Electronic Engineering - Foundation/BEng - Foundation

UCAS Code:
H677
Attendance:
Full Time (4 years), Sandwich (5 years)
Starting:
September 2018
Campus:

Do you want to work at the forefront of industry? Our BEng / MEng Electronic Engineering course will encourage and support you to achieve this. You’ll gain a broad range of skills, helping you to become a rounded engineer with the attributes required by industry.

What's covered in the course?

All of our BEng (Hons) undergraduate programmes can be studied over an extended full-time duration of four years by including a Foundation Certificate (year one of four). The Foundation Certificate provides a broad study programme that underpins the follow-on degree. In order to progress to the next year of the degree, it is necessary to achieve a pass in all of the modules of the Foundation Certificate.

You will gain an understanding of the social, commercial, legal, ethical, economic and environmental factors associated with engineering, as well as comprehensive knowledge of the science and mathematics associated with the discipline.

You will also develop the key transferrable skills that modern employers require, such as problem solving, project planning, presentation and communication. Our competitions, such as the annual Global Game Jam, will give you the chance to not only help run an acclaimed event, but also build and design your own creations, giving you invaluable experience.

Our engineering courses use the Create Design Implement Operate (CDIO) teaching framework, giving you lots of opportunity to work in teams on projects from design to implementation. This will give you practical experience of applying engineering science to real world problems, working in multidisciplinary teams to develop your interpersonal skills, and prepare you for a key aspect of modern engineering practice.

We offer you the option of a placement during your course, either through a summer internship or year-long sandwich placement, which will provide you with the real-life skills and experience you’ll need to stand out from the crowd upon graduation. This has helped former graduates progress into roles with companies such as Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover and Wilmott Dixon.

Why Choose Us?

  • The average starting salary of a School of Engineering and the Built Environment graduate is £23,000 (DLHE 2014/15).
  • You’ll use our state-of-the-art technology and resources, including rapid prototyping, laser-cutting and CNC machining, as well as suites of open-access PCs.
  • You have the option to conduct an industrial placement year, gaining valuable work experience.
  • Our hosting of both national and international events, including Global Game Jam and TechFest, enables you to build and design your own creations, as well as gain vital organisational experience.
  • We are ideally located at the University’s flagship City Centre Campus, based in the cutting-edge facility Millennium Point.
  • In 2017, we are spending £6.5 million on improvements to our Millennium Point facilities so you’ll have even more access to dedicated, industry-standard equipment.

This course is open to International students

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Accreditations:

Accreditations shall be renewed in accordance with the accreditor’s standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

This course is accredited by:

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students
Essential

At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be accepted.

80 UCAS tariff points from A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2018/19
GCE A Level/ AS Level 80 UCAS tariff points from A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels 

with at least one from a Science, Technology, Mathematics or Computing subject at A Level or equivalent.

Access to Higher Education Diploma In Engineering - Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2, including with a minimum of 12 credits at Merit or Distinction.
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) D*D or combined with other level 3 qualifications.
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years)

Computing/Engineering preferred. Pass, Merit, Merit.

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications. Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical to a total of 80 points minimum.
International Baccalaureate Diploma

24 points: a total of 10 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level)

AND
English Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR
English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5

Irish Leaving Certificate Passes in six subjects at the higher grade including mathematics.
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher Passes in five subjects at the higher grade including mathematics.
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical to a total of 80 points minimum.
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
EU/International students
Essential
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2018/19
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses).

24 points: a total of 10 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level)

AND
English Group A - Grade 4 or above, 
OR
English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5

Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.

International Students

Entry requirements here

From A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Foundation Sep 2018 FT 4 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 5 years £9,250 per year (excluding sandwich year) Apply via UCAS

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Foundation Sep 2018 FT 4 years £12,000 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements). If your course includes a residential study session, the accommodation costs for this are already included in your course fee.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

Sorry, this course is not available part-time

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Foundation Year

Mathematics for Engineering I
20 credits

Mathematics plays a key role in establishing and grounding the professional skills of an engineer. This module aims to help you become proficient at developing engineering models and arguments, and following them through to their logical conclusions.

You will develop your ability to both work on and communicate engineering facts to a wider audience, at a professional standard, interpreting arguments to and from the mathematical language.

The module also enables you to learn and develop key, transferable skills which are essential components for use in other modules on the course and beyond. 

Mathematics for Engineering II
20 credits

Mathematics plays a key role in establishing and grounding the professional skills of an engineer. This module aims to help you become proficient at developing engineering models and arguments, and following them through to their logical conclusions.

You will further develop your ability to both work on and communicate engineering truths to a wider audience, at a professional standard, interpreting arguments to and from the mathematical language.

The module also enables you to learn and develop key, transferable skills which are essential components for use in other modules on the course and beyond. 

Practical Skills I
20 credits

This module aims to provide you with the practical and professional skills you need to progress to the second Practical Skills module, and then onto the first year of an engineering degree. It complements the theoretical and mathematical skills you learn elsewhere on the course.

The subject material will be delivered in three streams – one containing predominantly mechanical and electrical laboratory exercises; a PC-based stream including the use of software to support project planning, communication and analysis; and a project space to integrate your learning from across all elements of the semester.

It is anticipated that the module will be delivered as three two-hour sessions, and will include a very small group tutorial session where you will meet with your tutor in a group of 5-10 students.  

Practical Skills II
20 credits

This module aims to provide the practical and professional skills you need to progress to the first year of an engineering degree. It complements the theoretical and mathematical skills you learn elsewhere on the course.

The subject material will be delivered in three streams – one containing predominantly mechanical and electrical laboratory exercises; a PC-based stream including the use of software to support project planning, communication and analysis; and a project space to integrate your learning from across all elements of the semester.

It is anticipated that the module will be delivered as three two-hour sessions, and will include a very small group tutorial session where you will meet with your tutor in a group of 5-10 students.  

Engineering Science I
20 credits

This module aims to give you the knowledge and problem-solving skills that you need to progress to the next science module, and then onto the first year of an engineering degree.  

The subject material will be delivered in two streams – one focusing on mechanical science and the other on electrical science. Each will be delivered as a one-hour lecture followed by a one-hour small group tutorial, giving four hours’ contact per week.

What you learn here will complement what you learn elsewhere in the foundation year, as it relies on knowledge of mathematical techniques developed in the mathematics theme and will provide you with the theoretical underpinning essential for the experimental activities you will be undertaking in the practical theme.

Engineering Science II
20 credits

The module aims to further develop your knowledge and problem-solving skills, to enable you to progress to the first year of an engineering degree. It contains the material normally encountered in an A Level physics course which is relevant for entry to an engineering degree. 

The subject material will be delivered in two streams – one focusing on mechanical science and the other on electrical science. Each will be delivered as a one-hour lecture followed by a one-hour small group tutorial, giving four hours’ contact per week.

You will use the mathematical techniques developed in other modules and gain the theoretical underpinning essential for the experimental activities you will be undertaking in the practical theme.

Year One

Mathematics and Professional Skills
20 credits

Mathematics plays a key role in establishing and grounding the design skills of an engineer, and the ability to communicate the ideas of engineering as expected of engineering graduates.

This module aims to enable you to become proficient at developing and presenting engineering models and arguments, and following them through to their logical conclusion.

This module will develop your ability to both work on and communicate engineering truths to a wider audience, at a professional standard. 

Engineering Principles I
20 credits

The module aims to provide the underpinning knowledge and problem-solving skills in engineering science to help you progress to the next Engineering Principles module, and then onto the second year.

The subject material will be delivered in two streams – one focusing on mechanical science and the other on electrical science. Each will be delivered as a one-hour lecture followed by a one-hour small group tutorial, giving four hours’ contact.

What you learn here will complement what you learn elsewhere in the first year, as it relies on knowledge of mathematical techniques developed in the mathematics theme and will provide you with the theoretical underpinning essential for the experimental activities you will be undertaking in the practical theme.

Engineering Principles II
20 credits

The module aims to provide the knowledge and problem-solving skills in engineering science to help you progress to the second year of your degree. 

The subject material will be delivered in two streams – one focusing on mechanical science and the other on electrical science. Each will be delivered as a one-hour lecture followed by a one-hour small group tutorial, giving four hours’ contact.

What you learn here will complement what you learn elsewhere in the first year, as it relies on knowledge of mathematical techniques developed in the mathematics theme and will provide you with the theoretical underpinning essential for the experimental activities you will be undertaking in the practical theme.

Integrated Engineering Project
20 credits

The module aims to provide the practical and professional skills to enable you to progress on to the second year of an engineering degree.  As the theoretical aspects of physical science and maths are delivered in other themes of the first year, the Integrated Engineering Project will concentrate on developing your practical skills.

The subject material will be delivered in three streams – one containing predominantly mechanical and electrical laboratory exercises; a PC-based stream including the use of software to support project planning, communication and analysis; and a project space to integrate your learning from across all elements of the semester.

It is anticipated that the module will be delivered as three three-hour sessions, and will include a very small group tutorial session where you will meet with your tutors in groups of 5–10 students.  

Mathematics and Design
20 credits

Mathematics plays a key role in establishing and grounding the design skills of an engineer, and the ability to communicate the ideas of engineering as expected of engineering graduates.

This module aims to enable you to become proficient at developing the design process, from concept to failure modes effects analysis, via numerical data sets. Application of these data sets has to include their interpretation both to and from the mathematical language. 

This module will develop your ability to both work on and communicate engineering realities to a wider audience, at a professional standard. 

Engineering Practice
20 credits

The module concentrates on practical skills to complement the theory and mathematics you learn elsewhere, allowing you to progress to other modules and then onto the second year.

You will develop practical professional engineering skills, including skills required for conceiving, designing, implementing and operating engineering solutions.

The subject material will be delivered in three streams – one containing predominantly mechanical and electrical laboratory exercises; a PC-based stream including the use of software to support project planning, communication and analysis; and a project space to integrate your learning from across all elements of the semester.

It is anticipated that the module will be delivered as three two-hour sessions, and will include a very small group tutorial session where you will meet with your tutor in a group of 5-10 students.

Year Two

Mathematics for Signals and Systems
20 credits

Information is the basic thread of life and signals are the medium by which information is passed. This module will focus on classifying and mathematical modelling of signals and systems in the context of electrical and biomedical engineering.

During the module, analytical techniques will be used to transform signals from one domain to another and vice versa. While mathematical techniques will be manipulated and used, it will be contextualised for actual system hardware.

At the end of this module you will be able to determine a systems response, be able to appreciate the digital filters and their applications in electronics and Biomedical engineering.    

Analogue and Digital Electronics
20 credits

This module introduces you to the fundamentals of analogue and digital electronics using a circuit approach. It has been designed to give you a usable level of electronics theory to demonstrate key concepts.  

Engineering Electronic Systems
20 credits

This module will introduce you to schematic capture and printed circuit board design (PCB) tools and techniques, PCB manufacture, 3D mechanical design and 3D printing for rapid prototyping. 

The use of electronic computer-aided design tools (ECAD) is implicit in current electronic product design for device modelling, circuit design and simulation, and printed circuit-board design to meet a range of constraints including EMC, EMI, low-noise, high-power, mixed-signal, device package and mounting types and styles.

The use of 3D visualisation and modelling using engineering computer-aided design tools is also an integral part of electronic product design, as practical electronic engineering must meet physical and mechanical requirements. 

Leading Engineering Endeavour
20 credits

This project will be run as an intensive week-long activity. An interdisciplinary module, you will work with students from all fields of engineering to develop skills in engineering leadership and experience creating a purposeful vision and delivering on that vision.

This will set the professional skills for business in context by combining your technical course-specific knowledge with professional skills.  It is proposed that the vehicle to deliver this will be the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, with the best teams entering the contest.

Delivery will include guest lectures, inviting industrial leaders, and a series of mini-lectures to cover key content, including Internationalisation. Each session will concentrate on group working to use and develop skills.

Microcontroller System Design and Programming
20 credits

The development of knowledge in analogue and digital electronics, real-time embedded systems and programming, and robotics and control is specified in the aims of the programme. Microcontroller System Design and Programming is an introduction to programming in the C language, and to hardware and software tools and techniques for embedded systems design with microcontrollers. 

Electronics Project
20 credits

This module aims to integrate skills and knowledge gained from your course into one practical project. The endpoint of this project will be a wheeled robot capable of competing in a robotic competition, with the intention of you entering national or international contests.

You will use the skills gained in the Engineering Electronic Systems and Electronics modules to design, build and test a sensor printed circuit board.

You will construct and test an embedded controller board, debugging it using point-to-point continuity checks, signal checks using multimeter and oscilloscope, and writing test routines to fully prove functionality. This will be mounted with the sensor board on a robotic chassis of which you will design in a 3D solid modelling package and produce via rapid prototyping. 

Year Three

Digital Filters and Spectral Analysis
20 credits

Digital filters have numerous advantages compared to analogue filters. These filters are implemented using hardware and firmware compared to analogue filters which are implemented solely on hardware. By the end of this module you will be able to analyse the magnitude and phase responses of filters. While this module is rich in analytical techniques and concepts, it will be contextualised at all times for practical hardware examples.   

Embedded Systems and Control
20 credits

The aim of this module is to develop knowledge of embedded systems, so that on completion you are able to specify, design, implement and test microprocessor-based hardware and software for real-time applications.

You will gain in-depth practical experience of designing and building real-time embedded systems, from both hardware and software perspectives.  The module has been designed to provide a high level of practical embedded systems knowledge which, when combined with the digital and analogue electronics knowledge gained from underpinning and parallel modules, will produce graduate electronic engineers capable of having an immediate impact in the industry. 

Communications System and Networks
20 credits

The module provides you with an understanding and knowledge of the principles and applications of telecommunications and information networks. It focuses on case studies of particular applications in wired and wireless communications systems and in high speed networking.

You will gain the knowledge you need to understand modern communication systems and the functions of the Internet. In addition, you will acquire related analytical skills that can be applied in designing modern communication systems and information networks.

You will be introduced to three important processing stages of modern communication systems which are: transmission structure for quality of robust transmission; wireless communication for efficient modulation of signal transmission; and telecommunication networks architectures for providing comprehensive knowledge of different architectural and technical aspects of current and future interworking techniques. 

High Frequency and Power Electronics
20 credits

This module provides an introduction to the principles of high frequency electronics to familiarise you with the theory and application of analogue building blocks for high-frequency applications. It will enable you to gain an in-depth understanding of power electronic devices and analysing power electronic circuits. 

Individual Honours Project
40 credits

This module enables you to undertake a sustained, in-depth and research-informed project exploring an area of personal interest to you. In agreement with your supervisor, you will decide on your topic, which will take the form of a practical outcome (artefact) with accompanying contextual material.

Your topic must be aligned to the programme you are studying, and you should consider the relevance of this topic to your future academic or professional development.

At this level, you will be expected to work independently but you will receive additional one-to-one support from your supervisor, who will be familiar with your chosen topic area. As you progress on the module, extra support will be available and this may take the form of group seminars, workshops and online materials that will help to develop your project.  

We will shape and enhance your knowledge through formal lectures, tutor-led seminars and practical activities, as well as a range of independent learning activities. The latter includes an element of peer review, in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the learning.

Technology-enhanced learning is also used, through online resources, discussion forums and other activities, and a range of case studies and problem-based learning scenarios are implemented to sharpen your skills.

A range of assessment methods are employed with associated assessment criteria. You’ll be assessed through formal and summative methods, including coursework, examinations, presentations, practical assignments, vivas, online tests and project work.

In your final year, you will conduct an individual project, where you will hone and enhance your organisational, research and time management skills.

Attendance requirements

There are 30 attendance weeks in each academic year.

A typical week on this course will include 12-15 hours per week of contact time over four days, plus self study time.

This course is accredited by:

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) - full IEng

The course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, ensuring it remains fresh and relevant, as well as boasting the best industry contacts.

International opportunities

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

We will provide you with the attributes you need to be successful in employment. Upon graduating, you’ll be able to demonstrate professionalism at all levels, as well as being a creative problem solver with innovative ideas, a global outlook and an open-minded, diverse personality.

Birmingham City University also has the Graduate+ scheme, an extracurricular programme which has been designed to hone the subject-based skills you develop throughout the programme alongside broader employability skills. You’ll develop skills in CV writing, presentations, a portfolio and more.

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Placements

You have the option to conduct an industrial placement year, gaining valuable work experience in a real-life company. You’ll be supported by a placement officer, who will assist you in finding a placement and applying for the position.

Thanks to our excellent partnerships and working relationships with some of the UK’s leading companies, our students have previously worked with General Electric, UTC Aerospace and Bosch.

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

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International students

Our Electronic Engineering courses recruit a diverse range of students, both from home and abroad. In the past, we have had students from Italy, China, India, Vietnam and Nigeria (among others), demonstrating the diversity of our cohorts and creating a rich, eclectic learning experience.

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

Here at Birmingham City University, the School of Computing and Digital Technology is equipped with a multitude of professional, dedicated equipment. With world-class facilities including: two film and television studios, four multi-track recording studios, post-production facilities, and several hundred multimedia stations.

We have cutting edge facilities available to support the course and research that goes on in the School, including the purpose-built Media Centre at The Parkside Building, DMT Lab and Cisco Academy at Millennium Point and Recording studios and concert halls at Birmingham Conservatoire. We also have several PC and Apple Mac computing suites with the latest industry standard applications and tools for audio, video and multimedia application development and content creation.

As a student of the School of Computing and Digital Technology you will be able to take advantage of a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art technology and equipment to prepare you for working within industry. Our four fully digital, interconnected TV studios can be used within a variety of contexts, including audio-recording. Alongside this with have several broadcast-standard edit and dubbing suites.

As the programme is taught in partnership with the Birmingham Conservatoire you will have access to a wide-range of musical facilities including six studios, a Recital Hall and the 520-seat auditorium Adrian Boult Hall. We have a range of studios, mix rooms, recording spaces and a vast range of recording equipment ready for you to use.

Film and television

You will have access to four fully digital, interconnected TV studios, along with broadcast-standard edit and dubbing suites.

Multimedia

An Apple Mac sound lab, electronics and fully equipped multimedia labs are all part of the technology and multimedia experience on offer.

Birmingham Conservatoire

Facilities and partner venues at the Conservatoire including six studios, a Recital Hall and the 520-seat auditorium Adrian Boult Hall.

Sound and music

Discover the full range of studios, mix rooms, recording spaces and a vast range of recording equipment.

Jagjit Sehra

Programme Leader/Lecturer

Programme Leader for BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering and BEng (Hons) Telecommunication and Networks undergraduate courses.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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