Electronic Systems Engineering BEng (Hons)

4 years with placement year, starting in September 2018

Become an expert in electronic hardware and systems. Develop the technical skills and initiative to make an impact as a professional electronics engineer.

Our course gives you a combination of fundamental skills in electronic engineering with advanced knowledge of systems engineering. You’ll design, make and test electronic systems and get hands-on experience in integrated circuit design and advanced printed circuit boards. Throughout your study, you’ll develop a strong theoretical and practical knowledge of the subject. This basis will help you become proficient in a range of systems including marine, land and airborne platforms, embedded software systems, and navigation systems.

Group and individual projects let you specialise in topics such as sensors, autonomous systems or electric vehicles. The technical, teamwork and management skills you gain will prepare you for a career as a systems engineer in industry.

Our partnership with the UK Electronics Skills Foundation gives you access to scholarships with leading companies such as ARM, Ericsson and Qualcomm.

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, Motorola, Orange and Thales. 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

Contact time with staff

In your first year, you should expect to spend 35% of your time in a lecture, seminar or practical/lab setting and 65% of the time in independent study, including reading, preparation, coursework and revision. Your unit option choices will determine your future contact hours.

Find out more about contact time with staff
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Entry requirements

Your application, especially your personal statement, should explain your motivation for choosing this degree and any relevant non-academic interests and achievements. Your application is more likely to be successful if you demonstrate a strong interest in electrical and electronic engineering 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

Preference for Physics or Electronics as the 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 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

We are able to consider BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas (QCF) in Engineering or Electrical/Electronic Engineering. You must be studying Unit 4: Mathematics for Engineering Technicians and Unit 28: Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians, and achieve Distinctions in both of these units. 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.

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.

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.

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

Typical offers:

  • Obtain D*D*D* in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) in Engineering, including Distinctions in Mathematics for Engineering Technicians and Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians.
  • Obtain D*DD in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) in Engineering, including Distinctions in Mathematics for Engineering Technicians and Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians, plus grade A in AS level Mathematics.
  • Obtain DDD in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) in Engineering, including Distinctions in Mathematics for Engineering Technicians and Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians, plus grade A in A level Mathematics.
  • Obtain D*DD in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) in Applied Science, IT or Music Technology/Production plus grade A in A level Mathematics.

If you are studying towards a Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma or a new specification BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF), please contact us for guidance.

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 grade D3 in Mathematics and grade M1 in 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 above: 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.

Fees and funding

Payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

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
    Electronic Systems Engineering
  • Final award
    BEng (Hons)
  • Mode of study
    Full-time
  • Course code
    H641
  • 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

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