New HNC and HND qualifications, a first for the lighting industry

New HND and HNC qualifications with the Lighting Industry Association

Pictured (l-r): Julie Prior,  Associate Head of School, Faculty of Business & Society, USW, LIA CEO Steve Davies and Stuart Green, Principal Lecturer, Faculty of Computing, Engineering & Science, USW

This September will see the first ever Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND) in lighting being taught in the UK through the Lighting Industry Association (LIA) and the University of South Wales (USW).

The LIA announced its partnership with USW in July last year, with an aim to provide new opportunities for collaboration in both teaching and learning.

The introduction of a HNC and a HND in Lighting Design and Technology will provide the first qualifications at this level in the UK to attract new talent and develop existing careers within the lighting industry.

The courses will be delivered between the LIA Academy in Telford and the USW campus in Pontypridd recognizing the state of the art facilities at both sites. Modules delivered at the Academy in Telford will be led by the LIA’s established team of expert tutors, who have all gained ‘Recognised Teacher Status’ from USW. 

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

  • Lighting Fundamentals (HNC/HND)
  • Electrical Principles & Design(HNC/HND)
  • Light Sources & Luminaire Design (HNC/HND)
  • Lighting Design (HNC/HND)
  • Lighting Project Specification (HNC/HND)
  • Singleton Project (HNC/HND)
  • Advanced Lighting Principles (HND)
  • Component and Product Design (HND)
  •  Exterior Lighting (HND)
  • Highway Lighting  (HND)
  • Interior Lighting  (HND)
  • Work Based Project (HND)

Upon successful completion of the HND course, the students will have the opportunity to progress to a full BSc (Hons) Lighting Design and Technology at USW.

Students can enrol to take the courses in either a full-time or part-time capacity, whether taking their first steps into lighting or aiming to strengthen and develop their existing career. These qualifications cater for all abilities and offer a natural career pathway.

Stuart Green, Course Leader of Lighting and Design Technology at USW, said: “The introduction of these qualifications provides a new pathway for individuals already working in the industry to strengthen and cement their learning, as well as offering a way into the lighting industry for new talent. Our partnership with the LIA enables us to combine our knowledge to co-ordinate development opportunities for lighting professionals.” 

As LIA CEO, Steve Davies explained: “The courses delivered, by the Lighting Industry Academy meets the exacting quality and academic standards expected from a partnership with a major UK university, for such highly respected and recognised qualifications.

"As one of the very few of their kind in the UK, these industry specific, academically recognized qualifications create a cornerstone in the development of the lighting community’s bright and exciting future."

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