Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer Degree Apprenticeship (Electronic Engineering) (Top up) BEng (Hons)

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Mode of Study
Part-time
Duration
1 year part-time (top-up)
Start Date
September 2022, September 2023
Accredited
Yes

Overview

If you're working in electronic engineering, and you want to expand your career opportunities by topping up your HND or Foundation degree to a full BEng (Hons) in Electronic Engineering, this degree apprenticeship program is ideal. 

This Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer programme is a degree apprenticeship course, so you'll spend 1 day of your working week on your studies, with the other 4 in your current job. You'll get to put the skills you learn to work instantly in your job, contributing to the success of your company. And your fees are covered by your employer, or the Government, so you won’t face any tuition costs. 

Course highlights

  • Get a full honours degree, while earning a salary
  • Apply your practical electronic engineering study to problems from your own workplace
  • Develop knowledge and skills in advanced electronic systems, digital signal processing and embedded systems
  • Use industry-standard experimental and computational hardware and software, including FPGA target hardware, conveyor belts and Matlab, in our labs
  • Have access to the University's student support services and community including the Library, study support, sports and recreation facilities, and the Students’ Union
  • Build a network of professional peers and fellow students from other electronic and engineering disciplines
  • Study alongside your job, with support from a personal University tutor and a workplace mentor

You'll typically go to university 1 day a week to attend lectures, seminars and workshops, but there may be occasional additional days you'll spend at the University. On any weeks you don't go to University, you'll still spend 20% of your time studying or training away from your normal working environment.

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Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Entry requirements​

BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering (Top-Up) (Degree Apprenticeship) degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • A relevant HND, Foundation degree, or successful completion of 2 years of degree study in a relevant subject with overall grade of merit, or above.
  • All applicants to the Degree Apprenticeship courses must have an acceptable Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics. Acceptable qualifications include GCSE with grade C/4 or above and Functional Skills with Pass – please note that we are not able to accept all kinds of Level 2 qualifications, so if you are unsure whether you have a suitable qualification please get in touch.
  • If you do not have an acceptable qualification you may be required to take an additional assessment during the application process.
Selection process
  • Applicants may need to attend an interview and/or submit a portfolio in support of their application.

You may need to have studied specific subjects – see full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

Qualifications or experience
  • A relevant HND, Foundation degree, or successful completion of 2 years of degree study in a relevant subject with overall grade of merit, or above.
    • Applicants without relevant qualifications will need to attend an interview and/or submit a portfolio in support of their application.
  • All applicants to the Degree Apprenticeship courses must have an acceptable Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics.
    • Acceptable qualifications include GCSE with grade C/4 or above and Functional Skills with Pass – please note that we are not able to accept all kinds of Level 2 qualifications, so if you are unsure whether you have a suitable qualification please get in touch.
    • If you do not have an acceptable qualification you may be required to take an additional assessment during the application process.
Selection process
  • Applicants may need to attend an interview and/or submit a portfolio in support of their application.

You may need to have studied specific subjects – see full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

Careers and opportunities

The specialist skills and knowledge you develop on this apprenticeship will help you advance your career and boost your promotion prospects.

With a degree, you could also study at Master's level after the course.

I previously found it hard to balance college work during the day and part-time retail work in the evenings, so the degree apprenticeship is a perfect way to earn whilst I learn. My responsibilities at work have given me experience that I can apply in the learning environment as well as confidence which helps with assessments such as presentations.

Tom Colbeck, Degree Apprentice

What you'll study on this BEng (Hons) Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer Degree Apprenticeship (Electronic Engineering) (Top-up) degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • Advanced Electronic Systems – 20 credits
  • Digital Signal Processing – 20 credits
  • Individual Project – 40 credits
  • Real-time Embedded Systems – 20 credits
  • VHDL & FPGA Systems – 20 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • laboratory sessions

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • end-of-year exams
  • computer-based tests
  • coursework
  • presentations

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

We're planning for most of your learning to be supported by timetabled face-to-face teaching with some elements of online provision. Please be aware, the balance between face-to-face teaching and online provision may change depending on Government restrictions. You'll also do lots of independent study with support from staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle. Find out more about how our teaching has transformed to best support your learning.

Term dates

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

See term dates

Supporting your learning

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

You'll get a workplace mentor who's there to support you during your apprenticeship. They'll understand your workplace responsibilities and help you to balance your workload in your workplace and in your studies

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study in one-on-one and group sessions.

They can help you:

  • master the mathematics skills you need to excel on your course
  • understand engineering principles and how to apply them in any engineering discipline
  • solve computing problems relevant to your course
  • develop your knowledge of computer programming concepts and methods relevant to your course
  • understand and use assignment feedback

All our labs and practical spaces are staffed by qualified laboratory support staff. They’ll support you in scheduled lab sessions and can give you one-to-one help when you do practical research projects.

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to:

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

The Maths Cafe offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your mathematics skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees

The course fee is shared between the Government and some employers, meaning no cost to you as the degree apprentice. The total tuition fee is £9,000 paid over 1 year. Please see our degree apprenticeships page for further information.

The cost of End-Point Assessment (EPA) is included in the tuition fees. Please contact us for more information.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

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

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.

You’ll need to pay additional costs of £50–£1000 to cover travel, accommodation or subsistence if you take a placement abroad. The amount you’ll pay will vary, depending on the location and length of your stay.

You may need to pay a registration fee at the start of your course to The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET). This is around £50.

Your employer will cover the cost of the End-Point Assessment (EPA), which is separate from your course fees.

Apply

The application deadline is . Applications received after this date may not be considered.

  • I'm applying with my current employer

    If you're already in full-time work, and your employer is interested in you studying this course, get them to contact us and we'll work out how to work together. 

    If your employer isn't interested yet, you might find it useful to share our information for employers page with them.

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  • I'm looking for a job with a Degree Apprenticeship role

    If you're not in full-time employment, or your current employer is not interested in degree apprenticeships, you'll need to find a role that does offer a degree apprenticeship. You can search the gov.uk list of open degree apprenticeship vacancies, or contact us with your details and we'll let you know when degree apprenticeship vacancies come up.

    When you apply for a role that includes one of our degree apprenticeships, you'll follow the company's standard recruitment process for the job, while we assess your academic suitability for the course.

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