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Electrical engineering. HND vs Degree

Discuss Electrical engineering. HND vs Degree in the Electrical Courses & Electrical NVQ's area at ElectriciansForums.net

gazdkw82

Trainee
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Im interested in some further education. I am really interested in electrical engineering. The problem is I'm not sure if to go down the HND or degree route.

I know a degree would look alot more impressive on a CV but I have some reservations on that because I think it may be too complicated for me. I work at a university and spend some time in the engineering department. I've seen some of the maths involved in the electrical engineering and it's quite scary.

Has anyone on here done any of the above courses?

Thanks
 

Jim_e_Jib

Regular EF Member
I did an HND in electronic engineering a fair few years ago. I didn't have A Level maths and some of the maths on the HND really pushed me. To have done the degree, I'd have either needed A Level maths or I think there was an option to do a foundation year first which taught much of the maths needed.

If, like me, maths isn't your strongest point, I'd go for the HND. I suppose it ultimately depends on what you want to do and which qualification you'll need for that though.
 

telectrix

Scouser and Proud of It
Respected Member
years ago now, i went on HND with A level maths. the maths in the HND was way above me in some ways, but i managed to pass the HND . then again, this was back in the day when computers had valves inside.
 

gazdkw82

Trainee
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I did an HND in electronic engineering a fair few years ago. I didn't have A Level maths and some of the maths on the HND really pushed me. To have done the degree, I'd have either needed A Level maths or I think there was an option to do a foundation year first which taught much of the maths needed.

If, like me, maths isn't your strongest point, I'd go for the HND. I suppose it ultimately depends on what you want to do and which qualification you'll need for that though.
Thanks for the info. My maths is around GCSE B/C. I had to do functional skills maths a few years ago and that's based on C/B GCSE in old money.

I think long term a degree would be better but I'm 36, no rush for that. Maybe I can do a HND and then work on my other skills to prepare for the extra year or so to complete the degree.
 

Jim_e_Jib

Regular EF Member
Thanks for the info. My maths is around GCSE B/C. I had to do functional skills maths a few years ago and that's based on C/B GCSE in old money.

I think long term a degree would be better but I'm 36, no rush for that. Maybe I can do a HND and then work on my other skills to prepare for the extra year or so to complete the degree.
Sounds like a good plan!

My maths was about the same level as yours but I was eighteen at the time - with the extra life experience (25yrs!) and learning I have now, I think I'd find the HND (and maths) a lot easier and be able to relate more of what we did to the real world. Then again, without the HND, my life experiences and learning would probably be slightly different...

I'm certain your age and experience will work in your favour!
 

TJ Anderson

Forum Mentor
Thanks for the info. My maths is around GCSE B/C. I had to do functional skills maths a few years ago and that's based on C/B GCSE in old money.

I think long term a degree would be better but I'm 36, no rush for that. Maybe I can do a HND and then work on my other skills to prepare for the extra year or so to complete the degree.
Hi Gaz. If you are looking to up skill, 2391 and 2396 would be much better real world quals for you that you will use and get paid well for.
 

Archy Styrigg

Forum Mentor
Thanks for the info. My maths is around GCSE B/C. I had to do functional skills maths a few years ago and that's based on C/B GCSE in old money.

I think long term a degree would be better but I'm 36, no rush for that. Maybe I can do a HND and then work on my other skills to prepare for the extra year or so to complete the degree.
I would say you need A level Maths at least if you're thinking of degree level, 2nd order differential equations can be quite mind boggling!!! o_O:confused:o_O:confused:o_O
 

TJ Anderson

Forum Mentor
Tbh I'm not quite sure. What I do know is I really like to learn, like a challenge and enjoy engineering generally.
That's great and it's fine earlier on. Hang fire on courses until you really know which way you want to go. You have 2391 so I guess you have an approved card. You're in a good position already and have enough to get your foot in the door at lots of things. Try some different things before committing, there are so many specialisations now, its not all about quals, experience is more important really if I'm honest.
 

gazdkw82

Trainee
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That's great and it's fine earlier on. Hang fire on courses until you really know which way you want to go. You have 2391 so I guess you have an approved card. You're in a good position already and have enough to get your foot in the door at lots of things. Try some different things before committing, there are so many specialisations now, its not all about quals, experience is more important really if I'm honest.
Thanks. I have interest in engineering, HV courses, a little interest in design etc.

I enjoy education and development but I'm also a hands on person and don't think I could ever see myself in a position where I couldn't get hands on at all (suppose that may change as I get older)
 

Charlie_

Electrician's Arms
After I came out of my apprenticeship I went down the route of; c course, onc, hnc and then went onto a degree. I found that a very successful strategy as each year my abilities grew steadily and wasn't overwhelmed by any of the subjects
 

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