Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

Qualification Framework: UK Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)


Code: BHNCE4

Guided Learning Hours: 480 Hours

Programme Structure:

The Higher National Certificate (HNC) is a Level 4 qualification made up a minimum of 120 credits. This is made up of eight units, each with a value of 15 credits.

ELITC offers the following units of study for earning a Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering).

No. Unit Descriptions Unit Level Unit Credit
1 Engineering Design* 4 15
2 Engineering Maths* 4 15
3 Engineering Science* 4 15
4 Managing a Professional Engineering Project (Pearson-set)* 4 15
5 Electrical and Electronic Principles+ 4 15
6 Quality and Process Improvement 4 15
7 Digital Principles 4 15
8 Electronic Circuits and Devices 4 15
Total: 120

* Mandatory Core Units

+ Mandatory Specialist Unit

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Entry Requirements:

  • Applicants who are at least 18 years of age must satisfy at least one of the following requirements:
    • Minimum 1 GCE ‘A’ Level passes; or equivalent; or
    • Pearson BTEC Level 3; or equivalent.
  • Applicants who do not meet the above entry requirements are required to pass in ELITC Technical Entrance Test and/or an interview to be conducted by ELITC.
  • Mature applicants (at least 30 years of age) with minimum 8 years of relevant working experience but do not possess the required qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Applicants should be free from colour appreciation deficiency.

Language Proficiency:

  • Applicants must have English Language Proficiency with IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of at least 5.50; or a level of competence equivalent to a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 500; or who have successfully completed at least 2 years of schooling in English medium and had the required English Language competency.
  • Applicants who do not meet the above English Language requirements are required to pass in ELITC English Proficiency Entrance Test and/or an interview to be conducted by ELITC.


The total Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for 8 Units is 480 hrs. This programme is offered either as:

  • Full-time over 9 months which comprises a total of 3 trimesters. All classes will be conducted from 9.00 am to 5.30 pm on weekdays.
  • Part-time over 12 months which comprises a total of 4 trimesters. All classes will be conducted 2 sessions per week from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm or 2 evening sessions during weekdays from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm and 1 weekend session from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm.

Training Medium:

This programme is conducted in English.

Training Methodology:

This programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials, lab, hands-on activities, role-plays, case studies, work assignments, group discussions.

Essential Requirements:

  • Scientific Calculator: CASIO FX-570MS / CASIO FX-991MS / SHARP EL-506W / SHARP EL-520W
  • Laptop


There is a range of assessment methods that can be utilised, such as:

  • individual work assignment with/without presentation
  • group work assignment with/without presentation
  • written report with/without presentation
  • practical assessment and/or written assessment

BTEC Higher Nationals in Engineering are assessed using a combination of internally assessed centre-devised internal assignments (which are set and marked by the Centre) and internally assessed Pearson-set assignments (which are set by Pearson and marked by the Centre). Pearson-set assignments are mandatory and target particular industry-specific skills. For the Level 4 HNC, one core, 15 credits, unit at Level 4 will be assessed by a mandatory Pearson-set assignment targeted at particular skills; all other units are assessed by centre-devised assignments.

Grading System:

Each successfully completed unit will be graded a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Unit Grade Generic Grade Descriptors
  • All learning outcomes and associated assessment criteria have been met
  • Pass requirements achieved
  • All merit grade descriptors achieved through high performance in each learning outcome
  • Pass and merit requirements achieved
  • All distinction grade descriptors achieved through outstanding performance across the unit as a whole


To achieve a Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC) qualification, student must have completed units which is equivalent to 120 credits and achieved at least a pass in 105 credits at Level 4 within 2 years from the registration date.

Student must satisfy the minimum attendance requirements in all the units for the award of Statement of Attendance. Full-time Students, both local and international, must attain a minimum of 90% of scheduled unit hours or not be absent from the unit for consecutive 7 days. As for Part-time Students, the minimum attendance requirement is 80%.

Progression Pathway:

Successful students with Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) – RQF can progress into the Bachelor degree programme recommended by Pearson Education Ltd.

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Career Prospects:

This programme helps students to gain employment opportunities in the manufacturing as well as the electrical or electronic engineering sector where students may move towards supervisory positions. This programme also serves as a good training route for students to switch into electrical or electronic engineering sector.