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Embedded Electronic Systems - BEng (Hons), HND, HNC, Foundation Entry

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There has long been a demand in industry for the computer expert who can understand the hardware, software and communications aspect of computer and electronic systems. As technology moves forwards, 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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Embedded Electronic Systems (BEng Hons)
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Embedded Electronic Systems (HND)  | 2 Year Programme (Levels 4 to 5)
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Embedded Electronic Systems (HNC)
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STEM Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (Electronic Stream)
1 Year Foundation Programme (Level 3 to 4) 
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Contact Email: computing@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Dr Stephen Mosey

Tuition Fees 2022/23:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course

  1. This degree programme scheme is designed to produce suitably equipped graduates to work in the computer systems and electronics industries 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. Students will gain a wide exposure to modern technologies.
  2. Applicants to this programme are numerate and logically-minded, and it is likely that they will have previously studied engineering, science, maths or information and communication technology.
    Such students will seek hardware, software and electronics skills.
  3. Applicants would seek to become a computer expert who can understand the hardware, software and communications aspects of computer and electronic systems.
    Graduates would seek positions as a network design engineer, electronics design engineer, communications systems engineer, etc.

What you will learn

Course Overview

This BEng/HND/HNC Embedded Electronic Systems course will develop knowledge of both the hardware and software systems needed for modern computers. It also concentrates on analogue electronics, digital electronics, microprocessors and digital signal processing and communications.

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.

There has been a move away from large-scale design and manufacturing companies and small highly skilled SMEs have taken their place. Students in such an environment may, therefore, need to think about starting their own business.

The overall aim of this programme is to develop students with the skills to work in the computer systems and electronics industries. Through a number of industrial links, the school has established a strong industrial demand for this programme.

The expertise and skills you develop from creating and managing software and hardware solutions as part of a team is highly regarded by employers.

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 Systems Fundamentals (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Embedded C (10 credits; compulsory)
  • Electrical & Electronic Principles (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Mathematics (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Signals & Systems (10 credits; compulsory)
  • Micros Peripherals & Interfaces (20 credits; compulsory)

Note: HNC students will study the above modules over 2 years, part-time.

 Year Two - Level 5 - BEng/HND

  • Changemakers: Creativity & Value Creation (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module) 
  • Digital Signal Processing & Communications (10 credits; compulsory)
  • Electromagnetic Radiation (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Electronics 1 (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Radio Frequency Systems (10 credits; compulsory)
  • Group Project (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Distributed Intelligence Systems (20 credits; compulsory).

  Year Three - Level 6 - BEng

  • Advanced Radio Frequency Systems (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Electronics 2 (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Electronic Systems Design (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Advanced Digital Signal Processing & Communications (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module).

The School of Applied Computing aims to produce graduates that help shape the future of computing and electronics. 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 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.

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Key Information

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 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 computing@uwtsd.ac.uk for more information.


Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please contact computing@uwtsd.ac.uk for more information.

Foundation Year in STEM - UCAS CODE: STE6

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 a computer expert who can understand the hardware, software and communications aspects of computer and electronic systems. HND graduates would seek positions as a network design technician, electronics design technician, communications systems technician, etc.

Here are some profiles of graduates from this programme and where they are now:

See our Graduate Testimonials

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.

Student Quotes

Rhys Brown Electrical Engineering

"The best thing about the course was the quality of learning."

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Not Applicable


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