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University of Plymouth

Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: H613

Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon)

Entry requirements


32 to 48 UCAS points to include minimum 2 A Levels. Excluding General Studies

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Pass Access

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

Maths and English accepted within

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H5,H5,H5,H5,H5-H5,H5,H5,H6,H6


Maths and English accepted within

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MP

Considered in combination

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

PPP

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

M,M

Considered in combination

32 to 48 UCAS points to include minimum 2 Advanced Highers.

Considered in combination with Advanced Highers

UCAS Tariff

32-48

To include minimum 2 A Levels. Excluding General Studies

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

90%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

4years

Full-time including foundation year | 2019

Other options

5 years | Sandwich including foundation year | 2019

Subject

Electrical and electronic engineering

Develop a solid grounding in electronic and electrical engineering, and set yourself up for success. This new four year degree route (incorporating a foundation year) covers applied mathematics, physics and electronic engineering. Successful completion of the foundation year enables you to progress onto Year 1 of any of our electronic engineering or robotics degrees.

You will experience being part of the University from the start, taught on campus by University lecturers and using University laboratories in practical sessions. You’ll take advantage of one-to-one mathematics support during term with our SUM: UP scheme. You will progress towards becoming a Chartered Engineer with appropriate professional training and experience.

**Key features:**

- Benefit from outstanding teaching: in the 2017 National Student Survey 100% of our final year students said that “The course is intellectually stimulating”.

- Gain a solid base in mathematics, physics and the practical skills required for a degree in engineering.

- Develop an innovative engineering or robotics project. Examples of previous projects include building an FM frequency bug, a small robot with on-board computer, and an electronic synthesiser.

- Develop your skills as your degree continues with a variety of modules including analogue and digital electronics, microprocessors, electrical power systems and programming in the context of eco-focused embedded systems. We have a strong emphasis on both hardware design and software development.

- Draw on our strong industry links and benefit from industry participation in course development, delivery and project sponsorship.

- Develop highly practical skills and learn through doing.

- Immerse yourself in a degree accredited by the Institution for Engineering and Technology (IET) and meet the educational requirements for becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

- Benefit from free IET membership while you are on the course.

- Take advantage of our flexible course, allowing you to switch between electronics and robotics until your final year, as your interests develop.

- Advance with a course where our students are consistently recognised by industry as being both capable and well prepared for their careers. Our graduates regularly obtain placements and jobs at companies such as Allen & Heath, BAE Systems, Babcock Marine, GE Aviation, Jaguar Land Rover and Rolls-Royce.

- Take part in our final year student project open day, showcasing the excellence of the engineering skills development and the high levels of achievement of our undergraduates, with many industrially sponsored prizes awarded.

- Immerse yourself in hands-on laboratory sessions and a final year project module.

- Make use of our well-equipped undergraduate laboratory space, one of the largest undergraduate laboratories in the country.

- There is a possibility of transfer to BEng after the first year and MEng after the second year, subject to you demonstrating satisfactory progress.

- Progress towards becoming a Chartered Engineer with appropriate professional training and experience.

- Experience being part of the University from the start, taught on campus by University lecturers and using University laboratories in practical sessions.

- Take advantage of one-to-one mathematics support during term with our SUM:UP scheme.

- Discuss with your lecturers which degree to select towards the end of your first year of study.

- The foundation year is an integral part of the extended degree. Completion of the foundation year will not lead to a separate award or qualification its own right but will provide access to Year 1 of your degree.

Modules

Taught by University lecturers on campus, you’ll be part of Plymouth University from day one. You'll study six modules over the foundation year, including mathematical methods, applied mathematics (mechanics), physics and electronics. The year is geared towards helping you to progress onto one of our degrees in electronic engineering or robotics. You'll take about 17 taught hours per week, and put in at least the equivalent number of hours of independent study.

Core modules:

* Electronics
* Mathematical Methods
* Applied Mathematics
* Physics

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment methods

47% of assessment is by exam, 51% by coursework and 2% practical assessment

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

84%
high
Electrical and electronic engineering

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Electrical and electronic engineering

Teaching and learning

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
100%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

91%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
91%
Male students
9%
Female students
70%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Electrical and electronic engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£26,000
med
Average annual salary
91%
med
Employed or in further education
92%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

61%
Engineering professionals
11%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
7%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This is one of the more popular areas to study engineering and there is not quite such a serious shortage of electrical engineers as there is of other engineering subjects - but there's still plenty of demand. The most common jobs are in telecommunications, electrical and electronic engineering, but there is some crossover with the computing industry, so many graduates start work in IT and computing jobs. At the moment, there's a particular demand for electrical engineers in the electronics, and the car and aerospace industries, and also in defence, and salaries can vary across the country depending on the industry you start in. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to an MEng qualification — this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.

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