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Become a specialist in electronics and electrical systems after an initial foundation year

H606
4 years Full Time
Bognor Regis Campus

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Overview

Understand the key aspects of electronic and electrical engineering

Important

This option is for you if you are interested in BEng (Hons) Electronic and Electrical Engineering but do not meet the course entry requirements yet, or if you want more time to prepare for higher education.

This Foundation Year prepares you to transition to our other Engineering degrees and is not a standalone programme.

Our BEng (Hons) Electronic and Electrical Engineering with Integrated Foundation Year course provides you with the core aspects of electronic and electric engineering following an initial foundation year that prepares you for higher education study within an engineering context.

Build your knowledge and confidence with an initial foundation year

You will complete an extra year of study before starting your BEng to build your subject knowledge and develop your academic writing, reading and research skills.

Throughout this first year, you will develop your research, communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills and cover a range of topics including physics, mathematics, electronics and computing, and the practical application of these to engineering disciplines.

Learn the science behind electrical and electronic systems

Following your foundation year, you will begin to develop a strong level of knowledge and understanding of a wide range of electronic and electrical engineering systems and applications.

Study specialist areas including:

  • Circuit design and analysis
  • Digital systems
  • Signal processing
  • Communcation systems engineering
  • IoT software control and instrumentation
  • Power electronics
  • Electrical machines

Discover our specialist engineering laboratories

Our dedicated engineering teaching and practice spaces allow you to use first-class, industry-standard equipment throughout your studies, as you gain a professionally-relevant and engaging engineering learning experience.

Facilities include:

  • Dedicated teaching labs
  • Machine tool workshop
  • Project workshop
  • Compter-aided engineering suite

students working in engineering room

Develop the right skills to thrive within the industry

This course has been designed in partnership with local businesses to ensure you are ready for the industry when you graduate and you will complete multiple design-build-test challenges that test your theoretical engineering understanding and practical skills in line with current industry standards.

Apply your learning to practical projects

The University of Chichester is a member of the unique CDIO (Conceive – Design – Implement – Operate) worldwide initiative, which means our courses are designed to be practical and lab-focused from the beginning.

This ensures that you receive an engaging experience that encourages interdisciplinary teamworking to solve open-ended problems and develop your communication skills, which will help you stand-out in a competitive industry.

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On this course you will:

  • Build your academic confidence and abilities as you complete an initial foundation year before you continue onto your full degree.
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of electronic and electric engineering in line with industry requirements.
  • Learn in dedicated engineering labs and use first-class equipment.
  • Develop the skills and knowledge required to succeed in a rapid-evolving industry.
  • Explore industrial work placement opportunities.
  • Apply your theoretical learning and planning through practical, collaborative projects.

The Course

Gain a comprehensive understanding of electronic and electrical engineering

Rowan

Engineering student
The engineering course has been a welcome challenge. With learning support in all the right places, and a great practical-theory balance, the lecturers have built a deeply satisfying experience.

Year One (Integrated Foundation Year)

Your first year is your foundation year and provides you with a base level of information that you will build upon over the rest of your studies.

You will study a broad array of content as you explore fundamental science, mathematics, electronics, computing, design, report writing, and communication skills.

Year Two

In your second year, you will explore the key fundamentals of electronic and electrical engineering, as well as computer aided engineering, mathematical principles, and mechanical applications.

Year Three

Your third year builds on your previous learning to explore more specialised elements of electronic and electrical engineering including power systems, electronic machines, and digital design.

Year Four

In your fourth year, you will work as part of group to undertake a final engineering project that will act as a culmination of your studies.

Alongside this, you will explore industrially-relevant elements such as renewability and sustainability, as well as understand basic business concepts within a engineering contexts.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

Communication & Study Skills

This module prepares you for full participation and engagement in engineering studies, by equipping the students with effective and efficient communication and study skills and practical exercise to apply these skills to engineering studies. You are provided relevant skills to be progress to the BEng courses.

Electrical Foundations

The module aims to provide you with the grounding fundamentals in electricity that are required for further study in engineering and/or science. the module also provides you with an overview of electrical engineering in general.

Engineering Laboratory

The module aims to develop your basic laboratory and analytical techniques and develop your mathematical, statistical and IT skills. You will practise recording laboratory data and maintaining a lab-book. You are encouraged to think independently, analytically and creatively in order to interpret laboratory data and understand them in light of available literature. You will be communicating their findings effectively in developing electronic laboratory reports.

Foundation Year Engineering Projects

The module focuses upon the practical application of science and mathematics to develop engineering solutions. It is based on the problem based engineering philosophy where teams of 3-6 students are challenged by a typical engineering problem that requires both theoretical and practical skills to solve. the latter is crucial to gain the skills and knowledge required to manage practical engineering projects and laboratory work at degree level in the future.

Mathematical Foundations

This module will give you the necessary mathematics skills to start your BEng. degree. This module assumes little or no experience in applied mathematics at level 3 (A level, BTech) and is essential so you can study other modules in the foundation year. You will be assessed through a MATLAB assessment and a written exam. You will cover topics including equations, inequalities and basic rules of algebra, geometry (2D and 3D) and introductions to vectors, matrices and probability.

Computer Aided Engineering I

This module provides a basic introduction to several software packages used in BEng degrees. You will gain a basic competency in using these software packages. This module also stresses the importance that computer-aided engineering (CAE) plays in modern engineering practice.

Electrical Principles

The module will provide you with the fundamentals, tools and techniques required for DC and AC circuit analysis. You will be introduced to the fundamental properties of electromagnetic fields and their application in engineering context.

Engineering Laboratory 1

This module develops your basic laboratory and analytical techniques of students and develop their mathematical, statistical and IT skills. You will practise recording laboratory data and maintaining a lab-book. You will encouraged to think independently, analytically and creatively in order to interpret laboratory data and understand them in light of available literature.

Engineering Projects

This year-long module is an opportunity to work within a group on a defined project offered by departmental staff. You will develop your research, planning and practical skills, from inception to completion, and develop skills in appraising your results to identify solutions supported by relevant theory and literature.

Mathematical Principles I

This introductory module provides a mathematical foundation for Engineering students. This module assumes some experience in applied mathematics at level 3 (A level, BTEC) and is essential for studying other modules in electrical and mechanical engineering.

Mechanical Principles

In this module you will explore statics, dynamics thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. You will gain a wide understanding of the basic principles of mechanical engineering.

Analogue and Digital Design

This module introduces the tools and techniques you will use to analyse and design analogue circuits and digital systems.

Control and Instrumentation

This module will introduce you to the important fields of instrumentation, sensing and control design for electromechanical systems. You will then be able to select a suitable transducer and associated system for a given measurement application and to consider possible alternative solutions and demonstrate a thorough understanding of feedback control system principles.

Engineering Laboratory (Electrical)

This module builds on your studies in the previous Engineering Laboratory module and develops your laboratory and analytical skills as well as your mathematical, statistical and presentation abilities. You will record laboratory data and maintain a lab-book. You will be encouraged to think independently, analytically and creatively to interpret laboratory data and understand how it can be used by comparison with theory and other analytical methods. You will communicate your findings effectively in developing electronic laboratory reports.

Engineering Projects

This year-long module is an opportunity to work within a group on a defined project offered by departmental staff. You will develop your research, planning and practical skills, from inception to completion, and develop skills in appraising your results to identify solutions supported by relevant theory and literature.

Mathematical Principles Ii

This module builds on your studies in Mathematical Principles I and is essential for studying other modules in both electrical and mechanical engineering.

Power Systems & Electrical Machines

This module will introduce you to the fundamental semiconductor devices, their operation and characteristics, and their applications in power electronic converters and how these are used in electrical energy conversion. You will also discover the basic types of electrical machines and how they are used to convert electrical energy into mechanical energy and vice versa.

Business for Engineers

This module will give you a basic grounding in business so that you can appreciate the importance of business in engineering and have the business knowledge necessary to set-up and run a Ltd. business.

Communication Systems

This module will introduce you communications systems and takes a wide-ranging approach while focusing on the core theoretical concepts required by all communications systems.

Control Engineering

This module will give you a thorough understanding of the principles of a closed-loop control system. the module will also provide a framework within which you can carry out tasks such as state -space modelling, control performance analysis, controller design and synthesis, with applications to Electrical, Mechanical and Mechatronics systems.

Individual Engineering Projects

This module is an opportunity to work a group on a defined project offered by departmental staff. You will develop your research, planning and practical skills, from inception to completion, and develop skills in appraising your results to identify solutions supported by relevant theory and literature. You will document a detailed project plan and present your work practically, visually and through presentation. You will also get the opportunity to develop your skills in time management, constructing and documenting a detailed project plan and presenting and defending your work visually and orally.

Renewable Energy & Sustainability

This module will introduce you to the fundamental operating principles of commonly adopted renewable energy sources and the economic and ecological impact of these different generation types. You will cover electrified transportation and explore the technologies for future ‘smart grid’ power networks.

Teaching and Assessment

Feel the support of our expert and experienced staff

Teaching

The course is delivered through seminars, workshops, tutorials, computer labs, physical labs, and project practical time. You will spend about 50% of your time in seminars and tutorials and the remaining 50% in labs or completing project work.

In addition to scheduled learning activities, you will need to complete independent study outside of class hours.

Smaller class sizes to help your development

Our commitment to smaller class sizes allows you to feel more confident to discuss your ideas in a supportive environment and allows your tutors get to know you and how best to aid your development.

Assessments

You will be assessed through a range of assignments, including:

  • Coursework
  • Written exams
  • Lab and practical work
  • Project work
  • Presentations
  • Online tests

Facilities

Learn in our state-of-the-art Tech Park building

Discover our £35 million Tech Park

Our Bognor Regis Campus boasts the £35m Tech Park and brings together science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics courses on one state-of-the-art site.

Facilities include:

  • Dedicated engineering workshop and teaching spaces
  • Electronic and mechanics laboratories
  • Machining centre
  • Renewable labs
  • Power electronics and automation lab
  • Electrical machines lab
  • Digital electronics lab

Work Placements

Prepare for your career with practical placements

You can apply for a year-long industrial placement during your degree.

As well as giving you the opportunity to put your studies into practice and use the skills you develop on your course, undertaking a placement helps to improve your CV and show employers that you’ve already completed work in industry when you graduate.

Placements years usually take place between your third and fourth year of study. You will spend one year working with a company in industry before returning to the University to complete your final year. This effectively extends your studies by one year.

The placement will be a paid position, with pay at or above the National Minimum Wage.

Placement years are competitive. We will support you in finding and applying for a suitable placement, but we are unable to guarantee placements.

Study Abroad

Explore the opportunity to study part of your course abroad

As a student at the University of Chichester, you can explore opportunities to study abroad during your studies as you enrich and broaden your educational experiences.

Students who have undertaken this in the past have found it to be an amazing experience to broaden their horizons, a great opportunity to meet new people, undertake further travelling and to immerse themselves within a new culture.

You will be fully supported throughout the process to help find the right destination institution for you and your course. We can take you through everything that you will need to consider, from visas to financial support, to help ensure that you can get the best out of your time studying abroad.

Careers

Gain the right skills to help you thrive within the industry

The demand for electrical engineers continues to grow year-on-year and you will have the knowledge and skills required to succeed in a competitive and rewarding industry.

In addition, you will develop analytical, technical, communication and collaboration skills, which are all highly transferable and required by a wide range of employers and industries.

You could work in: 

  • Electronics
  • ICT
  • Automotive industry
  • Manufacturing
  • Electrical power
  • Finance
  • Transportation
  • Construction
  • Utilities

Many electronics companies also have research and development departments where electronic and electrical engineering graduates can work on developing next generation technologies.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2023/24

UK fee
£9,250
International fee
£15,240

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Entry Requirements

Typical offer (individual offers may vary):

UCAS
32
Tariff Points
GCSE
C or above
in English and Mathematics

You will sign up to a full degree course at the same time as the integrated foundation year.

If you do not meet these entry requirements yet you could still be offered a place subject to a satisfactory interview.

FAQs

Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?

Click the ‘Apply now’ button to go to relevant UCAS page.

What are UCAS tariff points?

Many qualifications have a UCAS Tariff value. The score depends on the qualification, and the grade you achieved.

How do I know what my UCAS tariff points are?

Head to the UCAS Tariff Points web page where you can find a tariff points calculator that can tell you how much your qualification and grades are worth.

When does this course start?

This course starts in September 2022.

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