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Electronic Engineering (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Sabir Ghauri
Key fact:
Designed alongside major employers, this course will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed for a successful career in this profession.

Page last updated 11 September 2017


Why study BEng(Hons) Electronic Engineering?

Imagine a world without electricity or electronic devices. It is easy to see why electrical and electronic engineering is vital to our survival and the development of future technologies. Electronic engineers play a vital role in the design, development, distribution and eventual recycling of numerous everyday products. As a result, qualified electrical and electronic engineers are in demand.

Why study our course?

The BEng(Hons) Electronic Engineering involves the study digital and analogue electronics, engineering mathematics and computer programming, as well as the application of electronic engineering in a range of environments. As you progress, you will examine signal processing, micro-controllers based systems, communication systems, control systems and digital hardware design. Alongside this, you will develop professional skills in project planning, group work and communication.

Real world experience

Throughout the course, you will apply knowledge through practical laboratory work, using our state-of-the-art facilities. You will gain an inside track on the industry through factory tours and professional briefings from leading organisations. We arrange Careers Fairs and engineer 'speed dating' events to help you find work as soon as you graduate.

Where it can take you

On graduation, a variety of careers will be available to you. These involve a range of activities, including designing electrical and electronic systems, working on consumer technology or solving engineering problems for communications. You could also work in microcontroller system designs, find yourself looking at the advanced technology electronic systems used in the aerospace and automobile industries (electric cars) or involve yourself in solar/hydro/wind/bio-energy transmission to main power grids and power generation/distribution companies. Opportunities are available in technology, manufacturing, transport and rail, aviation and a host of other industries.

If you successfully complete Level two with satisfactory marks, you will have the opportunity to progress onto the postgraduate MEng Electronic Engineering course.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



Foundation year (Year zero)

You will study the following complulsory modules:

  • Engineering Experimentation
  • Foundation Group Project
  • Foundation Mechanics
  • Foundation Maths, Algebra and Calculus
  • Introduction to Mechatronics.

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from our other Engineering and Maths courses, and therefore may be able to transfer to a course in one of these areas at the end of the Foundation year.

The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year zero modules before progressing to Year one.

Year one

All modules in Year one are core, and common to both the electrical and electronic engineering routes. The year builds a solid base in the principles of digital and analogue electronics, along with electrical principles. This is underpinned by the study of mathematics and embedded computer programming. Individual and group laboratory work is used to support and integrate the lectures. Experience in project planning, group work and communication skills is considered highly important by prospective employers and activities connected to the above form an integral part of the year.

You will study the following complulsory modules:

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Practical Electronics
  • C Programming
  • Digital Principles
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles A
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles B

Year two

In Year two, you will study further modules in mathematics, signal processing, micro-controllers, communications and control systems. Interdisciplinary group project and management exercises develop the themes from the first year. You will choose between the options of electrical engineering and electronic engineering. The electrical option will introduce the fundamentals of electrical power systems, motors and drives, while the electronic one will teach you about digital hardware design through the use of hardware description languages. This involves introducing hardware development through the design, implementation and verification of a small microprocessor.

You will study the following complulsory modules:

  • Group Fabrication Laboratory
  • Maths for Signals and Control
  • Project Management
  • Signal Processing and Circuits
  • Control.

In addition, you will study one of the following optional modules:

  • Digital Design
  • Electrical Technology.

You will also have the opportunity to switch to the MEng Electronic Engineering pathway, subject to satisfactory marks at the end of the second year.

Optional Placement Year

If you undertake a placement year, you will complete an industrial placement module.

Final year

In the final year, there are further pathway specific modules allowing you to specialise towards your chosen career path. Provided you have performed well, you may choose between the BEng and MEng. Academic staff and student advisers will be on hand to help you make these choices. You will undertake a significant individual research and development project, which will allow you to focus on a specific topic of your own choice and give you the chance to put what you have learnt about project management into practice.

You will study the following complulsory modules:

  • Individual project
  • Control System Design.

You will also study one optional module from the list below:

  • Industrial Placement (if you undertake a placement year)
  • Business Environment (if you do not undertake a placement year).

In addition to the above, you will study four of the following optional modules:

  • Group Design and Integration Project
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Analogue Electronics
  • Power Electronics
  • Communications
  • Alternative Energy.

You will be able to exit after Year three with BEng or continue to complete a MEng Electronic Engineering.

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

Learning methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory work, case studies and mini-projects, with a mixture of group and individual activities optimised for the particular subject area.

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

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check


Assessment generally takes place via a mixture of coursework, assignments and examinations.

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

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check


Professional accreditation

This course is CEng accredited and fulfils the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer, when presented with an accredited MSc. In addition, the course meets the educational requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.


Students who complete a work placement are more likely to graduate with a better practical skill set and obtain higher quality work on graduation. So, as well as helping hone your professional skills, industry knowledge and network, a placement will make you highly employable on graduation.

We work with major partner employers and have strong relationships with Rolls Royce, NPower and smaller local consultancies. These provide work placements ranging from those that are CAD focused to all-round engineering roles.

Past students have worked on electronic systems for next generation Range Rovers. Others have developed fuel systems for Airbus. Employers have been impressed with the calibre of our students and often offer them work on graduation.


Throughout the course, you will see engineering in action at a range of facilities. On these factory visits, you will receive a guided tour of the shop floor and presentations from host organisations, such as Airbus.

Study facilities

We have well-equipped electronics, control systems and microcontroller systems laboratories, where you will:

  • collaborate and develop ideas, taking advantage of the space's emulation of a real-world software development environment
  • develop prototypes, using a set of actuators, transduces and sensors (e.g. robotic assembly cells), power distribution systems and motor drives, as well as subsonic and supersonic wind tunnels
  • cultivate hardware, using industry standard software
  • make circuit boards, leads and connectors in fabrication facilities with electronic test equipment, monitors and scopes
  • study control systems and telecommunications in specialist labs.

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

Learn from industry

To give you the inside track on industry challenges and opportunities, we organise regular presentations from visiting professionals.

Network with industry

We arrange Careers Fairs and engineer 'speed dating' events to help you find work as soon as you graduate. We arrange workshops with our partner employers, providing advice on careers, CV-writing and interview techniques.

Boost your skills

We have an Engineering Society and will encourage you to get involved in national competitions and initiatives to boost your skills and experience. Some students volunteer their skills to help develop the infrastructure in third world countries through initiatives like Engineers without Borders, while others have achieved success in annual competitions such as Eurathlon and Formula Student.

Showcase your work

Final year Electronic Engineering students showcase their work to employers, students and the public at UWE Bristol's annual Environment and Technology Degree Show.


Careers / Further study

Demand for graduates with expertise in electrical and electronic engineering is high. On graduation, you can go on to a career designing electrical and electronic systems; working on consumer technology; or solving engineering problems for communications and power generation/distribution companies. You could also work for companies in technology, manufacturing, transport and rail, aviation and a host of other industries.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, 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.

Useful links

Prospects - Careers in Engineering

Guardian - what to do with a degree in electronic or electrical engineering


Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12750
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1594
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11156

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those you could reasonably expect to incur during your studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Further information about fees and funding.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 88
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Grade B/5 or above in 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: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards the overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

The 'Typical offers' information above is only for full-time students entering the Foundation year.

We are happy to consider your application if you have a mixture of A-Levels and BTEC qualifications.

We also welcome applications from highly motivated students who do not meet the usual entrance requirements given above, so we will consider you if you have gained equivalent knowledge and skills from substantial relevant work or other experience.

If you expect to achieve a higher tariff score, you may also be interested in our BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering course.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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