BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Foundation Year

Course summary


Electrical and Electronic engineers influence the world we live in, from communications technology to electrical power distribution and healthcare technology. This course provides an integrated approach by combining academic rigour with engineering design applications, business skills and professional studies.

Demand for engineers is high, so combining technical knowledge with personal and professional skills gives you a great start to your career.

Why choose this course?

Every day an electrical device is being powered or being used to enhance the way we live our lives. The ever-growing demand for these devices requires the latest technology and presents a challenge to maintain and develop new technologies for an always changing world.

You will gain relevant practical skills using state-of-the-art technology to produce innovative solutions to a wide range of engineering problems. In your final year, you will choose specialist subjects to study, helping you define your career path. We will also encourage you to collaborate with an industry partner, helping to develop your professional skills and networks.

student-using-apparatusCareer and study progression

We will provide you with the knowledge and skills required for your chosen career path in electrical or electronic engineering.

You may also wish to undertake postgraduate study to specialise in a subject you’ve already studied, or to explore something new.

For more details please see the Career and study progression section.

How will the course be assessed?

Foundation year
0% written exam, 0% practical exam, 100% coursework

Year one
0% written exam, 0% practical exam, 100% coursework

Year two
70% written exam, 0% practical exam, 30% coursework

Year three
13% written exam, 0% practical exam, 87% coursework

Course detail

This course includes a foundation year to provide a solid basis for your studies. The foundation year has been designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge required to continue onto the BEng degree course. Throughout this year, you will benefit from full access to University facilities. You will study a range of subjects that underpin subsequent study throughout your degree, and will be encouraged to engage in a range of course activities.

There are practical laboratory sessions to complement the taught electrical and electronic theory. From day one, you will be developing electronic circuits from prototype design through to fully assembled PCBs.

You will also have practical laboratory sessions to complement the taught electrical and electronic theory. In the final year, you will select modules to help you develop your own specific engineering interests and chosen career path. When it comes to final year projects, you are encouraged to develop your own projects and, where possible, to engage in a project collaboration with an industry partner.

Foundation year (Level 3) modules

  • Academic Performance
  • Personalised Learning
  • Fundamentals of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Essential Technology
  • Analytical Mathematics
  • Applied Engineering Project. 

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Mathematics for Engineering 1
  • Electrical Theory 1
  • Engineering Applications
  • Engineering Software 1
  • Engineering Software 2
  • Engineering Science.

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Mathematics for Engineering 2
  • Electrical Theory 2
  • Analogue Electronics
  • Digital Electronics
  • Signal and Systems Analysis
  • Instrumentation and Measurements.

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Professional Studies
  • Sustainable Design
  • Development Project
  • Communication Systems
  • Analogue Systems (*optional)
  • Embedded Digital Signal Processing (*optional)
  • Signal and Systems (*optional)
  • Control Theory and Practice (*optional)
  • Power Systems (*optional).
* Option modules will run subject to staff availability and viable student numbers opting to take the module

Entry requirements

72 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications.

These can include:

• A Levels at grades B, C or D, D and D, or above
• BTEC Extended Diploma with Merit, Merit, Pass
• Access to HE Diploma

You also need GCSE English and Maths (grade 9 – 4 / A* - C) or Level 2 equivalents.

Mature applicants (aged 21+): If you do not hold the above qualifications but possess relevant work experience, you are invited to apply. Your application will be considered on an individual basis.

International entry criteria
International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 5.5 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses


Fees for home and EU students

Main fee

Fees for overseas students

Main fee
Find out if you are a home or overseas student.


Help with funding is available to a range of students, whether you are studying full or part-time, in your home country or overseas.

You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees or a maintenance loan to support you during your studies. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants, disabled students and more. Find out more about applying for student loans and other funding options.

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you. Scholarships in the 2017 - 18 academic year included:

  • Full Time Undergraduate Bursary: a £3,000 award for new undergraduate students.
  • Path to Success Scholarship: a £4,000 award for students on a four-year degree course with a foundation year. 

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility.

* Please note that scholarships and bursaries described in the video above were available at the time of filming in autumn 2017. Full details of scholarships for the 2018 - 19 academic year will be published shortly.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

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UK and EU students

Apply for this course at when UCAS applications are open, from the previous September until June (see dates). You will need our institution code W05 and the UCAS code given on the right hand side of this page.

If the UCAS deadline has passed, you can apply through Clearing by calling our hotline on 0800 036 8888 (or +44 8231 2468). Clearing takes place over the summer months (July to September).

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International students

Apply at or complete our application form for international students. We have an online application form or you can download the print version.

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

More about the application process for international students.

During the course

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Career and study progression

Popular careers for our graduates include:

  • Electronic engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Software engineer
  • EDA engineer
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Research and Development engineer.

Study progression

We have an extensive portfolio of Masters level courses, which provide excellent study progression routes.

See our computing and engineering courses page to view the full range of courses on offer by our School of Computing and Engineering.

Careers support
Our degrees are designed to help you find the career that’s right for you. 97% of our graduates are in work within 6 months of graduating.

With our desirable West London location, we have strong links with many national and multinational organisations such as the BBC, Hewlett-Packard (HP) Ltd, Middlesex Law society and the Savoy Education Trust. We have a strong track record of providing valuable work placements and we also provide hands-on experience at the University through our Student Ambassadors’ scheme.

Many of our staff have successful backgrounds in relevant industries and can advise you on how to kick-start your career. Our careers service will also help you realise your potential by offering specialist advice and guidance on a wide range of careers issues, including:

  • CVs
  • job hunting
  • recruitment and selection procedures
  • further study.

We are The Career University.