Electrical Power Engineering BEng (Hons)

4 years including placement year, starting in September 2018

Gain the theoretical and practical skills in power generation and distribution to pursue a career in electrical power industries.

Our course develops your expertise in areas where power engineers are in demand such as smart grids, micro-generation and renewable energy. Your first two years provide you with a grounding in the principles of electrical engineering science before specialising in power engineering.

You'll develop an understanding of the technical, industrial and economic challenges of designing and manufacturing modern electrical power devices. Combining theory and practice, you’ll learn how to use advanced technologies to conceptualise, design and operate power and energy systems. Group and individual projects give you the chance to work on specialist topics like smart metering, electrical drives, or advanced signal processing.

The technical, teamwork and management experience you gain will prepare you for a career in the power industry. Our partnership with the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Power Academy gives you access to scholarships and placements with top companies.

The flexibility of our course means that you can move between full-time study and placement year option up until the end of your second year.

Course structure

This course lasts 4 years. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2022. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Placement
  • Year 4

Units

As part of your course you will take compulsory units covering key concepts. You may also be able to take optional units which assist you in developing your own interests.

You need to take 60 credits in each year of your course (usually split equally into 30 credits for each semester), so the number of optional units you can take depends on the number of compulsory units in each year of the course.

Six credits are the equivalent of at least 120 hours of study, including contact time with staff and independent study.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Placement

Going on placement in your third year lets you apply theoretical knowledge to the workplace and develop skills in a professional environment. Your placement experience can benefit the rest of your degree and boost your career prospects after graduation.

Our students have worked at companies including Intel, Jaguar Land Rover, Thales and McLaren Electronics. You can move between full-time and placement option courses up until the end of your second year. Placement opportunities may not be guaranteed.

Find out more about engineering placements and the support we offer.

Learning and assessment

Learning

  • Laboratory sessions
  • Lectures
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Essay
  • Oral assessment
  • Practical work
  • Written examination

Typical assessment breakdown

This average assessment breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Your specific unit choices will determine the actual breakdown of assessment methods that you will experience.

% written exam % practical exam % coursework
Year Written Exam Practical Exam Coursework
Year 3 0% 0% 100%

Typical contact time breakdown

This average contact time breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Scheduled learning and teaching may include: lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Your optional unit choices will determine your actual personal contact hours.

% time in scheduled learning and teaching % time in independent study % time in placement/year abroad
Year Scheduled Independent Placement
Year 1 35% 65% 0%
Year 2 35% 65% 0%
Year 3 0% 0% 100%
Year 4 14% 86% 0%

Professional accreditations

By studying a course with a professional accreditation, you could have the chance to get workplace experience, learn about new developments in the industry and apply for membership with the accrediting body. You may also be able to apply for jobs in the industry without having to do any more exams.

“The lecturers in the department give a lot of suggestions and guidance.”
Gege Ma

BEng (Hons) Electrical Power Engineering (2017)

Entry requirements

Your application, especially your personal statement, should explain your motivation for choosing this degree and any relevant non-academic interests and achievements. You are more likely to be successful if you demonstrate a strong interest in electrical and electronic engineering and power systems through relevant reading, extracurricular or co-curricular activities, or work experience. We also favour applicants who show an ability to write and reflect analytically and thoughtfully.

You will need a strong performance in Mathematics and a second science or technology subject as part of your entry qualifications.

If you are taking A levels, we may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh). We do not accept A levels in General Studies. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.

Qualifications

Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom qualifications

Typical offer A level

AAB

AAB including A in Mathematics and B in a second science or technology subject

A level General Studies will not be considered. We may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh).

Alternative offer A level

ABB

ABB including A in Mathematics and B in one other science or technology subject plus one of the following:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

Typical offers for other qualifications

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall and 6, 6, 5 in three Higher Level subjects including 6 in Mathematics and 5 in one other science or technology subject.

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer:
Pass the Access to HE Diploma (in Science or Engineering), with at least 33 credits achieved at Distinction and 6 credits achieved at Merit or above. This must include 12 credits from Mathematics units (including Calculus) achieved at Distinction.

BTEC and Cambridge Technical

Typical Offers:

  • D*D*D* in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF)/ BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF)/ Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • D*DD in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF)/ BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF)/ Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma plus grade A in AS level Mathematics
  • DDD in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF)/ BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF)/ Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma plus grade A in A level Mathematics

We are able to consider the above qualifications in Engineering. If you are studying a BTEC qualification, you must be studying and achieve a Distinction in the following units:

  • Extended Diploma (QCF): Mathematics for Engineering Technicians and Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians.
  • Extended Diploma (RQF): Further Engineering Mathematics.

It is preferable that you are studying Mathematics at AS or A level. Your offer will be based on the type and level of qualifications that you are taking. If your application looks suitable and you are not studying an AS or A level in Mathematics alongside your BTEC, then you may be invited to an interview as part of the selection process.

We may be able to consider an application from you if you are studying a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) in Applied Science, IT or Music Technology/Production alongside an A level in Mathematics.

In additional to our essential GCSE requirements in English we also require: grade B or 4 in GCSE Mathematics and two science subjects.

See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.

Cambridge Pre-U

Typical offer:
D3, D3, M1 including Mathematics and one other science or technology subject.

Alternative offer:
D3, M1, M1 including D3 in Mathematics and M1 in a second science or technology subject plus one of the following:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

HNC/HND

We are able to consider HNC/HND qualifications in Engineering disciplines for entry into the first year of our course. You will need to gain an overall grade of Distinction, including a Distinction in at least 20 credits of Level 4 Mathematics. As our programmes require solid foundations in Mathematics, we do prefer you to have studied AS or A level Mathematics in addition to your HNC/HND qualification and encourage you to take this route if it is available.

Please note that HNC and HND qualifications may be counted as degree-level study by the Student Loans Company and therefore may be counted as previous study and have an impact on your ability to access student loans/grants for the entirety of your chosen degree. We recommend that you discuss this in detail with the SLC before following this progression route to the University of Bath.

Open University Credits

Typically, we would be looking for you to have studied units worth at least 120 credits, including at least 30 credits at Level 2. We would ideally be looking for you to be taking units including:

  • S207: The Physical World or S217: Physics: From Classical to Quantum
  • MST124: Essential Mathematics 1 and MST224: Mathematical Methods

This information is a guide and all students applying with Open University Credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will consider your application carefully and take note of any previous qualifications or relevant work experience. We may be able to consider alternative units to those listed. Please contact us to discuss your profile.

Typical offer:
Pass units worth 120 credits, including S207: The Physical World/S217 Physics: From Classical to Quantum and a Pass 2 with 75% in a relevant Level 2 Mathematics unit worth at least 30 credits.

Please note that taking OU credits may be counted as degree-level study by the Student Loans Company and therefore may be counted as previous study and have an impact on your ability to access student loans/grants for the entirety of your chosen degree. We recommend that you discuss this in detail with the SLC before following this progression route to the University of Bath.

Scottish Highers

Typical offer:
AB in Advanced Highers including A in Mathematics and B in one other science or technology subject plus AAABB in Scottish Highers.

Combinations of qualifications

Your application will be considered individually based on the particular combination of qualifications and subjects that you are taking.

We can consider combinations of accepted qualifications, such as A levels and a BTEC.

  • A in A level Mathematics and B in a second science or technology subject, plus D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/National Extended Certificate (RQF) OR the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma (QCF)/Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (RQF)
  • A in A level Mathematics and B in a second science or technology subject plus D3 in a Pre-U Principal Subject
  • A in A level Mathematics and B in a second science or technology subject plus 6 in an IB HL Certificate. While we do not consider the IB Careers Programme for entry, we are able to consider the combinations of components that are typically offered by this route, such as BTEC and IB HL Certificate combinations
  • A in A level Mathematics and AB in a second science or technology subject plus the IFS Diploma in Financial Studies

We can also consider combinations that are not listed and that do not include A levels. You should read the information about essential and preferred subjects and subject combinations. We cannot consider different qualifications if they are in the same subject area.

Ireland qualifications

Irish Leaving Certificate

H1, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 in 6 Irish Leaving Certificates with H1, H2 in Mathematics and another science/technology subject.

Hong Kong qualifications

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

55 in 2 elective subjects including a science or technology subject plus 5* in core Mathematics and 5 in the Algebra and Calculus extended paper.

France qualifications

French Baccalaureate

14.5 overall with 15 in Mathematics and a second science or technology subject.

Option Internationale Baccalaureate (OIB)

13.5 overall with 15 in Mathematics and a second science or technology subject.

European Baccalaureate qualifications

European Baccalaureate

79.0% overall with 8.5 in Mathematics (5 periods) and 8 in one of Biology (4 periods), Chemistry (4 periods) or Physics (4 periods).

India qualifications

Higher Secondary School Certificate (12th Standard)

Average of 80% across 4 subjects 80% in Mathematics and one other science or technology subject.

We do not accept Physical Education as one of these 4 subjects.

These requirements are for the CBSE, HSSC and ISC boards. Please contact us if you are taking this qualification with a different board.

United States of America qualifications

Advanced Placement Tests

5, 5, 4 in 3 APs including 5 in Calculus BC and one other science subject.

We cannot consider Calculus AB as one of these 3 subjects.

You will also need to pass your High School Diploma and achieve an ACT score of 29 or SATR scores of 700 in both Mathematics and Evidence based Reading and Writing.

SAT Subject Tests

We do not accept SAT Subject Tests for direct entry to our degrees.

Fees and funding

Payment options

You can pay your tuition fees with a student loan, or by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash.

Read more about your payment options

Fees

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

Tuition fees

See the most recent fees for undergraduate courses.

Placement fees

Placement fees vary

You will normally pay a reduced tuition fee while on a placement period or studying abroad. Find out more about placement fees and study abroad fees.

Budgeting

You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information

  • Course title
    Electrical Power Engineering
  • Final award
    BEng (Hons)
  • Mode of study
    Full-time
  • Course code
    H631
  • Institution code
    B16
  • UK/EU application deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply

Course enquiries

Undergraduate Selection
admissions@bath.ac.uk
+441225383019

Apply for this course through UCAS.