional Engineering Management (Pearson-set), Further Mathematics, Industrial Power, Electronics and Storage, Industrial Systems, Further Electrical, Electronic and Digital Principles, and Sustainability.

Assessment method

Formative assessment is primarily developmental in nature and designed to give feedback to students on their performance and progress. Assessment designed formatively should develop and consolidate knowledge, understanding, skills and competencies. It is a key part of the learning process and can enhance learning and contribute to raising standards. Through formative assessment tutors can identify students’ differing learning needs early on in the programme and so make timely corrective interventions. Tutors can also reflect on the results of formative assessment to measure how effective the planned teaching and learning is at delivering the syllabus. Each student should receive one set of written formative feedback, otherwise some students may feel that others are being given more than their share of verbal feedback. Summative assessment is where students are provided with the grades contributing towards the overall unit grade. For summative assessment to be effective it should also give students additional formative feedback to support on-going development and improvement in subsequent assessments. All formative assessment feeds directly into summative assessment for each unit and lays the foundations from which students develop the necessary knowledge and skills required for the summative assessment. Effective assessment feedback is part of continuous guided learning which promotes learning and enables improvement. It also allows students to reflect on their performance and helps them understand how to make effective use of feedback. Constructive and useful feedback should enable students to understand the strengths and limitations of their performance, providing positive comments where possible as well as explicit comments on how improvements can be made. Feedback should reflect the learning outcomes and assessment criteria to further help students understand how these inform the process of judging the overall grade. The timing of the provision of feedback and of the returned assessed work also contribute to making feedback effective. Some of the assessment tools that could be used are work-based projects, written assignments (reports, briefing documents, planning documents, design documents, machine operating instructions in the form of a computer program, solutions to engineering problems through discourse and/or calculation), presentations, vivas, role plays supported by an observer’s statement and/or video evidence, portfolios, reflective statements, production of artefacts, work log books and witness statements.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Other accepted qualifications include a GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C or 9 to 4 (or equivalent). Related work experience or an international equivalent of one of the required qualifications will also be accepted.

English language requirements

If you do not hold the required qualifications in English, you may still be accepted if you can demonstrate Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2, PTE 51 or IELTS 5.5 (reading and writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent).

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6000 Year 1
Scotland £6000 Year 1
Wales £6000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees. Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) at London Metropolitan University - UCAS