Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Degree Apprenticeship

EAS Electronics lab

Every day is different,
but I always learn
something new."

James Gee
Aston Degree Apprentice

Entry requirements

  • Three A Levels including maths and at least one other STEM subject
  • Grade 4 or C GCSE Maths and English
  • In paid employment in a relevant role.

A degree apprenticeship that provides a thorough grounding in the basic principles of modern electrical and electronic engineering. Emphasising learning by doing, students develop the practical and intellectual skills that will give them a competitive edge in their graduate careers.
Benefit from a hands-on, project oriented approach with close industrial links
No student fees
Gain a full honours degree as well as over 4 years relevant work experience
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology


By successfully completing this programme, you will be awarded with a BEng in Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development. You will also achieve an apprenticeship certificate that is graded at pass, merit or distinction. 

Duration of programme

Four and a half years of study, delivered in block release format with blended work-based, on-campus and distance learning.

Start date

Presently there is only one entry point in September.

Tuition fees

Apprentices do not have to pay for tuition fees*. The total fee of £27,000 will be met by the UK government and your employer. In addition to your fees being paid, you will also earn a salary while you study, so there is no need to apply for Student Finance.

* Employers may require students to pay the fees for resits.

Entry requirements

You will need to apply for or already be employed in a role with responsibilities aligned with the degree content. Entry requirements are also set by the hiring business so these will vary between organisations. Apprentices are selected based on their applications, an interview and an assessment process which is tailored to your apprenticeship position.

Typically employers require:

  • Three A Levels (or equivalent) in Maths and at least one further STEM based subject such as Physics, ICT, Computing or Electronics 
  • At least Grade 4 or C GCSE Maths and English.

You will also need to meet the government's eligibility criteria:

  • Have been a UK/EU/EAA resident for the past three years or more prior to starting the course 
  • Have left full time education when the apprenticeship you are applying for is due to start 
  • Be aged at least 16 years old to meet government funding criteria.

Other routes

This course is also delivered as BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering through the traditional university route. 

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Programme overview

The first apprenticeship of its kind for aspiring electrical and electronic engineers. Apprentices will gain extensive knowledge of electronics, electronics principles and embedded software combined with an initial grounding in design and development. This apprenticeship provides the basis for specialisation as a hardware, software or systems engineer involved with design of integrated circuits through to complete systems depending on the needs of your organisation.

Who is this apprenticeship for?

Apprentices can range from new employees with no previous experience to existing professionals who have grown into their role, but lack a formal degree qualification.

Programme content

Programme content is taught at undergraduate level through a set of core modules that will provide the theory you need in your day-to-day role. The apprenticeship is split into three stages:

Stage one 

Topics on offer in stage one include:
  • Core engineering mathematics
  • Computational problem solving
  • Digital and analogue electronics 
  • Electrical circuit theory
  • Electronic systems design
  • Engineering projects and entrepreneurship 
  • Introductory C programming 

Stage two

  • Analogue electronics 
  • Data acquisition and control 
  • Intermediate digital design 
  • Electronic systems analysis 
  • Internet of things 
  • Electronics group design project 

Final stage

  • Digital systems design
  • Digital systems architecture 
  • Advanced embedded systems 

Throughout the apprenticeship, you will undertake sessions designed to develop your professional practice and encourage reflection on your learning.

The programme also includes a work-based project during the final stage that is tailored to the work you do within your organisation.

Learning and teaching

The first stage of the apprenticeship consists of a six-week on-campus introduction. This includes teaching in mathematics, computation problem solving, and analogue and digital electronics, with an emphasis on practical problem-solving. The aim of this indtroductory period is to prove you will the core knowledge and skills you need to become an effective team member in the workplace.

After the induction period, you'll learn develop through work-based learning and on-campus teaching blocks, that allow for more specialist practical work. Study involves both individual and group project work, which can be tailored to your role within your organisation.

You'll spend the majority of your time in the workplace doing a real full-time job as well as studying part time. Your learning will be made up of a combination of online seminars that take place outside of office hours as well as occasional sessions on campus where you can meet face-to-face with your peers and our academics.

Study time is structured to fit around your job, as are exams. Your apprenticeship is designed in partnership with your employer, so you don't need to worry about your work and study commitments clashing.


You will be are assessed throughout the apprenticeship via exams, coursework and practical assessments, alongside work-based practice and portfolio. The apprenticeship also includes an end point assessment interview with representatives from Aston University, a representative from the employer and an independent assessor.

Dr Elena Turitsyna 

I joined the Photonic Research group of Electronic Engineering department in October 2000. I received a Ph.D degree in Electronic Engineering in July 2007. I was a holder of the Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship in 2008-2011. 

My research interests are in numerical modelling of fibre Brag gratings, in modelling fibre lasers systems. 

I am not employed in the industry

The first step in joining our Degree Apprenticeship programme is to find and apply for a relevant job vacancy. All our current degree apprenticeship vacancies are listed below and are updated on a regular basis. Please check back regularly for new vacancies.

Find out more about applying for degree apprenticeships

I am already employed in the industry

If you are already employed in this industry, you should discuss with your manager if your organisation is working in partnership with Aston University. If they are, you will make an application through your employer. 

If your employer is not yet an Aston partner, they can get in touch with our Apprenticeships Team to find out more information about working with us.

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