Electronic Engineering

Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons)

Degree Apprenticeship

Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer - Level 6

The Electronic Engineering course aims to provide graduates with a broad understanding of current technology and practice in electrical and electronic engineering, covering the relevant aspects of analogue electronics, digital electronics, power systems and power electronics, plus additional specialist areas according to the option modules studied.

The course is three years (BEng) in duration when studying full time, plus an extra year if an industrial placement is included. Satisfactory completion of an industrial placement leads to the award: BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering with Industrial Placement.

  • To provide a focused education at an academic level appropriate for the target awards: BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering BEng(Hons) Electronic Engineering with Placement, as well as the exit awards
  •  To meet the requirements for accreditation of the programme by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
  • To produce resourceful, competent, clear-thinking professional engineers with a range of skills and experience relevant to today’s engineering industry.
  • To equip graduates of the programme with knowledge, skills, experience, and understanding which underpin a professional career in engineering.

Benefits to the apprentice

  • Earn as you learn: full time employment while you study and no student debt as the degree is paid for by your employer
  • Accelerate your career
  • Develop into a professional role
  • Designed with flexibility to guide and shape your career

Benefits to the employers

  • Enhance your workforce, addressing any skills and knowledge gaps
  • Attract new high calibre talent, particularly in harder to fill roles
  • Develop staff throughout their career through continual professional development
  • Improve staff retention and loyalty by providing them with a job, professional development, professional accreditation, and a high quality degree

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What does the programme lead to

The role of the Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer is to apply their knowledge of electronics and of embedded software to the design of circuits or devices that provide a useful function, that are capable of being manufactured at a competitive cost, and that are reliable and safe in use. This involves the use of the engineer’s knowledge of electronics and electronic principles, married to an expertise in the end use of the final product. In electronics this end use can cover a wide spectrum. Examples of industrial sectors that rely heavily on Embedded Systems Design and Development Engineers include Aerospace, Automotive, Automation and Instrumentation, Robotics, Telecommunications, Information and Computer Technology, Defence, Energy (including renewables), Transport and Consumer Electronics.

The role provides the basis of learning with potential to specialise as a Hardware Engineer, Software engineer or Systems Engineer in these sectors and can extend from design of integrated circuits through to complete systems.  Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineers will spend their careers in these industries developing the next generations of products such as smartphones, electric vehicles, communications satellites, smart grids and bringing concepts such as smart cities into reality. For others, an initial grounding in design and development will prove an excellent launch pad for a career in applications engineering, product management, marketing or general management.

The Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer must be proficient in a wide range of skills, underpinned by academic understanding, to enable them to work across these sub-sectors and specialisms.  Apprentices will complete a Degree that will support the fundamental scientific and mathematical principles that equip them with the understanding required to operate effectively and efficiently at a high level within any of these sectors. This will be supported by vocational training to develop the required competencies specific to particular roles within the chosen sectors.

Professional qualifications

Completion of the Apprenticeship will be recognised by the relevant Professional Engineering Institutions.

UCLan works with employers to design and deliver degree apprenticeships and establishes the content and delivery of a programme according to their needs on an individual basis.

UCLan is committed to the principle of an apprenticeship being the development of an individual into a role of which the course is one component. What and how this is delivered is designed with the employer through the tailoring of delivery both mode and content.

Information for apprentices

LEVEL: Level 6
START DATE: September
DURATION: The Degree Apprenticeship is normally a 5 year programme followed by the end point assessment (certification of the completion of the apprenticeship) within 6-12 months.

FEES: Tuition Fees are paid by funding through the Employer and/or Government via the Apprenticeship Levy, meaning that you as the learner do not pay the standard tuition fee rates. Students on Degree Apprenticeships do not qualify for any funding from Student Finance.

How you can access the programme

Contact our course enquiries team on 01772 892400 or email cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk.

If you are already in a relevant job role, talk to your manager or your employer and share the programme information with them. They may be willing to support you through the Apprenticeship. Contact our Business Development team on 01772 895500 or email uclanapprenticeships@uclan.ac.uk for support.

Entry Requirements

Degree and Higher Apprenticeships have flexible entry requirements. We work closely with the employer and apprentice to consider previous qualifications and experience. This may also include consideration of year of entry.


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Course Content

Level 4

  • Engineering Analysis Mathematical underpinning for engineering applications to support further study in engineering and technology
  • Engineering Applications - Introduction to computer based analysis and data acquisition for processing in engineering applications
  • Electronics and Electronic Engineering Practice - Introduction of fundamentals of electronic devices and circuits, circuit analysis methods, use of ECAD software, basic fault finding and laboratory equipment use
  • Digital Electronics and Programmable Systems - Development and understanding of basic concepts applicable to digital systems and programmable systems such as microcontrollers

Level 5

  • Power Systems - Underpinning knowledge of power systems and driving these using power electronics
  • Electronic Systems - Circuit analysis & design with emphasis on processing and conversion of analogue signals
  • Digital Systems - Develop digital system design skills, in dedicated hardware and microcontroller based systems.
  • Electronic Systems - Applications Develop and apply skills in managing execution of small & group project work, in context of electronic system design
  • Software Development 2 Application of high-level and object orientated tools & techniques in engineering
  • Data Communications - Underlying principles of digital communications networks
  • Instrumentation and Control - Development of control systems using feedback for application in a wide variety of applications

Level 6

Stage 2.2

  • EL3250  Microcontroller Systems
    Design and implement a microcontroller system through the acquisition of skills in embedded software development and hardware interfacing.
  • EL3995  Project
    Undertake an individual project, meeting an engineering requirement, integrating relevant technical knowledge & skills
  • EL3996   Engineering Professionalism
    Appreciation of the social and environmental aspects of a career in engineering.
  • EL3243  Embedded Real Time Systems 
    Real-time & concurrent systems methodology. Theory & practice for design & use of embedded real-time systems.
  • EL3251  System on Programmable Chip Methods for specifying, designing and deploying a digital system on programmable integrated circuits (e.g. an FPGA).
  • EL3147  Digital Signal & Image Processing
    A Fundamental topics in the fields of DSP & DIP: acquisition, representation & analysis methods for signals & images, digital filter design, image manipulation & enhancement.
  • EL3813  Power Electronics and Applied Power Electronics 
    Continuation of power electronics and control of systems using this with direct applications
  • EL3800  Power Systems Operation and Control
    Topics relating to power generation and control of these. Generators, PV power systems etc
  • EL3300  Machine Intelligence
    Fundamental topics in the fields of machine intelligence and machine learning.
  • EL3425  Computer Aided Instrumentation
    Specify, select, apply and develop microcomputer-based systems for data acquisition and to control test equipment.

The discipline of electrical and electronic engineering encompasses a wide skills base and the emphasis of this course is placed on electrical and electronic system design rather than that of individual component devices. By concentrating on the principles fundamental to system level design, the course equips graduates with the knowledge, skills and confidence to thrive in the rapidly evolving field of electronic engineering, produce designs suitable for a variety of applications and the transferrable skills to find employment in a diverse set of industrial and commercial sectors.


All of our degree apprenticeships are day release (1 day per week). 

Learning Environment and Assessment

UCLan has an extensive array of learning resources both on and off campus. For those off campus there are many resources:

  • Electronic resources including e-journals and e-books
  • Search by Subject guides to help access journals and books, etc
  • Online access to other libraries and information services (perhaps closer to home) through local and national schemes such as Sconul Access.
  • Inter-Library Loans Service
  • Information Skills training programme
  • Access to IT help and advice from LIS Customer Support
  • The Remote Access services allow students to access their UCLan network account, the library's electronic resources and some core software applications from their own computer as if they were on-campus.

End Point Assessment

The Degree Apprenticeship programme includes an End Point Assessment (EPA) to check that students have met the Apprenticeship Standard competencies and are ready to join the profession with full occupational competence.

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Information for Employers

Apprenticeships allow the learner to combine work and study by mixing on-the-job training with classroom learning. An apprentice will be employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week at one of our UCLan campuses or training centres. By the end of their apprenticeship, they will have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in their chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level.

Apprentices in every role follow an approved study programme, which means they’ll gain a nationally recognised qualification at the end of their apprenticeship.

AWARD: BEng (Hons)
APPRENTICESHIP STANDARD: Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer - Read more
LEVEL: Level 6
FUNDING BAND: Maximum funding: £27,000
View more information on Levy and Non-levy paying organisations and eligibility.

Funding bands range from £1,500 to £27,000 and sets the maximum amount of digital funds an employer who pays the levy can use towards an individual apprenticeship.

How to access the programme

Contact our Business Development Team:
Telephone: 01772 895500, email: uclanapprenticeships@uclan.ac.uk

Further Information about Degree Apprenticeships

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Engineering
For more information, contact Business Development on 01772 895500 or email uclanapprenticeships@uclan.ac.uk


The Apprenticeship Standard along with the degree qualification forms the degree/higher apprenticeship programme. View the standard.

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry |
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

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