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Electrical and Electronic Engineering - BEng (Hons), HND, HNC, Foundation Entry

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As technology moves forwards, electrical and electronic engineering is becoming of significant importance, featuring heavily in all areas including - but not limited to -  electric vehicles, manufacturing, power generation, transmission and distribution networks, smart devices, communication and information systems.

Graduates from this programme will be equipped with skills and knowledge at the forefront of their discipline to meet the specialised needs of industry, thus enhancing graduate employability. The sustainability of modern life is dependent upon the reduction of carbon emissions through increased energy efficiency of electrical devices and the use of electric vehicles.

To support these societal needs, the new generation of engineers must be able to understand new and emerging technologies which will come about in the not-too-distant future. This programme is designed to enhance industrial relevance by focusing on the practical application of theory whilst maintaining academic rigour.

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PATHWAY OPTIONS AND HOW TO APPLY

Electrical and Electronic Engineering (BEng Hons) | 3 Year Degree Programme (Levels 4 to 6)
UCAS Code: 3TY8 
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Electrical and Electronic Engineering (HND) | 2 Year Programme (Levels 4 to 5)
UCAS Code: 3TYH 
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Electrical and Electronic Engineering (BEng Hons) | 4 Year Programme with Foundation Entry (Levels 3 to 6)
UCAS Code: 53R2
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STEM  Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (Electronic Stream)
1 Year Foundation Programme (Level 3 to 4)
UCAS Code: STE6
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Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course

  1. Students who wish to study the Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme are assumed to be interested in either electrical or electronic development, though their backgrounds may include the study of physics and mathematics. They will have an interest in electronics and may have already completed a number of projects as a hobby.
  2. This degree scheme is designed to produce suitably equipped graduates to work in the electrical and electronic engineering industry within the UK. Through our industrial links, we have also developed a program structure to provide students with the latest skills along with an appreciation of the demands of industry.
  3. Students will gain a wide exposure to modern technologies including power electronics and drives, digital signal processors, advanced digital communication systems, C, C++, Java, PLCs and control systems.
  4. Applicants to this programme are numerate and logically minded, and it is likely that they will have previously studied engineering, science, maths or physics. They would seek to become a computer expert who can understand the hardware, software and communications aspect of computer and electronic systems.
  5. Graduates of this programme would be expected to seek employment as electrical engineers, electronic engineers, electrical maintenance engineers, etc. In these roles, they could expect to be employed in a number of industry sectors including aerospace, automotive, distribution, manufacturing, etc.

What you will learn

Course Overview

This BEng course will develop knowledge of both the electrical and electronic engineering needed for modern industrial organisations.  

Students study fundamental electrical and electronic principles, microprocessors and mathematic. Electronics coverage includes circuit design, digital signal processing, power electronics and electronic system design.

The programme also covers electrical concepts, such as the theory of electrical principles, and electrical machines and drives. A subset of the electronics theme is embedded systems development, and this is supported by an introduction to computer programming, computer engineering and microprocessors. The instrumentation and control of electrical equipment is also addressed.

Emphasis is put on hands-on exercises to reinforce the theoretical concepts covered in the lectures. Heavy use is put on industrial standard software packages such as Matlab, Xilinx, Mentor Graphics and Microsoft’s Visual Development Studio.

The School is equipped with state of the art digital signal processing and digital synthesis development systems made possible by equipment donations from Xilinx and Texas Instruments, this gives students the chance to gain first-hand experience on the best technology currently in use in industry.

The overall aim of this programme is to develop students with the skills to work in the electrical and electronic engineering domain. Through a number of industrial links, the school has established a strong industrial demand for this programme. The expertise and skills you develop from designing and implementing solutions to defined problems as part of a team is highly regarded by employers.

Note: HNC students will study their modules over 2 years, part-time

Module Topics

Cert HE STEM (Electronics)

  • Academic Skills (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Analysing and Solving Problems (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Integrating Project (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Introduction to Computer Systems (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Introduction to Electronics (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Introduction to Mathematics and Science (20 credits; compulsory).

Year One – Level 4 - BEng/HND/HNC

  • Computer System Fundamentals (10 credits; compulsory)
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Embedded C (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Learning In The Digital Era (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework)
  • Mathematics (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Micros, Peripherals and Interfacing (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Signals and Systems (10 credits; compulsory).

 Year Two - Level 5 - BEng/HND

  • Changemakers: Creativity and Value Creation (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework)
  • Distributed Intelligence Systems (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Electronics I (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Electrical Engineering (20 credits; compulsory) 
  • Group Project (20 credits; optional (DDA) / optional (PT))
  • Work-Based Project (20 credits; optional (DDA) / optional (PT))
  • Transducers and Signal Conditioning (20 credits; compulsory).

 Year Three - Level 6 - BEng

  • Applied Programmable Logic Controllers (20 credits; Compulsory)
  • Electronics II (20 credits; Compulsory)
  • Electronic Systems Design (20 credits; Compulsory)
  • Independent Project (40 credits; Compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework)
  • Power Electronics and Drives (20 credits; Compulsory).
Assessment

The School of Applied Computing aims to produce graduates that help shape the future of electrical and electronic engineering. The course content is contemporary and shaped for employability through close links with local and national employers.

Students are assessed through a combination of laboratory-based practicals, assignments, presentations, projects and examinations. Module assessment is often by assignment, or assignment and examination. The final mark for some modules may include one or more pieces of coursework set and completed during the module. Project work is assessed by a written report and presentation.

Students are encouraged to use our links with Software Alliance Wales and Go Wales to work on commercial schemes for their Major Project module. Go Wales provides the opportunity of paid work placements with local businesses.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

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Entry Criteria

Typical A-Level Offer for BEng (Hons):

104 UCAS tariff points to include:

Two C grades at A-Level/AVCE; or 
BTEC National Diploma grades Merit/Merit/Merit; or 
BTEC National Certificate grades Merit, Pass; or 
NVQ Level 3 - Pass

Please note that subjects at Advanced Level should/may include Maths, ICT, Physics or similar.GCSE Maths grade C or above is preferred.

Typical International Baccalaureate Offer:

Please contact us for more information.

Typical A-Level Offer for HND:

48 UCAS tariff points to include:

One C grade at A-Level/AVCE; or
BTEC National Diploma grades Pass, Pass, Pass; or
BTEC National Certificate grades Pass, Pass; or
NVQ Level 3 - Pass

Subjects at Advanced Level should include Maths, ICT, Physics or similar.
GCSE Maths grade C or above is preferred.

Typical International Baccalaureate Offer:

Please contact us for more information.

Other:

Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please contact us for more information.

Career Opportunities

Applicants for this programme would be technically minded and may have previously studied engineering, computing or the sciences. 

They would seek to become an expert who can understand the hardware, software and communications aspects of electrical and electronic systems. Graduates of this programme would be expected to seek employment as electrical engineers, electronic engineers, electrical maintenance engineers, etc.

In these roles, they could expect to be employed in a number of industry sectors including aerospace, automotive, distribution, manufacturing, etc.

Additional Costs

It is possible to complete this programme of study without any additional costs.

Students may wish to purchase materials for modules, such as Major Project but this is not a requirement and will have no bearing on the final grade.

Study trips (Optional) – School arranged industrial visits in the UK or in Europe 

(For trips within the UK approximately £50 / For trips within Europe approximately £200)

It is recognised, for example, that the precise costs associated with a field trip could vary from year to year.

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