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The BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Apprenticeship) is distinctive in that it teaches the theory of electrical and electronic engineering coupled with the required software tools and systems engineering approach to design and enable graduates to tackle complex engineering projects that are common place in our society.
This course focuses especially on low current and lower power electronic engineering whilst still maintaining the core balance with electrical engineering. A mixed analogue and digital signal approach is followed during the second year. In the third year the course tackles Communication Systems and Wireless, Biomedical Electronics and Embedded Systems and The Internet of Things, at a depth appropriate for electronics specialists in the industry. It culminates in a systems-based approach in the final stages bringing together knowledge accrued both in the analogue and digital systems domains.
The overall aim of this course is to produce Engineers who hold a qualification that meets the educational requirements of the relevant Professional Engineering Institution for registration at the appropriate level (fully satisfies the academic requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially satisfies the requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer) and also meet the requirements of the Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer apprenticeship standard.
The full apprenticeship standard and assessment plan can be found on the IfA website.
4 years + EPA
The BEng (Honours) Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree programme is based on sound established technical foundations and offers a spread of general topics followed by increasing specialisation as you find the topics that really enthuse you.
Throughout the Degree Apprenticeship delivery model, we work directly with employers to ensure work-based projects are embedded into the course whilst ensuring those projects are relevant to the workplace and are of benefit to the business.
The course aims to produce graduates who have acquired and can use a broad base of active knowledge in electrical and electronic engineering, and the skills necessary to update, extend and deepen it for career development or further study. This includes:
This course is only offered as an apprenticeship course to learners who are currently in employment in the Electronics Design industry.
The content of this course was developed to meet the L6 equivalent requirements for the core knowledge and skills required for the Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer apprenticeship standard.
Learners will be aiming to work as a Junior/Senior Engineer in the relevant industry.
Learners are already in employment within the Relevant industry.
This is a Level 6 UG course and students can wish to progress to a suitable MSc course in the relevant area.
The role of the Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer is to apply their knowledge of electronics and of embedded software to the design of circuits or devices that provide a useful function, that are capable of being manufactured at a competitive cost, and that are reliable and safe in use. This involves the use of the engineer’s knowledge of electronics and electronic principles, married to an expertise in the end use of the final product.
In electronics, this end use can cover a wide spectrum. Examples of industrial sectors that rely heavily on Embedded Systems Design and Development Engineers include Aerospace, Automotive, Automation and Instrumentation, Robotics, Telecommunications, Information and Computer Technology, Defence, Energy (including renewables), Transport and Consumer Electronics.
The role provides the basis of learning with potential to specialise as a Hardware Engineer, Software engineer or Systems Engineer in these sectors and can extend from design of integrated circuits through to complete systems.
Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineers will spend their careers in these industries developing the next generations of products such as smartphones, electric vehicles, communications satellites, smart grids and bringing concepts such as smart cities into reality. For others, an initial grounding in design and development will prove an excellent launch pad for a career in applications engineering, product management, marketing or general management.
The Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer must be proficient in a wide range of skills, underpinned by academic understanding, to enable them to work across these sub-sectors and specialisms.
Electrical and Electronics Engineers can find themselves working in all kinds of environments and sectors. You might work in a production plant, workshop, office, laboratory, or on site with a client.
Engineers can be involved in a project from its inception and often find themselves involved in maintenance programmes too. Sometimes they specialise in a particular part of the process and on other occasions are involved at every stage. They tend to work in multi-disciplinary teams with engineers from other areas, as well as architects, marketers, manufacturers, technicians and more.
Typical tasks include identifying customer and user needs, designing systems and components, researching solutions and estimating costs and timescales, making prototypes, designing and conducting tests, ensuring safety standards are adhered to and modifying, improving and maintaining the product once it is finished.
On average, Chartered Engineers earn more than twice as much as the UK mean and lifetime earnings are comparable with law and medicine.
Studying through the apprenticeship route gives you real-world work experience, giving you a strong competitive edge on graduation. Additionally, our vocational approach to teaching will have a positive impact on your employability. As a graduate you'll have practical key skills that will make you an attractive prospect to employers. These include the ability to complete analytical investigative work, knowledge of both analogue and digital systems, the ability to create computer models for simulation, and the ability to manage projects using industry standards and specifications.
Graduates will be able to apply for further study at postgraduate level, including for a place on our full-time or part-time MSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
By completing the apprenticeship route, you’ll have the advantage of having real-world work experience, working in a role related to your area of study. This will give you a competitive edge among other graduates when you complete your apprenticeship standard.
During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, who can help you develop your skills through the Careers Gym workshops and presentations. Our JobShop advisers support students and graduates with finding the right job for them.
We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
The course is developed to meet the core knowledge, skills and behaviour requirements of the Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer apprenticeship standard appropriate to L6.
Several teaching staff have industry links and are actively engaged in research with the relevant industries.
The division also has an Industrial Advisory board, membership of which is drawn from industries, who have been employers of our students and are major employers in the South East of England.
The course is taught using a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, computing and laboratory workshops. Students will also be undertaking group work and will do presentations as part of the course work requirements on some of the modules that form part of the course.
The course is assessed using a combination of course work assessments such as logbooks, formal reports, open and closed book examinations, laboratory, and computing workshop tests. The break down between course work and end of module exam weightages vary across the modules and levels of the program, typically varying form 100% Course work on certain modules, 50% Course work and 50% examination on a handful of modules through to 30% coursework and 70 end of module examination.
Each student on the course is allocated a personal tutor in the first week of the first year on the course as part of Personal Development Plan (PDP) on an academic module. The course director is the defacto personal tutor for students on the apprenticeship degree due to the requirement of progress reviews that are undertaken by the course director in conjunction with the apprentice and their employer/mentor.
To be considered for entry to the first year of this course applicants will be required to have the following qualifications:
Applicants may exceptionally be considered for entry to the second year of the course with the following qualifications. Applicants will normally be interviewed and may be required to sit a Mathematics test to ensure their preparedness for direct entry.
In addition to the academic suitability, apprentices will also be assessed through a formal interview by the course director to establish that they have adequate work experience to support an advanced entry and that their related work experience can be documented through OneFile towards consideration for their e-portfolio/end point assessment. This will usually be in agreement with the employer so that the apprentice is supported fully.
RPEL may be considered in determining the entry requirements for candidates with relevant work experience but cannot replace the requirement for formal qualifications in Mathematics.
The course is not currently open to international students.
International (non Home) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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4 years + EPA
An Apprenticeship Standard is comprised of a programme of study, an End Point Assessment and on-the-job learning. This means that in addition to meeting academic requirements, you’ll need to be employed in a role related to your apprenticeship. The process of applying depends on whether you have an employer to sponsor (and support) you.
If you are employed and your employer has confirmed they will support your apprenticeship:
You are welcome to submit an application via our application system. You’ll need to provide details of your employment/employer as part of the application. You’ll also need to ensure you and your employer meet the requirements – find out who can be an apprentice to see if you meet the entry requirements and employer commitments to find out more about your employer’s role.
If you are not employed:
If you’re a prospective apprentice, you can find out more about who can be an apprentice on our student pages.
There are steps the apprentices, the employer and the University need to complete before you start your course. Take a look at the steps to be completed in the Enrolment section. Employers may also like to look at our steps to offering an apprenticeship.
The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.
We have a range of PhD Scholarships available in partnership with businesses and organisations; read notices of PhD studentships.
The cost of the apprenticeship is paid fully by the employer (sometimes part funded by the government) through apprenticeship levy. The apprenticeship levy is a pot of money some companies pay into, which all businesses have access to spend on the training costs of apprenticeships. Companies fall into two categories: levy-payers (who pay into the pot) and non-levy payers (who do not). You can find out more in our Levy and Funding section, specifically for employers
The apprentice does not contribute toward the cost of study.
Apprenticeship standards are all assigned a funding band by the Government – these funding bands are the maximum amount the Government will fund via the levy towards a given apprenticeship standard. There are currently 30 funding bands ranging from £1,000 to £27,000.
Employers with less than 50 staff sending an apprentice aged 16-18 will have 100% of the training costs paid by the government. All employers who employ an apprentice aged 16-18 on the first day of teaching will receive a £1,000 incentive from the government. You can find out more in our Levy and Funding section, specifically for employers.
Some modules include field with and site visits, which may be residential or outside the United Kingdom, ranging from three to five days. These are organised by the Division and students are required to contribute towards the cost. If there are any field trips or any course visits as part of your course, we will let you know in good time.
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