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Electronic and Computer Engineering

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About this course

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Engineering Design and Mathematics
Gloucestershire College
Three years
Full-time; sandwich; part-time
Programme leader:
Khemraj Emrith
Key fact:
Developed in partnership with Gloucestershire College and GE Aviation, this course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to design, build and integrate emerging and future embedded technologies.

Page last updated 6 March 2017


Why BEng(Hons) Electronic and Computer Engineering?

Embedded systems are now used in an increasing number of industries. Complex applications range from aerospace, to hybrid vehicles and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in healthcare.

Developing and managing these systems requires a good understanding of mathematics, electronics, engineering and computer programming. The shortage of professionals with this specialism creates numerous opportunities across a range of industries for graduates in electronics and embedded systems.

Why study our course?

Developed in partnership with Gloucestershire College and GE Aviation, BEng(Hons) Electronic and Computer Engineering at UWE Bristol will equip you with the skills and knowledge to design, build and integrate emerging and future embedded technologies.

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 microelectronics and computer-based systems. You will apply this 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

Throughout the course, you will undertake work-based learning while working on practical projects in our modern, well-equipped facilities. To help you apply learning in different contexts, you will also work on live project briefs, real case studies and work-related scenarios.

Where it can take you

On graduation, you will be qualified to work in a wide and diverse range of industries and organisations. With professional expertise in electronic, embedded systems and software engineering, you will find work in areas including aerospace, automation, healthcare, IT and communications.

You can also focus on a specific field of interest by studying for a postgraduate degree.


Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



The course structure will be available soon.

Learning and Teaching

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory work, case studies and mini-projects, with a mixture of group and individual activities suited to particular subject areas. Thanks to our strong links with Gloucester College and local employers, you will also have opportunities to attend specialist lectures, case studies and workshops.

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


You will be assessed though a mixture of coursework, assignments and examinations, with significant focus on group projects, presentations and laboratory work.

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


Professional accreditation

This course is CEng accredited and fulfils the educational requirements for registering 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 degree and obtain higher quality work on graduation. This means that, 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 can provide work experience and placements to you.


Throughout the course, you will see engineering in action at a range of facilities. These include presentations, factory visits and guided tours from organisations such as Airbus.

Study facilities

You will be given the opportunity to develop practical skills and bring ideas to life in our advanced facilities. You will:

  • collaborate and develop ideas in our labs, which are designed to emulate a real-world software development environment
  • test theories and develop hardware, using specialised simulation software such as Matlab, Multisim and Labview
  • make circuit boards, leads and connectors in our fabrication facilities with electronic test equipment, monitors, scopes and an expert support team of technicians               
  • develop prototypes, using robotic assembly cells, power distribution systems and motor drives               
  • study control systems and telecommunications in specialist labs.

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

Learn from industry

We arrange regular visits from Industry professionals so you can learn about best practice, recruitment and key industry issues.

Network with industry

We arrange Careers Fairs and engineer 'speed dating' events to help you find work as soon as you graduate. We also 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

Our final year students showcase work to employers, media and the public at UWE Bristol's annual Environment and Technology Degree Show.


Careers / Further study

There is high demand for graduates in electronic and computer engineering. Career opportunities are available in a wide range of industries, including technology, manufacturing, transport and rail, and aviation. On graduation, you will be able to go on to find work in areas such as:

  • designing electronic and embedded systems
  • working on consumer technology
  • solving engineering problems for communication companies.

You will also have an opportunity to focus on a specific field of interest by studying for a postgraduate degree.

Careers service

Our career service will help you develop your graduate employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, graduate jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurs and access to employer events.

Graduate destinations

Find out what our graduates are doing six months after graduating, including examples of careers, employers and further study. Download a PDF from graduate destinations.

See great graduate prospects for further information.

Creating employable students

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


Supplementary fee information

Further information about fees and funding.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language, 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: Grade C or above in Mathematics, plus a pass in one of the following subjects: Biology; Chemistry; Computing/Computer Science; Design and Technology; Electronics; Engineering; ICT; Further Maths; Music Technology; Physics; Statistics. Points from A-Level 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 two A-Levels.
  • Specific subjects: Maths requirement can also be met by the Cambridge Pre-U Mathematics at Merit 3
  • Relevant subjects: Physics, Engineering, Electronics, Computing, Science, ICT. Students with an HNC, HND or Foundation Degree in a closely related subject may be considered for advanced entry onto the degree. Students with the City & Guilds Level 5 IVQ Advanced Technician Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering will be considered for entry into the second year (full-time) or third year (part-time).
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: GCSE Maths Grade B or above, or Grade 5 under newly reformed GCSE grading. One of the following BTEC Diplomas: Aeronautical Engineering; Applied Science; Construction and the Built Environment; Electrical / Electronic Engineering; Engineering; Land-based Technology; Manufacturing Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; or Operations and Maintenance Engineering. Must include Merit in one of the following units: Further Maths for Technicians; Further Maths for Construction and the Built Environment. Please list the units that you are taking in your application.
  • Access: Achievement of the HE Diploma; to include 15 Level 3 credits at Merit in Mathematics (before you apply, ask us which Maths units you need to do) and 15 Level 3 credits at Merit in another science or technology subject.
  • Baccalaureate IB: To include a minimum grade of 5 in higher level Mathematics and a pass at higher level in one of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design Technology, Physics, Environmental Systems and Societies.

Entry requirements

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

If you are a full-time student entering the second year or a part-time student, you will normally have a Foundation Degree, Higher National Diploma or Certificate in a closely related subject. You may be able to join the course in the second year (full-time) or third year (part-time) or be credited with certain modules. With an HNC, you should aim for Merits in all your H2 (generally second year) units, where a Distinction can cancel a Pass.

How to apply

Please apply through Gloucester College.

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