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BEng(Hons)

Electronic Engineering (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2019/20
Course code:
H6DF
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
80
Department:
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Delivery:
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Ruth Jones
Key fact:
Get on track for our BEng(Hons) Electronic Engineering degree by completing a foundation year. If you're committed to an engineering future and have a less conventional background, this is the course for you.

Page last updated 29 August 2018

Introduction

Why study electronic engineering?

Imagine a world without electricity or electronic devices. It's easy to see why engineering is vital to our survival and the development of future technologies.

Electronic engineers play a vital role in the design, development, distribution and recycling of numerous everyday products. Qualified engineers are always in demand.

Why UWE Bristol?

BEng(Hons) Electronic Engineering has been developed with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and major partner employers.

Learn the skills and knowledge you need for a successful career in this sector. Study digital and analogue electronics, mathematics and computer programming.

Explore the application of electronics in a range of environments and examine signal processing, micro-controllers, communications, control systems and digital hardware design.

Develop professional skills in project planning, group work and communication.

Apply knowledge through practical projects in our well-equipped facilities. Gain an inside track on the industry through factory tours and professional briefings from leading organisations.

Attend careers fairs and engineer 'speed dating' events to help you find work as soon as you graduate.

Where can it take me?

Choose 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 in technology, manufacturing, transport and rail, aviation and a host of other industries.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year zero (foundation year)

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

You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into Year one.

Year one

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

Year two

You will study:

  • Microcontrollers Applications Group Laboratory
  • Maths for Signals and Control
  • Signal Processing and Circuits
  • Project Management
  • Control
  • Digital Design 1
  • Sensors, Transducers and Actuators.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.

You'll complete a placement learning module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year.

You will study:

  • Individual project.
  • Control System Design.

Plus, one optional module from:

  • Industrial Placement*
  • Business Environment
  • Engineering and Society.

And four optional modules from:

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

*If you have completed a placement year.

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

Learn through lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory work, case studies and mini projects, with a mixture of group and individual activities depending on the subject area.

Attend regular presentations from visiting professionals to gain an inside track on industry challenges and opportunities.

Showcase your work to employers and the public at your final year degree show.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study
027%73%0%
129%71%0%
227%73%0%
319%81%0%

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Boost your skills

Volunteer to help build infrastructure in developing countries with initiatives like Engineers without Borders, gaining valuable practical experience.

Achieve success in annual competitions like Eurathlon and Formula Student.

Study time

You can study this course full-time or on a part-time day release basis.

Modules are structured so you can attend all your lectures and tutorial sessions in a single day each week, minimising the time you spend away from the workplace.

If you join the course with an HNC in Electronic Engineering or equivalent, you'll be exempt from Level 1 of the course and will complete your degree in three to four years.

A benefit of studying part-time is that you can put your learning into practice and use work-related problems in projects.

Assessment

Assessment generally takes place through a mix of coursework, assignments and exams.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment
037%58%5%
147%53%5%
222%57%21%
328%62%10%

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Features

Professional accreditation

This course fulfils the educational requirements you need to meet to register as a Chartered Engineer (CEng), when presented with an accredited MSc.

The course also meets the educational requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

Placements

Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

If you choose the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.

We have strong relationships with Rolls Royce, NPower and smaller local consultancies. They provide computer-aided design (CAD) and engineering work placements.

Past students have worked on electronic systems for next-generation Range Rovers. Others have developed fuel systems for Airbus.

Employers are impressed with the standard of our students and often offer them work on graduation.

Get help to find your placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Fieldwork

Throughout the course, you'll see engineering in action at a range of facilities run by partner employers like Airbus. 

On factory visits, you'll receive a guided tour of the shop floor and attend presentations from the host organisation.

Study facilities

Learn in well-equipped electronics, control systems and embedded systems laboratories.

Collaborate and develop ideas in our lab, which emulates a real-world software development environment.

Develop prototypes using robotic assembly cells, power distribution systems and motor drives, as well as subsonic and supersonic wind tunnels.

Produce hardware with 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.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Demand for graduates with expertise in electrical and electronic engineering is high.

You could go into 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.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

See also:

Prospects - careers in engineering

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

Fees

There is currently no published fee data for this course.

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the five year course and then transfer to the four year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 80
  • 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.

Read more about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through UWE Bristol's International College which, upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year 1 of the degree.

Offer Types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from us will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.

If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that we will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.

To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies here, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information

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