Foundation Degree Electrical & Electronic Engineering (Awarded by University of Birmingham)

Engineers play a vital role in today’s society. They contribute to the design, development and manufacture of products that allow us to do things on a daily basis that we take for granted, from talking on your mobile phone to flying on holiday on a commercial aircraft. Our courses encompass a choice of pathways including Electrical & Electronic Engineering, and Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering. There is a range of content from subjects such as Engineering Design, Mechanical Principles & Applications and Engineering Maths to units such as Communication for Engineers, where you’ll learn how to communicate information to your peers and colleagues. Read about how our electrical engineering students won regional, national and best of the best competitions in 2019: Click here Our teaching and learning philosophy is “you can’t just read a text book and become a good engineer”. Engineering is a practical subject. We holistically develop your theoretical and practical skills in parallel so that wherever you progress to, you’re ready and have the skills for what lies ahead. You’ll be taught in a state of the art facility with modern equipment by an expert team of lecturers who collectively bring a wealth of industrial and research experience with them. You will have the opportunity to progress on to a degree at the University of Birmingham, within its School of Engineering. You will be taught by academics who are conducting research that is changing the way we live forever. Whilst at the University of Birmingham you will work alongside Mechanical and Civil Engineers to develop designs for technologies with impact in the world.
Duration:2 Year(s)
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About the course

The programme provides a progression route to Higher Education which supports the regional skills agenda, including widening participation and increased female participation in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The core academic disciplines are Electronic and Electrical Engineering (EEE) and Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering. These address a regional core skills gap, and will include development of quantitative, digital, knowledge transfer, wellbeing, personal development, problem solving, creativity, reflection and employability skills. The curriculum will include access to facilities across all partners, so that students are integrated into the study communities of all teaching partners; this is crucial to supporting the transition from South & City College to the University of Birmingham. The wrap-around provision from University of Birmingham (including academic and employability skills support, intervention workshops for mathematics skills, and online content) and the mathematics support resources from the University of Birmingham are key elements missing from existing progression pathways. The programme will provide a parallel path to the first two years of the traditional degree programmes at the University of Birmingham. The innovation here is the teaching and learning strategy, and wrap-around support will be geared towards the student cohort, with the longer terms at South & City College providing the opportunity to do this. Support for summer industrial placements will be built into the programme as “value-added” rather than credit bearing; the experience will connect to the project work through the academic years, for which the syllabus, learning objectives and assessment methods are professionally-focussed.

Year 1 compulsory modules:
• Transition Mathematics 20 credits
• Integrated Design Project 20 credits
• Engineering Mathematics 20 credits
• Electrical Engineering 20 credits
• Mechanics 20 credits
• Introduction to Computing for Engineer 10 credits
• Engineering Materials 10 credits Study skills support workshops (non-credit bearing) Year 2, common modules between both pathways:
• Integrated Design Project 20 credits
• Engineering Mathematics 20 credits
• Electrical Energy Systems and Control 20 credits
• Electronic Circuits, Devices and Electromagnetic 20 credits
• Digital Systems and Embedded Computing 20 credits Mechatronic Pathway:
• Mechanics 20 credits Or EEE Pathway:
• Multidisciplinary software Systems Engineering 10 credits
• Communications System 10 credits Year 3 – University of Birmingham:
• Electronic Engineering 20 credits
• Integrated Design Project 20 credits
• Individual Project 40 credits Example optional modules may include:
• Advanced Communications System 20 credits
• Power Electronics and Power System 20 credits
• The Internet of Things 20 credits
• Engineering Mathematics 20 credits

What do I need?

You must have GCSE maths and English at Grade 4 or above, or an equivalent Level 2 qualification and at least one of the following qualifications: Level 3 96 UCAS points e.g. BTEC National Extended Diploma with grades MMM from a linked subject such as engineering, applied Science and computing but GCSE mathematics is essential. Examples of appropriate qualifications are:
•A minimum of one full A Level in an appropriate subject, for example Science, Physics
• BTEC National Extended Diploma Engineering (Electrical , Electronic Engineering)
• An Advanced Level GNQ Engineering
• Access to Engineering Alternatively, if you have significant relevant work experience or other professional qualifications you may be eligible for the course. To find out more about UCAS points, please visit Click here

Where can I progress next?

You will continue your studies on to the final year of the BEng programme at the University of Birmingham. The School of Engineering has strong links with industry and graduates have gone on to work for companies such as Arup, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Jaguar Land Rover, National Grid and Wessex Water, just to name a few.

Foundation Degree Electrical & Electronic Engineering (Awarded by University of Birmingham)
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Foundation Degree Electrical & Electronic Engineering (Awarded by University of Birmingham)
Bournville Campus (Longbridge)
Start date:
17 September 2024
Study mode:
Full Time
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