BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering (top up) (degree apprenticeship) - University of Portsmouth
BEng (Hons)

Electronic Engineering (top up) (degree apprenticeship)

Earn while you learn and top-up your HND or Foundation Degree to a full honours degree

Course Overview

What is a degree apprenticeship?

Degree apprenticeships allow you to study for a full university honours degree while working. This means you will earn a salary while you study.

You will not need a student loan to fund your course, because the Government and your employer pay your tuition fees.

Why take this course?

As well as giving you experience in the workplace, this degree apprenticeship allows you to apply what you learn at the University to real-life situations. You will also develop core skills in leadership, project management and problem solving. The course includes online and University-based learning.

You will enjoy all the advantages of being a student at the University of Portsmouth, including complete access to library, study support, sports and recreation facilities, and the Students’ Union.

You do not need to pay tuition fees because the Government and your employer cover the cost of your study. You will earn a salary from your employer while you study.

What will I experience?

On this course, you can:

  • Gain a full honours degree at the same time as earning a salary while working
  • Apply what you learn at the University in workplace situations
  • Take advantage of flexible study and a ‘blended’ approach to learning that involves both on-campus group work and online support
  • Share ideas and experiences with other like-minded professionals
  • Experience life as a student at the University

What opportunities might it lead to?

A degree apprenticeship could mark the start of your new career. Or it could be part of your Continuing Professional Development (CPD), your career progression or an opportunity to specialise or acquire new skills.

As a degree apprentice you can:

  • Develop your knowledge and experience
  • Learn specialist skills
  • Advance your career
  • Progress to study at Master’s level and beyond

How to apply

To do a degree apprenticeship you need to be in full-time employment (more than 30 hours a week) in the UK.

If you are in full-time employment

If you are currently employed full time and want to do a degree apprenticeship, ask your manager or HR department to complete this form or call us on 023 9284 8599.

If you are not in full-time employment

If you are not currently employed full time, you can see vacancies on our degree apprenticeships page. You can also search for degree apprentice vacancies on these websites:

(Note that there are degree apprenticeships from providers other than the University of Portsmouth on these websites).

We can match you to employers who are taking on degree apprentices – complete this form or call us on 023 9284 8599.

To do a degree apprenticeship, you must have the right to work in the UK.

Make an enquiry


Evi Egedegbe, Electronic Engineering student

One special feature of my course is its unique teaching method – online study in the form of chats. These chats tend to improve my understanding and help my learning.

Evi Egedegbe, Electronic Engineering student



Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including details about:

  • Hands-on opportunities to gain practical experience by solving real-world problems
  • Approachable and passionate lecturers with industry experience
  • Excellent facilities and good employment prospects

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Structure & Teaching

You will study 4 core units that will develop your skills and in-depth understanding in major subjects in Electronic Engineering. You will also have the opportunity to work on an individual project that you will complete in your place of work.

Core units:

  • Advanced Electronic Systems
  • Real-time Embedded Systems
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • VHDL & FPGA Systems

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Teaching and Assessment

The course takes 1 academic year to complete. It is based on attendance of 1 day a week with the occasional need to be on campus for 2 days a week. Teaching is a combination of lectures and tutorials. Units are also supported by practical laboratory sessions.

Read the full Apprenticeship Standard and Assessment Plan for an embedded electronic systems design and development engineer.

How are you assessed?

The units are assessed with a variety of methods, including:

  • End-of-year exams
  • Computer-based tests
  • Coursework
  • Presentations

Tutor's View


Abdul Tawfik
Course leader

The top-up degree apprenticeship is designed to enable you to significantly enhance your engineering career and sets you on the right pathway to achieving Professional Engineering status. This degree programme is designed to give you the opportunity to gain the current knowledge, skills and know-how required by industry. The modern teaching techniques used to deliver the material makes learning both interesting and enjoyable. The flexibility of this programme will allow you to undertake your individual project at your place of work which means you can continue to add value to your employer while you learn.

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Facilities & Features


We have a wide range of modern facilities in our Analogue and Digital Electronics Engineering Laboratory and our Telecommunications and Signal Processing Laboratory. Both labs are fully equipped with industry-standard experimental and computational hardware and software, including radio receivers, walking robots and advanced digital signal processing (DSP) kits.

Maths Café

Drop in any time and get one-to-one help with that tricky maths or stats problem. With handouts on key topics to take away and computer-aided learning packages, we can get the problem solved and help you improve your numeracy skills.

University library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

Other costs to consider

You will be required to pay a registration fee at the start of your course to The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET). This will be approximately £50. Please see

The cost of End Point Assessment (EPA) - which your employer pays - is in addition to course fees. Please contact us for more information.




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Careers & Opportunities

Benefits to you

  • Stay ahead of the competition by working in your job and gaining your degree at the same time
  • Learn the theory of business and apply it to your workplace
  • Gain job-specific training
  • Have access to the support and resources at the University of Portsmouth

Benefits to your employer

  • Grow their own staff, instilling their business culture from an early stage
  • Get the skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to their business
  • Support succession planning and enhance retention of a skilled workforce
  • Work in partnership with the University to maximise effects of the programme

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