Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development BEng Degree Apprenticeship

Gain extensive knowledge of electronics, electronics principles and embedded software and a grounding in design and development. A degree apprenticeship for aspiring electrical and electronic engineers and the basis for specialisation as a hardware, software or systems engineer.

Start dates: September

Course type

Work-based degree (Hons)

Course format

No placements

Duration

4.5 years.

UCAS code(s)

n/a

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Overview
Why explore an Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Degree Apprenticeship at Aston University?

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Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development BEng Degree Apprenticeship
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Katie Bradbury testimonial

"Apprenticeships aren’t just about making tea and coffee. You’re given a real job with real responsibility right from the onset. I was lucky enough to meet the Prime Minister earlier this year to talk about apprenticeships and STEM subjects. I was also lucky enough to help with an event in Washington DC."

Katie Bradbury
Degree Apprentice, Microsoft

Course outline and modules

For students

You 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 the design of integrated circuits through to complete systems, depending on the needs of your organisation.

We offer degree apprenticeships in partnership with organisations such as Dstland Schneider Electric.

For employees

You 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 the design of integrated circuits through to complete systems, depending on the needs of your organisation.

We offer degree apprenticeships in partnership with organisations such as Dstl and Schneider Electric

For employers

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 the design of integrated circuits through to complete systems, depending on the needs of your organisation.

 

Who is this apprenticeship for?

If you are looking for a career in electronics engineering, with the opportunity for specialisation and the opportunity for a degree, practical experience and no student debt, this apprenticeship is for you.

Programme content

This course 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:

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Computational Problem Solving
  • Electronic Engineering Fundamentals
  • Data Acquisition and Control
Stage 2
  • Analogue and Power Electronics
  • Measurement, Automation and Data Processing
  • Digital Design
  • Signals and Systems
  • Internet of Things
  • Engineering Team Project.
Final Stage
  • Digital Systems Design
  • Digital Systems Architecture
  • Advanced Embedded Systems

 

Throughout the apprenticeship, learners will undertake sessions designed to develop their professional practice and encourage reflection on their personal development and effectiveness in the workplace.

The programme also includes a work-based project during the final stage that is tailored to their role within your organisation. This gives the apprentice the opportunity to showcase all the skills knowledge and behaviours they have gained throughout the apprenticeship.

Real-world learning

You will spend most of your time doing a full-time job as well as studying for your degree part-time through a combination of online seminars outside of office hours and occasional sessions on campus. Everything is structured to fit around your job and is designed in partnership with employers.

Entry requirements

You will need to apply for a degree apprenticeship role or already be employed in a job in England with responsibilities aligned with the degree content. Please see the how to apply section below for more information.

Entry requirements are set by the hiring business and not Aston University so they vary between organisations. Apprentices are selected based on their applications, an interview and an assessment process which is tailored to your apprenticeship position.

You will need:

  • Three A Levels (or equivalent) including 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.

*Please note:

  • Employers may specify their own entry criteria that can exceed this.
  • Candidates who do not have three A Levels at CCC may be considered on a case by case basis with aptitude and experience taken into consideration.

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.

How to apply

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.

Learning, teaching and assessment

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 introductory period is to provide you with the core knowledge and problem solving skills you need to become an effective team member in the workplace.

After the induction period, you'll learn 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.

Assessment

Apprentices will be assessed regularly during the programme through coursework, practical assessments, group projects, work-based practice and by developing a portfolio. 

The apprenticeship concludes with the end point assessment (EPA). The EPA gives the apprentices the opportunity to showcase their academic, personal and professional development achievements throughout the apprenticeship.

This consists of a review of the apprentice's final project and portfolio, followed by an interview with representatives from Aston University, the employer, and an independent assessor. After the interview, based both on the apprentice's performance and portfolio, the assessors consider what grade should be awarded for the apprenticeship – fail, pass, merit or distinction.

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

Fees and scholarships

You will not have to pay tuition fees as a degree apprentice as the costs are 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.

The funding band for this degree apprenticeship is £27,000. This is the full cost of your apprenticeship which will be paid for using your employer's apprenticeship levy.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Why study an Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development–Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship at Aston?

Aston’s great links with industry and experienced teaching staff will help you to develop the specialist professional skills alongside your practical work experience in order for you to excel your career.

Our Institution of Engineering and Technology accredited apprenticeship will equip you with 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 the design of integrated circuits through to complete systems, depending on the needs of the organisation you’re working for.

Graduate with experience, a formal degree qualification and no-debt, whilst propelling your future career within the electrical/electronics engineering sector with the basis for specialisation.

Why Aston University for an apprenticeship?

Aston University has been ranked 15th in a Top 50 list of the UK’s best apprenticeship training providers (RateMyApprenticeshipAwards, 2019).We also have a history of providing our students with skills that help them to excel in their chosen careers, as well as really value our network of employer links which inform and shape our courses and teaching.

Why Aston University for an apprenticeship?

At Aston we work really closely with our employer network, not only to ensure courses fit around the roles that apprentices have, but also to ensure the skills and knowledge they develop fit the needs of their organisation and add value to their business.

We are highly ranked in the UK for delivering the best apprenticeships (15th, RateMyApprenticeship Awards, 2019.) We also have a history of providing our students with skills that help them to excel in their chosen careers, as well as maintain good working relationships with employers.

 

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