BEng (Hons) Electrical Power Engineering Pathway

GCU Pathways

GCU Pathways students enrol at Glasgow Caledonian University on the BEng (Hons) Electrical Power Engineering (GCU Pathways). Over the first two years, students study HND Electrical Engineering at Glasgow Kelvin College in preparation for transfer to the BEng (Hons) Electrical Power Engineering degree course in year three.

Power system engineers are in high demand as the successful production, transmission and distribution of electrical power becomes increasingly important. The switch to renewable energy from wind, wave and tidal sources will require substantial transmission and distribution infrastructure development. Our students get a strong grounding in sustainable energy production so will be ideally placed to capitalise on this significant growth.

This course has been designed in collaboration with industry and has a strong emphasis on practical experience. It provides a broad education in electrical, mechanical, renewables and electronic engineering, alongside specialist modules in power engineering and power electronics. Students have access to well-equipped computer-aided engineering labs as well as electrical and electronic laboratories with leading technologies. The course offers two industrial based placements, during trimester B of year three and/or on completion of year three - one for 48 weeks. These are not compulsory or guaranteed placements.

Choose the Electrical Power Engineering college pathway if

  • you are interested in renewable energy and sustainable engineering
  • you want to be at the forefront of power system engineering
  • you enjoy learning in a hands-on practical way
  • you work best with lots of interaction from lecturing staff
  • you like working towards clear goals with a sense of achievement at the end of each year of study.

Your career

Graduates from this course are likely to be much in demand with global power companies such as Howden, GEC, Doosan, Babcock, Scottish Power and the Weir Group.

Year one and two

You will gain an excellent grounding in electrical engineering from your HND at Glasgow Kelvin College while developing key electrical and electronic skills.

Year three

Control Engineering, Power Electronic Systems, Plant and Electrical Distribution, Energy Conversion Technologies.

Year four

Honours Project, Power Systems Technology, Electrical Machines, Renewable Energy Technology, Control Engineering. 

Looking to take your degree to masters level?

Did you know that we also offer a one-year progression to the MEng qualification? After year four of your BEng (Hons) degree, there is the chance to progress to MEng level with the same great funding options available. Check out our Entry Requirements section for information on how to progress and what the MEng year involves, and don’t forget, you can ask us about your progression and qualification at any point in your journey.

Study Options

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date



BEng (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
Aug 2022
Multiple Locations
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BEng (Hons) Full Time 4 Years Aug 2022 Multiple Locations Enquire Apply

Year 1
Scottish Higher: Standard entry requirement: BB (incl Maths/Science - equivalent qualifications will be considered)

Progression criteria

Progress to year three of the BEng (Hons) course with a 30 credit HND Electrical Engineering - graded units B (incl Engineering Mathematics 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 HN units). 

Progress to year five of the MEng Electrical Power Engineering subject to your results at the end of year four.

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Additional information

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Annual full-time tuition fees

College-based: This information will be available from the college itself
GCU-based: £1,820*

*Scottish student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2 million per year.

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Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Two industry-based placements are offered, one of which spans 48 weeks. These are not compulsory placements and nor are they guaranteed.

In partnership with HM Forces, GCU has identified this course is being particularly suited to military and ex-military men and women. Visit the HM Forces Careers Zone for more information on the services we provide.

Examinations, coursework, class tests, presentations, computer-based exercises and written reports are used to assess your achievements during the learning outcomes.

Our aim is to build our students’ abilities in the areas demanded by employers in a global knowledge economy, through linking with employers to provide students with an authentic learning experience that blends with relevant studies. Our students find that one of the underlying strengths of this course of study is the other students as many currently enrolled are conducting their studies part-time, while holding down full-time jobs, or are sponsored by international companies. The valuable experience of these students is fed back into the classroom and informally shared to the benefit of fellow students.