FdEng Electrical Power Engineering

Aston University FdEng Electrical Power Engineering

Since completion of the course, my career has gone from strength to strength and I now have the position of Engineering Specialist." 

David Phillips
Foundation Degree

Entry requirements

Applicants must be in paid employment and have 2 A-Levels

Upon completion, further specialist study can be acquired through progression to a BEng or BSc programme, delivered on a blended  distance learning basis.

This is an IEng accredited degree programme designed in collaboration with the major electricity companies, the Sector Skills Council and partner Further Education (FE) colleges
Opportunity to progress onto one of the BEng Professional Engineering programmes (by distance learning)
Benefit from close links to industry
Gain specialist knowledge required to further your career

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

  • Power System Management
  • Transmission
  • Distribution
  • Construction Management
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)

£7,950 (Home/EU) £13,600  (Outside EU) for 2018/19

Year 1

Provides an introduction to the basic knowledge and skills required by the electricity industry, and may be provided by an FE college working in partnership with Aston University.

  • The Electricity Industry (EE1F01)
  • Business Environment (EE1F02)
  • Energy Transfer (EE1F03)
  • Electromechanical Systems (EE1F04)
  • Principles of Electrical Engineering (EE1F05)
  • Engineering Mathematics (EE1F06)

Year 2

Develops these skills to a more advanced and specialised level and is delivered by Aston University. Students will also learn through work with their employer.

Modules will vary depending on the programme studied:

Power System Management

  • Electrical Machines (EE2FG1)
  • Regulation & Power Systems Operation (EE2FM2)
  • Charactersitics of Power Systems (EE2FM3)
  • Protection & System Management (EE2FM4)
  • Work Based Project (EE2F05)
  • Mathematical Methods in Electrical Engineering (EE2F06) 


  • Power Systems Operation & Control (EE2F01)
  • Protection (EE2F02)
  • Overhead Lines & Cables (EE2F03)
  • Substations, Transformers & Circuit Breakers (EE2F04)
  • Work Based Project (EE2F05)
  • Mathematical Methods in Electrical Engineering (EE2F06)


  • Power Systems Operation & Control (EE2F01)
  • Protection (EE2F02)
  • Overhead Lines & Cables (EE2F03)
  • Substations, Transformers & Circuit Breakers (EE2F04)
  • Work Based Project (EE2F05)
  • Mathematical Methods in Electrical Engineering (EE2F06)

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 either the BEng Professional Engineering (Power Systems) programme or the generic BEng Professional Engineering programme, both 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.

Lee Jenkins

Lee Jenkins is the Programme Director for the Foundation Degrees in Electrical Power Engineering. He has a vast array of experience in the electrical and electronic industry. Lee is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the IET Midlands Power Group. 
If you are interested in applying for the course for 2018/19 please contact us on the details below.
Aston Professional Education Centre
School of Engineering & Applied Science

Aston University
Aston Triangle
Birmingham B4 7ET

Room: MB133
+44 (0)121 204 3409

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