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  • Start date:   August 2021
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 7


Please be aware this course is now full. You may still apply and if a space becomes available we will contact you. Alternatively, you can explore other courses on our website or email if you wish to speak to a member of staff.

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This course is for those wanting to pursue a career in electrical engineering at technician level, or as an engineer after completing a university degree.

Read about Sharon Crawford's West Lothian College experience here


  • What the course includes

    The course includes:

    • DC, single phase and three-phase systems
    • Electrical machines
    • Mathematics
    • Analysis of electrical networks and electrical resonance
    • Programmable logic controllers
    • Electricity generation and transmission

Why choose this course

You will have the chance to work as an electrical engineer at technician level or progress to university. The course is a good springboard to more advanced courses including university degrees.

Entry requirements

  • Relevant National Certificate or Higher maths and one other Higher or
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in a related subject

We also encourage those with Higher maths and relevant National 5 to apply.

Mature candidates are judged on the combination of their qualifications and experience.

If English is not your first language, ESOL Level 5 is an entry requirement for this course.

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    Where it leads

    Employment: in electrical engineering field.

    Former students have progressed onto further study at Heriot-Watt and Strathclyde University.

    Education: progression to university and then employment in design, research and development, and managing electrical systems.

    Past students have found employment with companies such as Screwfix, West Lothian Council and Plexus.

Interview arrangements

If we invite you for interview, plan to be in college for around two to three hours. Bring evidence of any qualifications stated on your application form.

HNC applicants only: we will ask you to complete an aptitude test with questions testing some standard mathematics and English skills.

For all applicants, the interview will involve:

  • Interview with two members of the engineering team (10 minutes). We will ask you about your interests and why you want to study engineering
  • You giving a three-minute minute presentation to the staff on the ‘Importance of communication in engineering’. This should include your understanding of the relevance of good engineering communication, what it is and why it is essential for a career in this area. You may want to begin by exploring the communication skills which you think an engineer should have. You can use Microsoft PowerPoint and bring the presentation on a memory stick on the day

Fees, Finance & Funding

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds. Click here to find out more. 

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Take that next step in your career and apply for this course today. If the course is not yet open for applications, register your interest or feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.