BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronics Engineering with foundation year

From electric vehicles to Raspberry Pi®, ultrasound machines to manufacturing robots, and washing machines to windfarms; every single day, electrical and electronics engineering enhances our lives enormously. Our IET-accredited BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronics Engineering with foundation year course aims to educate the engineers who will lead the next phase of the digital revolution.

BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronics Engineering with foundation year

Course details

Advances in electrical and electronics engineering underpin the digital revolution that started in the 1950s and continues to the present day. Our BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronics Engineering with foundation year is designed to prepare you for a career in this world-changing industry.

The foundation year is the first year of this degree, offering an excellent grounding in the fundamentals of engineering, electronics and mathematics. It’s designed to prepare you for degree level study.

We offer ‘real world’ engineering knowledge and skills developed through a combination of theory and practical applications taught in a vibrant and supportive environment. This includes our range of highly specialised modules covering areas such as electromagnetism, embedded systems, digital signal processing, power electronics and renewable energy systems. Your professional development and training is encouraged through hands-on projects, live briefs, industrial visits and work placement opportunities.

You can learn about cutting-edge and emerging technologies, such as Smart Grids that are transforming global electricity delivery systems. We also place significant emphasis on the application of electronic systems that can be embedded in other products that are not necessarily electronic, such as cars, medical devices and industrial systems. In this way we aim to prepare you for careers in growth areas of the industry.

  • UCAS points: 48
  • Start date: 23/09/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BEng (Hons)
  • UCAS code: H360
  • Duration: 4 years

Course highlights:

  • Our BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
  • You’ll have the opportunity to join the IET as an affiliate member.
  • Our dedicated and experienced academics are experts in fields such as microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), antennas, power systems, electrical machines, power electronics and digital electronic systems.
  • During the foundation year, you’ll explore introductory concepts that encompass various engineering subjects, including mechanics, mathematics and electrical/electronic engineering. These are designed to prepare you for the ever increasing cross-disciplinary nature of engineering.
  • You’ll be encouraged to benefit from guest lectures and workshops from experts in the field, plus industrial summer work placements that provide practical experience and valuable networking opportunities.
  • Further study is possible on graduation with the University of Bolton’s MSc in Systems Engineering (Electronic) and Engineering Management, which meets the educational requirements set by IET and the Engineering Council for full accreditation as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Key features:

  • We are a university with a distinguished history in engineering.
  • This course offers a significant amount of hands-on project work and a high-level of laboratory-based teaching.
  • Our dedicated and supportive staff have a range of experience in the electrical and electronics engineering sector.
  • We strive to offer you opportunities to work on hands-on industrial projects and real-world challenges, either individually or as part of a group.
  • Our extensive teaching laboratories are equipped with industry-standard equipment. Our networked computer suites have Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) software, and our laboratories include electronics, power systems, renewable energies, and 3D printing equipment.

Entry requirements

  • UCAS points: 48
  • Start date: 23/09/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BEng (Hons)
  • UCAS code: H360
  • Duration: 4 years

Your Level 3 subjects must include a mathematics and science subject; for instance, A-level Mathematics and Physics or BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering.

You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English.

You may be required to attend an interview, provide a portfolio of work and take a diagnostic assessment. If the diagnostic assessment shows that you need additional mathematics tuition, you'll be required to take an additional module (Foundation Principles 0: ATT3037 ). This will help develop your understanding of the mathematics underpinning engineering and support you to succeed during your studies and future career.

If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Find out more

Career opportunities

Electrical and electronic engineers design, build and maintain electrical control systems, electrical systems for renewable energies, electric vehicles, and industrial machinery and equipment. The rapid expansion of the technology sector over the last few decades has created a demand for those who can create, understand and alter electrical control systems.

In addition to technical knowledge, this degree offers you the opportunity to develop a range of key employability skills that are highly transferrable to a wide range of areas beyond engineering, such as IT, finance and management. These skills include the ability to use specialist knowledge creatively and innovatively to solve problems, the ability to produce and interpret technical solutions, the ability to explain design ideas, effective communication (spoken and written), good team working skills, project and time management, and strong decision-making skills.

As a graduate of this BEng degree, you’ll have the knowledge and skills needed to define your own pathway to a rewarding career in electronics engineering, and be qualified to pursue exciting opportunities in research and development if you wish.

What can I do with this qualification?

Electrical and electronic engineers are employed in industries such as electronics, IT, manufacturing, power, transport, and construction and building services. Opportunities are also found in telecommunications, research and development, and petrochemicals. With experience, you could specialise in project management, research and development or consultancy work. You could also move into senior roles in operation management or at technical director level.

Global opportunities also exist for those willing to travel. Typical employers include local authorities, the armed forces, manufacturers in all industries, power and water companies, renewable energy firms, and building services contractors.

Another possible course of action for graduates is to pursue further study in a specialist field or in research. Courses include an MSc or PhD in areas such as internet engineering, nanotechnology, wireless and optical communications, and telecommunications.

Alternative career options

  • Management consultancy
  • Multimedia programming
  • Technical writing
  • Technical sales engineering
  • Logistics
  • Patent law and intellectual property
  • Procurement, purchasing and buying
  • Supply chain management
  • Teaching, academia and lecturing
  • Research and development

Professional recognition

The University of Bolton’s BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

After graduation, you’ll be able to achieve the educational requirements for full accreditation meeting the IET and the Engineering Council’s requirements for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) by further completing the University of Bolton’s MSc in Systems Engineering (Electronic) and Engineering Management.

Fees & funding

Home/EU fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/212021/222022/232023/24
2019/20 £9,250£9,250£9,250£9,250-£37,000
2020/21 -nullnullnullnullnull

International fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/212021/222022/232023/24
2019/20 £9,250£12,450£12,450£12,450-£46,600
2020/21 -nullnullnullnullnull

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply


If you already have a UCAS application for September

If you have an application for September with UCAS and are applying through Clearing please ensure you have received a verbal offer from the University by calling 01204 903030.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211

If you have not yet applied through UCAS

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

Before you commence the online application please read the Application Guidance Notes.

You should also ensure you have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or


The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email

Teaching & assessment


Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Foundation Principles 0
  • Foundation Principles 1
  • Foundation Principles 2
  • Engineering Study Skills
  • Engineering Technology
  • Engineering Environment
  • Introductory Engineering Mathematics
  • Introductory Electrical Principles
  • Introductory Digital Electronics
  • Introductory Analogue Electronics
  • Introductory Embedded Systems
  • Engineering Modelling and Analysis
  • Instrumentation and Control
  • Intermediate Digital Electronics and Communications
  • Intermediate Electrical Principles and Enabling Power Electronics
  • Intermediate Embedded Systems
  • Major Project
  • Management and Enterprise in Engineering
  • Electrical Machines and Power Electronic Drives
  • Engineering Electromagnetism
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Integrated Circuit Design
  • Power Systems and Smart Grids
  • Renewable Energies
  • Advanced Embedded Systems

Teaching, learning and assessment

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you achieve your potential. Formal timetabled classes, including lectures, guest lectures, tutorials and tutor-led in-class exercises, along with case studies, laboratories, investigations and assignments, in groups and individually, are designed to help you acquire and develop appropriate concepts, knowledge and skills. Our personal tutor system underpins all our teaching activities and provides one-on-one support, peer support and individual care and attention.

Other teaching methods, such as coursework, projects and practical activities, provide opportunities to develop creativity and innovation skills. These are designed to meet the professional body accreditation requirements, as well as help you apply, assimilate and integrate your understanding of the course material. Personal study time is required, along with online learning in the form of maintaining an electronic Personal Development Plan (ePDP).

Guest lectures and taking part in competitive design and make exercises will offer you the chance to further develop your knowledge and practical skills.

The taught modules are assessed individually and we award you credits when you successfully complete each module. In terms of assessment, you can expect time constrained exams, essays, reports, presentations, portfolios, and others. These contribute to your final module mark and allow you to demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes.

We also use other forms of assessment to help you learn, provide you with feedback and inform your development, though these don’t count towards your final module mark. During seminars, you’ll be provided with a series of structured tasks to complete that will test your understanding of the topics covered and problem solving skills. You’ll also receive feedback on assessment drafts. These will help to identify any areas which would benefit from extra attention on your part, or where you need extra support from your tutor.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (100%)
Level Two Coursework (73%), Written exams (27%)
Level Three Coursework (40%), Written exams (60%)
Level Coursework (63%), Written exams (37%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (58%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (42%)
Level Two Guided independent study (66%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (34%)
Level Three Guided independent study (78%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (22%)
Level Guided independent study (78%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (22%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • UCAS code:
  • Course type:
  • Start date:
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    BEng (Hons)
  • UCAS points:
  • Duration:
    4 years

Contact us

Safa Alhakeem
Programme Leader - Engineering Foundation Year
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903833

Felicia Li Chin Ong
Programme Leader - BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903397

Akram Bati
Admissions Tutor and Deputy Programme Leader
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903525

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903