HNC/HND in Lighting Design and Technology

Offered by the Lighting Industry Academy in partnership with University of South Wales



The Lighting Industry Association (LIA) in partnership with the University of South Wales (USW) now offers two higher education qualifications in lighting design and technology through the Lighting Industry Academy.

The Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND) in Lighting Design and Technology are the first qualifications in lighting at this level in the UK available for new entrants and those looking to further develop existing careers within the lighting industry.

The courses are delivered jointly through the Lighting Industry Academy and USW and will appeal to those looking to develop their understanding of light, lighting technologies, design and their applications. This could be new entrants to the industry from other disciplines looking to understand the lighting technologies and their applications in great detail, or existing workers in the sector.

The collaboration between the leading industry association an established university offers students the best teaching and learning from industry experts with ‘Recognised Teacher Status’ from USW.


Teaching Location:Telford (Shropshire) and Pontypridd (South Wales)
Awarding Body:University of South Wales



HNC: Part-time - 2 years
HNC: Full-time - 1 Year

Following the successful completion of the HNC, students then have the option to continue either on a full or part time basis to complete the HND

Delivery:Both full-time and part time attendance options are available

Both HNC and HND academic year commences in September

Academic Partner(s):

The Lighting Industry Academy
University of South Wales

Academic Level:

HNC - Level 4
HND - Level 5


New entrants to the industry from other disciplines looking to understand the lighting technologies, design and their applications in great detail, or those working right across the lighting community.

Designed to meet the need of both employer and employee, for whom developing lighting design and technology skills and are key to the future.


Each module is achieved through a combination of all or some of, lectures, tutorials, group work, practical workshops, directed study, project work and independent study.

The modules are delivered in blocks and scheduled to enable students to manage time, even when in full-time employment.

Most lectures and tutorials are at the Academy in Telford* offering the student’s access to the LIA Laboratory for some of the practical work.

Learning environment includes access to the state-of-the-art facilities at the LIA and USW

*The Electrical Principles and Design module is delivered at the Treforest, Pontypridd Campus of USW


The HNC and HND are composed of modules covering the following subjects:

Lighting Fundamentals420MM
Electrical Principles & Design420MM
Light Sources & Luminaire Design420MM
Lighting Design420MM
Lighting Project Specification420MM
Singleton Project420MM
Work Based Project540-M
Advanced Lighting Principles520-M
Component and Product Design520-M
Exterior Lighting520-M
Highway Lighting**520-O
Interior Lighting**520-O

* M = Mandatory, O = Optional
** Students will complete one of these two modules to complete their HND award

Click here for the 2018-19 timetable of Level 4 Modules


HNC in Lighting Design and Technology - 1 year full-time | 2 years part-time

HND in Lighting Design and Technology - 2 years full-time |4 years part-time

The first session starts on 24th September (subject to confirmation).


Formal assessments of learning will be made through a combination of written assignments and testing, although no formal exams are planned to be included.

For full-time delivery, the students will complete all 120 credits of the HNC within the first year, and the remaining 120 credits of HND in the second year.

For part-time delivery, the students will complete 60 credits per year, completing the required credit for the HNC over the first two years of study and then the remaining credit requirements of the HND in years 3 and 4.


Upon successful completion of the HND course, the students will have the opportunity to progress to a full degree through USW.


The tuitions fees are set by the University of South Wales and governed by Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

Fees for the 2018-19 intake:

HNCPart-time (2 years in total)£4,000 per year
 Full-time (1 year)£8,000 per year
HNDPart-time (4 years in total)£4,000 per year
 Full-time (2 years)£8,000 per year

A deposit of £500 will secure your place on the course. This will be refunded against tuition fees.

Due to the nature of how the course is operated and the costs incurred to set up student registration, ALL deposits are non-refundable.


For more information or to register for either the HNC or the HND, please contact Julie Humphreys on 01952 525158 or email her on