FdEng Electrical Power Engineering

This degree programme has been designed by Aston University's School of Engineering and Applied Science in collaboration with the major electricity companies, the Sector Skills Council and partner Further Education (FE) colleges. The programme lasts two years and requires part-time block attendance, with six modules studied in each year.

Key benefits of this course

  • To provide students with the opportunities to realise their academic potential through a range of learning experiences
  • To provide a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of Power System Management/Power Generation, or Electrical Power Engineering including relevant aspects of Business Management
  • To provide students with appropriately structured curricula, combining teaching and learning in technology, management and design issues with practical skills training
  • To provide an up-to-date and employer focused curriculum
  • To equip students with the necessary skills for a range of technology based careers within the electricity utility industry focusing on electrical power system management
  • To produce capable graduates who are highly valued by employers and who have the opportunity to progress onto one of the BEng Professional Engineering programmes (by distance learning).

The specific programmes in Electrical Power Engineering that we offer are:

  • Power System Management
  • Transmission
  • Distribution
Aston’s Foundation Degrees are varied, flexible and accessible. The Electrical Power Engineering degrees are designed specifically for the electricity industry. They are delivered in collaboration with partner colleges, including Inverness College (University of Highlands and Islands).

2 years

Attendance: Students are required to attend all block teaching sessions (approximately 13 weeks per year)

Location: Teaching is delivered either at Aston or Inverness College for the first year. Final year teaching is held at Aston. Modules are delivered in two week intensive blocks (approximately 13 weeks in total per year) with additional revision classes. The course is classed as full time as students are expected to carry out work assignments whilst off campus, based around their current job role.

Entry Requirements

  •  A relevant National Certificate or Diploma in Engineering or related subject awarded at Merit or Distinction level.
  • 2 ‘A’ levels (preferably including Mathematics or Physics), with supporting GCSEs at grade c or above, including Science, Technology or Mathematics.
  • Equivalent Scottish or overseas qualifications to those listed above.
  • If over 21, on the basis of experience or qualification deemed equivalent to those above.
  • Candidates with appropriate level 4 plus qualifications may be allowed direct year 2 entry


Subject Specific Requirements

  • Applicants should be in paid employment in which they can achieve the work based learning elements of the programme


Fees (per annum)

£7,850 (Home/EU) £13,000  (Outside EU) for 2016/17

This programme is assessed by assignments, formal lectures, tutorial classes, work-based projects and examinations.
Students who successfully complete the Foundation Degree in Power Engineering have the opportunity to progress on to the BEng BEng Professional Engineering (Power Systems) programme, taught by blended distance learning

This programme is IEng accredited and fulifls the educational requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer when presented with an IEng accredited Bachelors programme.

Mr Stephen Luke

Steve is Director of Professional Engineering, Foundation Degrees and CPD at Aston University. He has vast experience in industry and is currently Programme Director of all the Foundation Degrees in Power Engineering at Aston. 
Entry for the 2014/15 academic year is now closed.

If you are interested in applying for the programme for 2015/6 please contact us on the details below.
Aston Professional Engineering Centre
School of Engineering & Applied Science

Aston University
Aston Triangle
Birmingham B4 7ET

Room: MB133
+44 (0)121 204 3409

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David Phillips - Western Power
Graduate of FDEng Electrical Power Engineering
“Since completion of the course my career has gone from strength to strength. Aston University is truly a great place to learn, make new friends and gain the knowledge required to fulfil your professional career.”
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Gavin Stewart, SSE
Graduate of FDEng Electrical Power Engineering
"I attended the Foundation Degree at Aston University and completed the course, passing with distinction and winning an award for being the top student, something I am very proud of."
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Colin Roberts - SSE
Graduate of FDEng Electrical Power Engineering
“The tutors on the course were always approachable no matter what the issue and willing to devote their time in helping with projects.”

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