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Electronic and Computer Engineering

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About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Gloucestershire College
Three years
Programme leader:
Khemraj Emrith
Key fact:
Earn while you learn on this part-time foundation degree developed alongside GE Aviation and designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge for a career in embedded systems.

Page last updated 14 March 2017


Why study FdSc Electronic and Computer Engineering?

Embedded systems are now used in a wide range of industries. Complex applications range from aerospace, to hybrid vehicles and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in healthcare. Developing and managing these systems requires a firm understanding of mathematics, electronics, engineering and computer programming. Major employers in the region have highlighted a shortage of professionals with this combined knowledge and skills.

Why study this course?

If you are already working in industry, you can boost your career prospects and industry expertise on this part-time Foundation degree. Developed in partnership with UWE Bristol, Gloucestershire College and GE Aviation, there are opportunities to progress onto one of our professionally accredited honours degrees.

You will study a combination of mathematics, electronics, low-level programming and high-level software engineering principles. You will also learn how to design and create microelectronic and computer-based systems. This is applied through hands-on activities and project work in Gloucestershire College's advanced electronics labs and UWE Bristol's state-of-the-art facilities.

Real world experience

Learning is focused on live project briefs, real case studies and work-related scenarios. You will also apply this through work-based learning throughout the course.

Where it can take you

On graduation, subject to your grades, you can progress onto our BEng(Hons) Electronic and Computer Engineering.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Practical Electronics (WBL)
  • Mathematics for Engineers 1
  • Digital Principles
  • Programming in C

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Mathematics for Engineers 2
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles B
  • Embedded Systems Design
  • C++ Development

Final year

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Mathematics for Signals and Control
  • Digital Design
  • Signal Processing and Circuits
  • Systems Engineering (WBL)

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

You will be taught through a rich mix of lectures, tutorials and practical work taking a variety of forms. The strong links between the College and local employers will be drawn on to provide a selection of specialist lectures, case studies and workshops.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.


Assessment varies from module to module. However, it would normally take the form of continual assessments, assignment or project work and examinations.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Study facilities

This course will help you develop practical skills and bring ideas to life in advanced facilities in Gloucestershire College and UWE Bristol's Frenchay Campus.

  • You will collaborate and develop ideas in Gloucestershire College's electronics lab.
  • The course will give you the opportunity to create and test software using our dedicated servers with Windows and Linux based operating systems.
  • You will also make circuit boards, leads and connectors in our fabrication facilities with electronic test equipment, monitors, scopes and expert support team of technicians.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.


Careers / Further study

On graduation, you will have a unique blend of technical skills and knowledge, improving your career prospects in this specialist field. Subject to your grades, you can also continue to boost your learning on our BEng(Hons) Electronic and Computer Engineering.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your employment potential through career coaching and a vacancy service for internships, along with placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Supplementary fee information

Further information about fees and funding.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 64
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: A-Levels in relevant Science or Technology subjects, including Chemistry, Computing/Computer Science, Design and Technology, Electronics, Engineering, Information and Communications Tech, Music Technology, Physics and Maths.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: Level 3 Engineering
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma (normally Access to Science); achievement of level 3 credits in Maths (to include algebra and calculus), achievement of level 2 credits in Maths and English Language. The Maths Unit at Level 3 must cover the core content for AS Maths.

Entry requirements

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

How to apply

Please apply through Gloucester College.

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