Degree Apprenticeship in Embedded Electronic System Design and Development (BEng Hons)

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Entry requirements

Level 3 qualification in maths and at least one further STEM subject, and a minimum of Grade C GCSE English Language.

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

Duration of Programme: 4 1/2 years of study, delivered in block release format with blended work-based, on-campus and distance learning

Total number of credits gained: 360

Eligibility criteria:
  • eligible to work in the UK
  • not in full-time education (at the time you enrol on the programme)
Entry requirements:

To be eligible for admission to this programme, students must be employed in a relevant approved graduate apprenticeship scheme. Individual employers will set their own entry requirements in terms of prior academic qualifications and experience.

Typically, applicants will have attained A-level standard or equivalent, in Maths and at least one further STEM based subject such as Physics, ICT, Computing or Electronics and will have an English Language qualification at GCSE level (grade C or above).

Tuition fees: Students do not pay fees for the programme, the fees are being met jointly by the UK Government and the student’s employer. Note that employers may require students to pay the fees for resits.

Students will study three stages, each of which is anticipated to take around 18 months to complete. Students will study on campus for six weeks at the beginning of the programme, and continue to attend classes on campus several times a year on a block release format, while simultaneously putting what they learn into practice in the workplace.

Stage 1

  • Core Engineering Mathematics (EE1CEM)
  • Computational Problem Solving (EE1CPS)
  • Digital and Analogue Electronics (EE1DAE)
  • Electrical Circuit Theory (EE1ECT)
  • Electronic Systems Design (EE1ESD)
  • Engineering Projects and Entrepreneurship 1 (EE1EPE)
  • Introductory C Programming (EE3CCS)
  • Professional Practice and Reflection 1 (EE1PPR)

Stage 2

  • Analogue Electronics (EE2AEL)
  • Data Acquisition and Control (EE2DAC)
  • Intermediate Digital Design (EE2IDD)
  • Electronic Systems Analysis (EE2ESA)
  • Internet of Things (EE3IOT)
  • Electronics Group Design Project (EE2EDP)
  • Professional Practice and Reflection 2 (EE2PPR)

Final Stage

  • Digital Systems Design (EE3DSD)
  • Digital Systems Architecture (EE3DSA)
  • Individual Final Year Project (EE3PRJ)
  • Professional Practice and Reflection 3 (EE3PPR)
  • Advanced Embedded Systems (EE3AES)

All stages are examined through a combination of examinations, coursework and practical assessments, alongside work-based practice and portfolio.

This degree apprenticeship shares many technical modules, as well as the assessment, with the on-campus BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering course. 

The first stage of the course consists of a 6-week on-campus introduction. This includes teaching in mathematics, computation problem solving, and analogue and digital electronics, with an emphasis on practical problem-solving. 

After the induction period, delivery combines work-based learning and on-campus teaching blocks, which allow for more specialist practical work. Study involves both individual and group project work, which can be tailored to the individual’s role within their employer’s company. It can also be carried out in the workplace. 

The taught component of the course provides knowledge of:

  • Electronics
  • Electronics principles
  • Embedded software
  • Design and development

It provides the basis for specialisation as a hardware, software or systems engineer involved with the design of integrated circuits through to complete systems. 

Vocational training and mentoring enables the apprentices to develop competencies and skills specific to their particular role and employer sector. 

The programme finishes with a major individual project enabling students to demonstrate their competence in embedded systems engineering. It relates the academic content of the degree programme to practical situations and provides an opportunity for the student to conduct individual research, or undertake a substantial design project relevant to their role and employer. 

Students wishing to join any of our Degree Apprenticeship programmes should either already be employed with one of our partner employers, or will need to find and apply for a relevant job vacancy. All our current vacancies are listed below and are updated on a regular basis, therefore please do keep checking back for new vacancies (if you are using Firefox the scroll option may not work, therefore please try loading this page again using Google Chrome or Internet Explorer).

As part of the application process you will have to complete and pass some assessments including a numerical reasoning test, apprentice test and mindset test. This is to ensure that you meet our basic entry requirements.

Reminder: Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK and not be in full-time education at the point that they enrol on the programme.

If you are already employed as an apprentice and would like to enrol on the course please discuss this with your employer and advise them to contact Aston University to discuss this further.

For more information, contact apprenticeships@aston.ac.uk 

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