Undergraduate study
Engineering

Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer
Degree Apprenticeship

 
 

Course overview

This degree apprenticeship is suitable for you if you are in employment and your employer is willing to support your professional development as an embedded electronic systems design and development engineer.

Successful completion of this programme includes the award of BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Please seek guidance from your employer’s training manager if this is the right route for you and if your employer is prepared to support you.

Please refer to the embedded electronic systems design and development engineer degree apprenticeship standard for further information.If you are seeking to study part-time, financed by other means (self-funded or using a student loan) then please visit the course information page for BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering where you will find a link to an online application form for part-time study.

Professional accreditation

The BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

 

Course details

Achievement of the formal qualifications is part of a broader audit-based end-point employer endorsement with a rigorous interview/viva, which incorporates a detailed occupational development record and portfolio of evidence.

Course structure

HNC Electrical and Electronic Engineering by Flexible Open Learning

Year 1 and 2 core modules

Electrical and Electronic Principles

You learn the basics of electrical theory from first principles to the stage where you can solve complex circuits. You cover AC theory and the issues arising from this common type of electric power. Digital and analogue circuits will also be covered and the issues arising from each type of control. You begin with the basics of electricity and simple circuits, such as current, voltage and Kirchhoff’s Laws and describes different methods to solve more complex circuits. The sinusoidal AC circuit is introduced and the control of its waveform, including the use of phasors. The harmonics of output are considered and the use of filters to control the outputs is introduced. We provide the tools and knowledge to analyse and solve complex electrical circuits. Electronics is introduced with simple descriptions of fundamental electronic devices, such as diodes and transistors. It covers analogue circuits, especially the amplifier and goes on to use logic gates to create simple logical functions.

Electrical Machines

You study electrical machines and cover all the major machines: DC, induction, and synchronous, as well as some special machines including stepper and variable reluctance motors.

You also perform in-depth investigations into machine performance and operation characteristics, in both analytical and experimental methods, using laboratory setups and software packages (Pspice & Matlab) for the analysis of DC and AC machine performance during practical sessions.

Engineering Design

The aim of this module is to give you an opportunity to experience the process of carrying out a design project. It will enable you to appreciate that design involves synthesising parameters which will affect the design solution.

Engineering Maths

We help you develop the fundamental analytical knowledge and techniques needed to successfully complete the core modules of Higher National Engineering programmes. We provide you with the knowledge needed for further study of analytical methods and mathematics, required for more advanced option modules. You explore fundamental algebra, trigonometry, calculus, statistics and probability, for the analysis, modelling and solution of realistic engineering problems at Higher National level. On the HNC programme this is your first module.

Engineering Science

You investigate a number of mechanical and electrical scientific principles which underpin the design and operation of engineering systems. This is a broad-based module, covering both mechanical and electrical principles. You gain an overview which provides the basis for further study in specialist areas of engineering.

Managing a Professional Engineering Project (TUOLE)

We introduce you to the approach required to identify the best solution to a specified engineering need. You learn about some of the core tools and methodologies available to engineers to maximise their chances of bringing an engineering project to a successful conclusion; meeting the specification, on cost, on time and performed in an ecologically and ethically sound manner. We help you achieve this by guiding you through the management activities needed to deliver a major engineering project without any requirement for you to consider the details of the design solution itself; the analysis you undertake in this module will relate to the management of the project rather than the detail of the engineering design solution. While carrying out this activity, you also consider the duties and responsibilities of a professional engineer working in our society.

Microprocessor Systems

This module provides you with an understanding of microprocessor-based systems and their use in instrumentation, control and communication systems. You study the practical aspects of device selection, programming and the interfacing of external peripheral devices. The module also introduces you to the development cycle of specify, design, build, program, test and evaluate.  

Programmable Logic Controllers

This module investigates programmable logic controller (PLC) concepts and their applications in engineering. It focuses on the design characteristics and internal architecture of PLC systems, the signals which are used and the programming techniques. You produce and demonstrate a programme for a programmable logic device.

 

BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Year 3 core modules

DC Drives and Control

Industrial Communications

Integral Transforms and Matrices

You deepen your mathematical knowledge in key areas to use in a number of techniques to solve problems that arise in engineering domains. You develop competence in identifying the most appropriate method to solve a problem and its application.

You are introduced to the techniques and principles, and you are provided with problems that develop your competency in applying these techniques. You are shown how to implement numerical methods using software techniques.

 

Year 4 core modules

Analogue Circuit Analysis

This module introduces communications principles and communications systems, including signal analysis and noise.

You develop an understanding of communications principles and transmission systems. From studying a range of elementary methods such as analogue communications, transmission media and signal analysis, you gain a technical overview and an appreciation of the capabilities and limitations of communications principles.

Digital Electronics Design

In this group project module you work in teams to solve an industrially relevant digital electronics design problem. Through your project work you develop employability skills such as project management, work presentation, research and commercial awareness. You become more adept at technical problem solving.

You investigate digital electronics and are introduced to digital electronics design techniques, and their application to real problems.

Electrical Engineering

This module introduces electrical power systems, including balanced/unbalanced three-phase systems, transformers, and transmission lines.
Practical sessions involve the use of laboratory setups and software packages (Pspice & Matlab) for the analysis of power system component characteristics. Tutorials will involve guided exercises and practical tasks incorporating examples of current industry practice.

 

Year 5 core modules

AC Drives and Control

Electronics

To extend the depth of your understanding of analogue electronics, especially in the context of integrated circuits, this module covers the interaction of circuit segments (loading), temperature dependence and device variability, and how to robustly design around these problems.

You use the ‘library’ of common configurations to build larger circuits and to see how integration and component matching facilitates complex general and application-specific circuits, with examples drawn from the variety of analogue devices currently available.

Laboratories enable you to perform analysis, simulation and synthesis of relevant circuit configurations, both using components on Breadboard and by simulation in SPICE.

 

Year 6 core modules

Modelling Control for Power Electronic Devices

Power Systems

This module presents methods of power system analysis to give you a sound understanding of a broad range of topics related to power system engineering.

You study operation and design, and the economics of high voltage generation and transformation systems.

Frequency and voltage control, and transient schemes are covered for both normal and fault conditions.

Lectures offer explanations of principles and discussion of applications. Tutorials provide guided exercises. You take part in a series of practical classes designed to reinforce the theory you have learnt. You also take part in a series of practical sessions, utilising a range of electrical power systems, laboratory equipment and industry standard software to analyse power systems.

Project

This module extends the development of independent learning skills by allowing you to investigate an area of engineering or technology for an extended period.

You receive training in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and you produce a report or dissertation of the work covered. In addition, you give an oral presentation, a poster presentation or both. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project.

You develop key skills in research, knowledge application and creation through keynote lectures where appropriate and self-managed independent study. Support is provided through regular tutorial sessions.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

As an apprentice, you are entitled to an allocation of at least 20% of your normal work-time for academic study.

Typically, you study part-time on a day release basis, but your programme includes elements delivered using distance learning, blended learning and block-mode teaching methodologies. All programmes include work-based elements.

You attend a range of lectures, small-group tutorials and hands-on laboratory sessions.

The programme provides a number of contact teaching and assessment hours (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratory work, projects, examinations), but you are also expected to spend time on your own. This self-study time is to review lecture notes, prepare coursework assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments. Each unit of credit corresponds to ten hours of learning and assessment (contact hours plus self-study hours), so if, for example, you are required to complete 60 credits in one academic year, you can expect to spend at least 600 hours on your studies (guided learning and self-study).

How you are assessed

Your learning involves different types of assessment including coursework assignments and examinations.

Assessments include both formative and summative assignments. They test your subject knowledge, independent thought and skills acquisition, and provide you with information that will be useful to employers.

You are provided with programme and module guides containing comprehensive information about your assessments. Assessment schedules allow you to manage your time more effectively and prepare for submission.

There are also sites available for each programme and module on our virtual learning environment, e-learning@tees.

Your learning and personal development is supported through the core skills module and work-based modules.

In addition to the on-programme assessment, completion of the apprenticeship is be by end-point assessment which looks holistically at the knowledge, skills and behaviours developed to determine if the requirements of the standard have been met.

Please refer to the Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer degree apprenticeship assessment plan


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Entry requirements

How to apply

Please submit your expression of interest to
stem-apprenticeships@tees.ac.uk

We will discuss with you and your employer your eligibility and then send you a link to an online application form.

Entry requirements

Successful applicants will have GCSE mathematics and English at grade 4 (or equivalent), and must meet the minimum admissions criteria for their programme.

Admissions criteria

HNC Electrical and Electronic Engineering by Flexible Open Learning*

One of the following qualifications:

  • at least one A Level in an appropriate subject
  • BTEC National Certificate
  • BTEC National Diploma
  • BTEC Certificate
  • BTEC Diploma
  • BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Access to HE in Engineering

We will also consider other Level 3 equivalent UK or international qualifications. The qualifications must be in an appropriate engineering discipline and include a substantial content of mathematics.

A Level 3 bridging module, Foundation Mathematics for Engineers, is available for applicants who may require additional mathematics tuition prior to their enrolment on the HNC programme.

BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering

For admission with advanced standing you will be required to achieve a HNC Electrical and Electronic Engineering by Flexible Open Learning awarded with Merit or Distinction.

*Applicants qualified to BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) level from another provider may request direct entry with advanced standing on this degree. To enable us to determine your eligibility please provide a full detailed transcript of your previous HNC studies with your application.

Accredited prior learning
If you wish to claim credits from prior learning, we will help you through this process.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Career opportunities

Degree apprenticeships combine work with studying for a work-based higher-education-level qualification. You will therefore already be in employment.

You gain technical knowledge and practical experience by combining on-the-job training with flexible study towards a higher education qualification.

Benefits for employers and apprentices

  • increasing future productivity
  • keeping the business up-to-date with the latest knowledge and innovative practice
  • delivering on-the-job training to employees tailored to business needs
  • apprentices can tackle skills shortages by filling higher level skill gaps
  • develop and retain existing staff by offering support and a fresh perspective
  • improve career prospects of employees.

 
 

Full-time

  • Not available full-time
 

Part-time

From Sept 2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants:
£27,000
More details about our fees

  • Length: 4-6 years (4 years by direct entry for candidates qualified to HNC level)
  • Enrolment date: September
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