BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Degree Apprenticeship)

Our IET-accredited BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Degree Apprenticeship) allows you to invest in your workforce by combining university education, work-based learning, and ongoing professional development. While working as a valuable part of your team, your apprentices can gain the skills and knowledge needed to become a specialist embedded electronic systems design and development engineer or electrical/electronic technical support engineer.

BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Degree Apprenticeship)

Course details

Our BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Degree Apprenticeship) is aimed at those who are committed to developing their career in this challenging and exciting industry. The course has been informed by employers and 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). Depending on the needs of your organisation, this course can cover the knowledge, skills, and behaviours required by the embedded electronic systems design and development engineer degree apprenticeship or the electrical/electronic technical support engineer degree apprenticeship. In both cases, this course qualifies as a Level 6 apprenticeship under the apprenticeship levy guidelines.

Your apprentices will spend 80% of their time at work and 20% at the university, usually on a day-release basis. Study at the University of Bolton complements learning in the workplace, supporting your apprentices as they learn to understand, enhance, design and support electrical- and electronics-based technology. Offering a solid foundation in the fundamental scientific and mathematical principles underpinning engineering, this course can prepare apprentices for higher-level responsibilities within your organisation. Our expert team will support them as they develop the ability to bring concepts to life through a combination of engineering know-how, computer-aided design, testing and manufacturing skill, and engineering management knowledge. We’ll guide your apprentices, helping them gain skills in logical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and teamwork, as well as a focus on quality, ethics, and safety.

This degree apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to offer structured training, a recognised degree-level qualification, and support towards professional registration with the IET, helping you attract the best new talent and retain valued staff through career progression. Studying flexibly alongside work allows apprentices to put their new skills and understanding into practice without delay, benefitting your organisation immediately.

If you’re looking for undergraduate-level training in this subject area but don’t work for an employer who is offering apprenticeships, please see our related courses section for details of study opportunities that don’t require current employment.

  • UCAS points: 96
  • Start date: 27/01/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BEng (Hons)
  • Duration: 4.5 years

Course highlights:

  • When apprentices successfully complete the end point assessment for this course, they will receive a degree apprenticeship certificate, and be awarded an academic degree – the BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Bolton.
  • This degree 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).
  • Face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support are offered by our team of dedicated and experienced academics who are experts in fields such as smart grid, power systems, electrical machines, power electronics, digital electronic systems, signal processing, embedded systems, sensor networks, instrumentations, control systems, and wireless communications.
  • During the final stage of the course, your apprentice will undertake a substantial work-based research project, the nature of which will be identified and developed through consultation between your organisation and the university. As well as offering your apprentice valuable experience, this live project can offer you genuine insight into potential opportunities or improvements that can benefit your organisation.

Key features:

  • Our approach to teaching and learning is ‘student-centred’, so we’ll work with your apprentices on an individual basis, providing tailored help and support throughout their studies.
  • The course includes significant opportunities for problem-based learning in our well-equipped laboratories.
  • We have specialist mathematics tutors who are dedicated to making mathematics accessible and enjoyable, and who have an excellent track record in supporting students to achieve mastery of engineering mathematics and science.
  • Course materials are available online, allowing your apprentices to prepare work at home and make the most of the highly interactive in-class tuition.
  • Quarterly and annual reviews, where each apprentice, their workplace mentor and a member of our team meet to assess your apprentice’s progress, promote continuing conversation between your workplace and the university. This helps to ensure the success of your apprentices and maximise the value of their studies to your organisation.
  • After successful completion of this course, graduate apprentices can continue their studies with the University of Bolton’s MSc in Systems Engineering (Electronic) & Engineering Management, which is designed to meet the full academic requirements set by IET and the Engineering Council to achieve Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. This MSc is also available as a Level 7 degree apprenticeship route.

Entry requirements

  • UCAS points: 96
  • Start date: 27/01/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BEng (Hons)
  • Duration: 4.5 years

An applicant’s Level 3 subjects must include a mathematical-based subject and a science, technology or engineering related subject; for instance, A-level Mathematics and Physics or BTEC 90-credit Diploma in Engineering.

An applicant should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including Mathematics, English and a science, technology or engineering related subject.

An applicant that has completed a Level 3 Apprenticeship in a relevant area (for instance, as an embedded system design and development technician) may be eligible for admission.

An applicant that has completed a Foundation Certificate or Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject may be eligible for admission.

An applicant with an HND/C in Engineering will be considered for direct entry to Level HE5 if they have good results in Level HE4 Mathematics and Science.

Applicants may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

Admission to this programme is only available to candidates who meet the following criteria. 1) They are employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in a role relevant to the apprenticeship. 2) They have the right to live and work in the UK. 3) Their employer is participating in the Degree Apprenticeship scheme. 4) Their employer is willing to sponsor them to attend the University one day per week (times and dates to be determined). Please note that an apprentice cannot be self-employed.

If an applicant doesn’t possess GCSEs in English and Mathematics at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9, or hold an equivalent such as Functional Skills Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy, they will be asked to complete initial assessments for English and mathematics. The results of these assessments will determine whether they are accepted on to the apprenticeship with their current qualifications, or a recommendation of delayed entry is made so they can undertake studies enabling them to achieve the required level of English and mathematics prior to commencing the apprenticeship.

If English isn’t the applicant's first language they will 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

To be eligible for tuition fee funding through the Apprenticeship Levy, candidates should not normally have already completed a qualification at the same level as the proposed apprenticeship, unless that qualification was gained in a completely unrelated discipline.

Career opportunities

The BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Degree Apprenticeship) programme is designed to meet the embedded electronic systems design and development engineer apprenticeship standard (ST0151) or the electrical/electronic technical support engineer apprenticeship standard (ST0024), depending on your organisation’s requirements. Developed by employers, consultants and contractors, each of these apprenticeship standards underpins a highly relevant qualification and professional development pathway that supports apprentices to achieve the technical knowledge required for a career in these areas of engineering.

In addition to technical knowledge, this programme offers your degree apprentices the opportunity to develop a range of key employability skills. These 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.

What can I do with this qualification?

This degree apprenticeship aims to support the development of the next generation of electrical and electronic engineers. On successful completion of the end point assessment apprentices will be well prepared to take on demanding roles in embedded electronic systems design and development or electrical/electronic technical support.

Graduate apprentices may choose to continue their training in electrical and electronic engineering in order to achieve the professional standards to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng). For instance, the University of Bolton’s MSc in Systems Engineering (Electronic) & Engineering Management is designed to meet the full academic requirements set by IET and the Engineering Council to achieve Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. This MSc is also available as a Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship Route.

Graduate apprentices might also choose to pursue further study in a specialist field or in research.

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, candidates may have the option to study the University of Bolton’s MSc in Systems Engineering (Electronic) and Engineering Management or MRes Engineering Management, both of which are designed to fully meet the academic requirements for CEng status.

Fees & funding

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or SDMenquiries@bolton.ac.uk for more information

Useful information

Apprentices will not be expected to pay tuition fees towards this programme. Your organisation may be able to fund this Degree Apprenticeship though the Apprenticeship Levy (if your organisation is paying the levy).

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.

Bursaries

There are no bursaries associated with this programme.

Click here for more information on undergraduate bursaries

How to apply

Home/EU

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 admissions@bolton.ac.uk

International

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

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Teaching & assessment

Modules

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.

  • Engineering Environment
  • Introductory Engineering Mathematics
  • Introductory Electrical Principles
  • Introductory Digital Electronics
  • Introductory Analogue Electronics
  • Introductory Embedded Systems
  • Work-based Portfolio and PDP 1
  • Engineering Modelling and Analysis
  • Instrumentation and Control
  • Intermediate Digital Electronics and Communications
  • Intermediate Electrical Principles and Enabling Power Electronics
  • Intermediate Embedded Systems
  • Analogue Signal Processing and Communications
  • Work-based Portfolio and PDP 2
  • Major Project
  • Management and Enterprise in Engineering
  • Electrical Machines and Power Electronic Drives
  • Engineering Electromagnetism
  • Advanced Embedded Systems
  • Work-Based Portfolio and PDP 3

Teaching, learning and assessment

Electrical and electronic engineering is a diverse and multi-faceted discipline, so we use a wide range of teaching and learning methods. These are designed to fully engage apprentices, helping them to develop the skills, knowledge, self-awareness and behaviours essential to become an Incorporated Engineer (IEng), with particular reference to your organisation and their place within it. Learning focuses on your workplace environment, and works towards building the transferable body of knowledge and skills demanded to achieve IEng status, and apply this expertise within your organisation. Your apprentices will spend approximately 80% of their time in the workplace, with the other 20% of their time being devoted to off-the-job training and university learning.

Formal timetabled classes, including lectures, tutorials and tutor-led in-class exercises, along with case studies, laboratories, investigations and assignments, in groups and individually, are designed to help apprentices 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 open-ended projects and design, make and test activities, provide opportunities to develop creativity and innovation skills. These are designed to meet the professional body accreditation requirements, as well as help apprentices to apply, assimilate and integrate their 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). As your apprentices progress through the programme, their studies will become less structured and more open-ended in nature as they develop as independent learners.

Your organisation will need to provide each apprentice with a workplace mentor to support their development. They will also benefit from regular visits from a university tutor. The workplace mentor, university tutor and apprentice will work together to create the individual learning plan required to progress the apprentice’s professional body membership.

For the degree element of this programme, we assess each apprentice’s individual performance through a strategic blend of project or design reports, examinations, portfolios, presentations, blogs and other assignments. Some assessments contribute to their final module marks, while others are designed to help them identify their strengths and weaknesses, and where they need to seek extra support from course tutors. In addition to the assessments associated with the degree programme, apprentices will undertake an end point assessment at the end of the apprenticeship period.

Disclaimer

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

Learning activities

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

Contact The University

Key facts

  • Course type:
    Part-time
  • Start date:
    27/01/2020
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    BEng (Hons)
  • UCAS points:
    96
  • Duration:
    4.5 years

Contact us

Felicia Li Chin Ong
Programme Leader
Email: F.Ong@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903397

Akram Bati
Admissions Tutor and Deputy Programme Leader
Email: A.Bati@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903525

Jonathan Kelly
Academic Co-ordinator
Email: J.Kelly@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903134

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903