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  • 100%

    of our HNC / HND students progressed to employment or further study

    Destination data, academic year 2016/17 (HNC 19+ students)

  • Highly qualified and experienced staff

Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 2 Years 4 Full-Time Washington Campus University Level Qualification

What’s it all about?

Explore the main principles of electrical and electronic engineering to progress or start a career in this specialist sector. Engineering needs creative people who can solve problems and use speciailist skills to find solutions. This qualification will help you to further develop your skills and personal qualitities in specialist areas such as electronic design, power engineering, manufacture and maintenance.

Level 3 Diploma in Electrical/Electronic or Operations and Maintenance Engineering, a relevant A-Level programme or extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in your work sector.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire You will need to provide your own stationery. You could purchase books from the recommended reading list, however, they are available to borrow from the college’s Learning Centre. You could have the opportunity for relevant trips though none are mandatory

You will learn through a variety of methods including classroom teaching, craft workshop activity, directed work with other students, directed private study, directed study in the Learning Resources Centre. Assessment methods could include written assignm

The course is designed for those already working in a relevant engineering role.

4 core units - Engineering Science (L4), Analytical Methods for Engineers (L4), Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation (L5), Electrical and Electronic Principles (L5). Specialist units – Health, Safety and Risk Assessment (L4), Engineering Design (


Our HE Academic Support Tutor can provide help with study skills, written English, academic writing, research skills, critical thinking and revision, assessment and examination skills.

What’s next?

You could progress to a top-up degree in a related subject area, to achieve a full honours degree.

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Electrical Engineers

Electrical engineers undertake research and design, direct construction and manage the operation and maintenance of electrical equipment, power stations, building control systems and other electrical products and systems.

Medium Salary

£ 50339

1361 people employed as Electrical Engineers in the current year.

Electronics Engineers

Electronics engineers undertake research and design, direct construction and manage the operation and maintenance of electronic motors, communications systems, microwave systems, and other electronic equipment.

Medium Salary

£ 42089

560 people employed as Electronics Engineers in the current year.

Electrical and Electronics Technicians

Electrical and electronics technicians perform a variety of miscellaneous technical support functions to assist with the design, development, installation, operation and maintenance of electrical and electronic systems.

Medium Salary

£ 34018

593 people employed as Electrical and Electronics Technicians in the current year.

93.1%of our students progressed to further study, university of employment.

(*Based on 16-18 year olds destination data, 2019/20 academic year)

Why choose Sunderland College?

Consistently high achievement rates

Rated Good by Ofsted

*Ofsted June 2016

Excellent student support

Recognised regionally and nationally for our high-quality approach to careers education