BEng(Hons) Electronic Engineering (with Foundation Year)

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Entry year
2020/21
Course code
H6DF
Application
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

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Page last updated 6 July 2020

Introduction

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.

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. Engineering is where change begins it's about asking questions, pushing boundaries and leading innovation. If that sounds like you, then you're already thinking like an engineer.

Why UWE Bristol?

Discover how engineering will challenge you, and change the way you learn. You'll tackle real world issues through live projects, and be encouraged to take risks as you develop solutions in our state-of-the art labs.

From 2020, you'll be taught in our new multi-million pound Engineering building. Featuring engine test cells, wind tunnels and dedicated learning spaces, it's purpose-built to support a wide range of engineering disciplines.

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, with some of the biggest names in engineering on your doorstep.

Attend careers fairs and engineer 'speed dating' events to help you find work as soon as you graduate, and take the next step towards changing the world for the better.

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

Structure

Content

The department is currently reviewing the curriculum for this course from year one onwards. The topics you will study are listed above, however the final topics are subject to approval as the changes go through university approval.

Year zero (foundation year)

You will study:

  • Engineering Experimentation
  • Foundation Group Project
  • Foundation Mechanics
  • Foundation Mathematics: Algebra and Calculus
  • Introduction to Mechatronics.

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

Year one

You will study:

  • Engineering Practice
  • Engineering Mathematics and Coding
  • Principles of electrical Engineering
  • Applied Electronics.

Year two

You will study:

  • Engineering Practice 2
  • Engineering Research
  • Microprocessor Applications Group Lab
  • Signals and Systems
  • Analogue Systems
  • Digital Systems.

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:

  • Engineering Project
  • Group Design and Integration Project.
  • Professionalism for Engineers
  • Control Systems Design
  • Power Electronics and Energy Systems.
  • Plus, one optional module from:
  • Analogue Electronic Design
  • Digital signal Processing
  • Communication.

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 such as 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

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

Our new engineering building is designed to inspire the engineers of the future. Opening in summer 2020, it'll be built for hands-on investigation, with engine test cells, wind tunnels and collaborative learning spaces. An ideal environment for encouraging you to explore, take risks and discover ways to change the world for the better.

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

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

We are pleased to confirm that our New students webpages are now available for students starting this course in September 2020. Here you can find links to useful information about registering, course start dates, arriving on campus what to expect before and when you arrive.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your Preparing to Study information is available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages.

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 80
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement: International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit http://uwe.ac.uk/englishlanguagerequirements
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: No specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

If you exceed the entry requirements you may be eligible for BEng(Hons) Electronic Engineering.

International applicants

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

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information

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