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

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Mode of Study
1 year part-time (top-up)
Start Date
September 2022


If you’re already working, and want to top up your HND or Foundation degree to a full honours degree, this Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer top-up degree apprenticeship is ideal.

Typically, on this 1-year course, you'll spend 1 day a week studying for your degree and the other 4 days in work, but there may be occasional additional days you'll spend at the University. The Government or your employer pay your tuition fees – so it doesn’t cost you anything. This degree apprenticeship is suitable for anyone over 18, that has a HND, Foundation degree, or 2 years of degree study in a relevant subject with overall grade of merit, or above.

You'll study with other apprentices and students in a way that reflects real working relationships. You'll get to put the skills you learn to work instantly in your job, contributing to the success of your company. You'll graduate with a BEng (Hons) in Electronic Engineering.

Accredited by:

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework
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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.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

What you'll experience

On this course, you’ll:

  • Get a full honours degree, while earning a salary
  • Develop knowledge and skills in electronic engineering, covering topics such as advanced electronic systems, digital signal processing and embedded systems
  • Get a personal tutor from the University and a workplace mentor
  • Have access to labs equipped with industry-standard experimental and computational hardware and software, including FPGA target hardware, conveyor belts and Matlab
  • Meet like-minded professionals to build a network of peers
  • Get practical work experience in your job, giving you an advantage over students who do a traditional degree
  • Have access to the University's student support services and community including the Library, study support, sports and recreation facilities, and the Students’ Union
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.

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.


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.

Academic skills support

As well as support by faculty teaching 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.

Maths cafe

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 maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.


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.

​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 in addition to course 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.


Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

How you apply for a degree apprenticeship depends on whether you’re currently employed or not.

How to apply with your current employer

If you’re in full-time employment and would like to do a degree apprenticeship with your current employer, ask them to complete our enquiry form so we can discuss with them how we can work together. 

You might find it useful to share our information for employers page with them too.

How to apply with a new employer

If you’re not employed full-time or not working for a company that can fund and support your degree apprenticeship, you'll need to apply for a degree apprenticeship with a company that offers them.

You'll follow their standard recruitment process and we'll assess your academic suitability for the course once you've applied.

We can let you know when there are degree apprenticeship vacancies available with companies we work with – contact us to give us your details.

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