Electrical Power Engineering FdEng

Study the Foundation degree in Electrical Power Engineering at Aston University to gain the specialist skills and knowledge that will give your career in the electricity industry a real boost–all alongside working and earning and wage.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Work-based degree

Course format

No placements

Duration

2 years

UCAS code(s)

n/a

Start date

Course outline and modules

The Foundation degree in Electrical Power Engineering at Aston is a degree-level course designed specifically for the electricity industry, enabling you to gain the specialist knowledge required to progress your career while working and earning a wage.

The Electrical Power Engineering FdEng course, delivered by Aston’s Professional Engineering Centre, is designed in collaboration with the major electricity companies, the Sector Skills Council and partner Further Education (FE) colleges, including Inverness College (University of Highlands and Islands).

The course has academic accreditation from the Institution of Engineers and Technology (IET),one of the world’s leading professional societies for engineers and technicians, so your qualification will be recognised globally as meeting the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

What you'll learn

The specific programmes in Electrical Power Engineering that are currently offered are:

  • Power System Management
  • Transmission
  • Distribution
  • Construction Management


The first year 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.

In the second year, you will develop these skills to a more advanced and specialised level with modules delivered by Aston University. You will also learn through work with your employer.

Real-world learning

Students spend most of their time doing a full-time job as well as studying for their degree part-time. Everything is structured to fit around the job and is designed in partnership with employers.

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.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the course 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
Tel: +44 (0)121 204 5394
Email: eas_apec@aston.ac.uk

Learning, teaching and assessment

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.

Modules

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.

These modules are examples only and subject to change, please check back for next year’s modules soon.

Course modules
  • 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)
Distribution
  • 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)
Transmission
  • 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)

Assessment

This programme is assessed by assignments, formal lectures, tutorial classes, work-based projects and examinations.

Fees and scholarship

Home/EU: £8,050

Outside EU for 2019/20: £13,900

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

More information on fees

Career prospects

After successfully completing the Foundation degree in Power Engineering, you will have the opportunity to fast-track onto either the BEng Professional Engineering (Power Systems) or the generic BEng Professional Engineering full honours degree courses, both taught by blended distance learning.

The Foundation degree in Power Engineering at Aston is an IEng accredited degree course, fulfilling the education requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer when presented with an IEng accredited Bachelor's degree.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is IEng accreditation important?

Engineering Foundation degrees at Aston are accredited by the Institution of Engineers and Technology (IET), fulfilling the education requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer when presented with an IEng accredited Bachelor's degree.

Why should I do a Foundation degree with Aston University?

Aston’s Foundation degrees are varied, flexible and accessible, with course content that is designed specifically for the industry they serve. They are delivered in collaboration with partner colleges and employers, so you will benefit from our close links with industry alongside expert teaching.

Why should employers work with Aston University?

Aston University has strong links with business, industry and the public sector, and we have developed work-based learning programmes with organisations such as National Grid, SSE, E-ON UK, Royal Mail, and BP. These courses can benefit all organisations and businesses from large multinationals to small local companies.

 

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