Birmingham City University

Electronic Engineering with Foundation year Birmingham City University Degree level: Undergraduate

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Do you want to work at the forefront of industry? Our Electronic Engineering course with a foundation year will teach you a broad range of skills, helping you to become a rounded electrical engineer.

Throughout your degree study, you’ll have access to our state-of-the-art technology and resources, plus you’ll have the opportunity to secure yourself an industry placement, giving you instrumental electrical engineering work experience.

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.

What's covered in the course?

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 transferable 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 focus on project-based activities, 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?

  • 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.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 80 points
A level BB Can include AS Levels and/or tariff point qualifications.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP
Access to HE Diploma 60 credits overall. Minimum of 45 credits at level 3. Including 12 technical credits at Merit or Distinction.
Must already hold GCSE Mathematics and English Language Grade C or higher or the equivalent at application point.
Scottish Higher BB Achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved from either five Highers or a combination of two Highers offered with two Advanced Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of (CCDDD) are required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).  
Must be from Technology, Science, or Computing related subjects
AS AA - EE Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 80 points minimum.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 80 points minimum.
Extended Project Combined with other level 3 qualifications.
Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 80 points minimum.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE grade 4 Must include Mathematics and English Language.
Must have been achieved at the point of application.
Considered in lieu of GCSE Mathematics or English Language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of application.
City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy
Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2
Key Skills level 2 - Application of Numbers and Communication
HNC (BTEC) P
HND (BTEC) P
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points points overall. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma and who achieve the minimum of 11 points from two High Level subjects, will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates
"For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted. Students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) Group A English Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR
English Group B Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.

A combination of GCSEs, A-levels and IB certificates will be considered on a case by case basis
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 80 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum H3/D1 taken from three subjects).
Must be from Technology, Science, or Computing related subjects
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) O3, O3 See Level 3 Entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details.
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 80 tariff points minimum.
Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 80 points minimum.
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DM
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMP
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 80 tariff points minimum.
Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 80 points minimum.
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma D*D
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DM Must be from Technology, Science, or Computing related subjects Not including Early Years.
Can be combined with one A level, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, or two AS levels to achieve a total of 80 UCAS tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D* Must be from Technology, Science, or Computing related subjects Not including Early Years.
Can be combined with one A level, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, or two AS levels to achieve a total of 80 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CDD.  Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).
Must be from Technology, Science, or Computing related subjects


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any level

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

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Birmingham City University
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15 Bartholomew Row
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B5 5JU


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