Electronic Engineering (with Foundation Year)
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:
- 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 17 September 2019
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?
BEng(Hons) Electronic Engineering has been developed with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and major partner employers.
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
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.
- Engineering Mathematics
- Practical Electronics
- C Programming
- Digital Principles
- Electrical and Electronic Principles A
- Electrical and Electronic Principles B.
You will study:
- Microcontrollers Applications Group Laboratory
- Maths for Signals and Control
- Signal Processing and Circuits
- Project Management
- 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.
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
- 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*:
|Year||Scheduled learning and teaching study||Independent study||Placement study|
*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.
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 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*:
|Year||Written exam assessment||Coursework assessment||Practical exam assessment|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirements for registration as an Engineering Technician and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.
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.
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.
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 / 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.
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.
Indicative Additional Costs
|Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year||160|
Full time course
|Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee||9250|
|Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1156|
|International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee||13000|
|International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1625|
|Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee||9250|
|Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1156|
Full time course with placement year
|Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee||9250|
|Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year||9250|
|Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1156|
|Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee||1156|
|Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year||8094|
|International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee||13000|
|International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year||13000|
|International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1625|
|International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee||1625|
|International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year||11375|
|Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee||9250|
|Offshore-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year||9250|
|Offshore-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1156|
|Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee||1156|
|Offshore-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year||8094|
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.
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.
We are pleased to confirm that our New students webpages are now available for students starting this course in September 2019. 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.
- Tariff points: 80
- GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above 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: 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.
We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.
If you expect to achieve a higher tariff score, you may also be interested in our BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering course.
If you receive an offer for this course, you may be invited to attend an Offer Holder Day in February or March. These are a great opportunity to find out what it's really like to study here. You'll experience taster lectures or workshops, meet your course tutors, current students and other offer holders.
If you are an international student your 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 one of the degree.
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
For further information
- Email: Admissions@uwe.ac.uk
- Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 83333