HND/HNC Electronics Engineering

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93% of UWTSD students at the School of Applied Computing were satisfied with their course – NSS 2017.

There has long been a demand in industry for the computer expert who can understand the hardware, software and communications aspect of computer and electronic systems. While many courses cover one or other of these important topics this programme will educate you in all of these areas.


Key Facts

UCAS Code (HND): 116H
UCAS Code (Foundation): H608
UCAS Code (BEng): H610
Institution Code: S96
Course Length:
2 years full time (HND), 2 years part time (HNC)

Tuition Fees for 2018/19:
£9000 (Home/EU students)
£11000 (Overseas students)
Scholarships and Bursaries

School of Applied Computing
Contact Name:
Gareth Jones
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The HND/C Electronics Engineering course will develop knowledge of both the hardware and software systems needed for modern computers. It also concentrates on analogue electronics, digital electronics, microprocessors and digital signal processing and communications.

Emphasis is put on hands on exercises to reinforce the theoretical concepts covered in the lectures. Heavy use is put on industrial standard software packages such as Matlab, Xilinx, Mentor Graphics and Microsoft’s Visual Development Studio.

The School is equipped with state of the art digital signal processing and digital synthesis development systems made possible by equipment donations from Xilinx and Texas Instruments, this gives students the chance to gain first-hand experience on the best technology currently in use in industry.

There has been a move away from large scale design and manufacturing companies and small highly skilled SMEs have taken their place. Students in such an environment may therefore need to think about starting their own business.

The overall aim of this programme is to develop students with the skills to work in the computer systems and electronics industries. Through a number of industrial links the school has established a strong industrial demand for this programme. The expertise and skills you develop from creating and managing software and hardware solutions as part of a team is highly regarded by employers.

Year 1 modules (HNC/HND)

  • Academic and Employability Skills (10 credits)
  • Computer Architecture and Networks (20 credits)
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles (20 credits)
  • Mathematics (20 credits)
  • Micros, Peripherals and Interfacing (20 credits)
  • Programming 1 (20 credits)
  • Workshop Skills (10 credits)

Note: HNC students will study the above modules over 2 years, part time.

 Year 2 modules (HND)

  • Circuit Design and Analysis (20 credits)
  • Digital Signal Processing and Communications (20 credits)
  • Electronics Implementation Project (20 credits)
  • Network Operating Systems and Security (20 credits)
  • Object-Oriented Programming (20 credits)
  • Digital Electronics (10 credits)
  • Project Management (10 credits)

Students completing this HND have the option to study for an extra year to achieve a BEng degree. Please see: BEng Computer Systems and Electronics for details of the degree.

This HND/C scheme is designed to produce suitably equipped graduates to work in the computer systems and electronics industries within the UK. Through our industrial links we have also developed a program structure to provide students with the latest skills along with an appreciation of the demands of industry. Students will gain a wide exposure to modern technologies.

Applicants to this programme are numerate and logically-minded, and it is likely that they will have previously studied engineering, science, maths or information and communication technology. Such students will seek hardware, software and electronics skills.

They would seek to become a computer expert who can understand the hardware, software and communications aspect of computer and electronic systems. Graduates would seek positions as network design engineer, electronics design engineer, communications systems engineer, etc.

The School of Applied Computing aims to produce HND/C graduates that help shape the future of computing and electronics. The course content is contemporary and shaped for employability through close links with local and national employers.

Students are assessed through a combination of laboratory based practicals, assignments, presentations, projects and examinations. Module assessment is often by assignment, or assignment and examination. The final mark for some modules may include one or more pieces of course work set and completed during the module. Project work is assessed by written report and presentation.

Students are encouraged to use our links with Software Alliance Wales and Go Wales to work on commercial schemes for their Major Project module. Go Wales provides the opportunity of paid work placements with local businesses.

Typical A-Level Offer for HND:

48 UCAS tariff points to include:

One C grade at A-Level/AVCE; or
BTEC National Diploma grades Pass, Pass, Pass; or
BTEC National Certificate grades Pass, Pass; or
NVQ Level 3 - Pass

Subjects at Advanced Level should include Maths, ICT, Physics or similar.
GCSE Maths grade C or above is preferred.

Typical International Baccalaureate Offer:

Please contact the Admissions Tutor for more information.


Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please contact the  for more information.

Applicants for this programme would be technically minded and may have previously studied engineering, computing or the sciences.

They would seek to become a computer expert who can understand the hardware, software and communications aspect of computer and electronic systems. HND graduates would seek positions as network design technician, electronics design technician, communications systems technician, etc.

Here are some profiles of graduates from this programme and where they are now:

Other graduate testimonials can be found here:

Graduate Testimonials

UK/EU Tuition Fees

Visit our UK/EU Tuition Fees section to find out more.

Overseas Tuition Fees

Visit our Overseas Fees section to find out more.

Bursaries and Scholarships

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

It is possible to complete this programme of study without any additional costs.

Students may wish to purchase materials for modules, such as major project but this is not a requirement and will have no bearing on the final grade. 

The School will be seeking Incorporated Engineer status from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in the near future to align it with the existing programmes in the Computing and Electronics portfolio.