Electrical Engineering (Years 1 and 2) (in conjunction with Heriot-Watt University)

Forth Valley College


Falkirk Campus


Electrical engineering is a very diverse subject and offers huge job opportunities in variety of engineering sectors.

This programme combines the HND Electrical Engineering programme based at Forth Valley College’s new state-of-the-art Falkirk Campus with guaranteed progression to Heriot-Watt University.

Topics focus on a wide range of core skills and engineering skills in electrical and electronics engineering. This is the first step towards a dynamic and rewarding career in electrical engineering.

Years 1 and 2
You will study:
Transformers; Power Systems; Electrical Motor Drive; Electrical Machine Principles; Power Electronics; Transmission Lines and Complex Waves; Digital Electronics; Mathematics; Electrical Installation Skills; Business Awareness and Continuing Professional Development; Programmable Logical Controllers; Analogue Electronics; Electrical Standby Systems; Utilisation of Electrical Energy in Buildings; Engineering Maths.

Year 3

Students transfer into the third year of the degree at Heriot-Watt and the subjects studied include:
Energy Systems; Analogue Electronics; Electromagnetics; Physical Electronics; Communications.

A quarter of the year is spent working on a large team-based project, incorporating Digital and Software Design, Mechanics and Management

Year 4
Students work on an individual honours project and select taught topics from a list that includes:
Embedded Systems; Sustainable Energy and Power Systems; Communications; Image Processing; RF Communications; Analogue Electronics; Microwave Techniques.

Entry Requirements

3 Highers at BBC including Maths and a science or technological subject; or Foundation Apprenticeship Engineering plus Higher Physics and Maths at BB or BC; or NC Electrical Engineering (Level 6). Entry subject to interview and group task.

Progression Routes

Year 3 MEng Electrical Engineering at Heriot-Watt University.

Start Date






Study Method

Full time

Course Length

2 years



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Career Area


Career Sectors

Aeronautical Engineering

Chemical and Materials Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Engineering General

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (including Fabrication and Welding)

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Offshore and Energy