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BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering with a Foundation Year

Blend creativity with maths, science and technology to design and engineer innovative solutions

Year of entry: 2020

UCAS code

H604

Institution code

Y50

Length

4 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Typical offer

BBB (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2020 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fees

£22,080 per year (2020/21)

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If you're returning to education, or haven't chosen the right subjects at A level, our foundation year will give you the maths and physics knowledge you need to transfer on to any one of our courses.

You'll spend your first year learning fundamental theories in maths and physics to A level standard, and you'll begin to develop your practical skills in the electronics lab.

After your foundation year, you'll automatically continue on to the first year of our BEng Electronic Engineering course. However, you'll have the opportunity to transfer on to any of our other specialist courses.

This course will enable you to function with confidence in the challenging world of electronics, as a designer, in research or as a manager. You'll work with world-class researchers who are advancing our understanding of electronics every day.

Our courses are very flexible, and offer you the opportunity to either become a specialist or generalist. You can choose your own route through your degree. You'll be fully supported at all times by staff who are enthusiastic about their subjects and willing to help you.

Accreditation

This course is fully accredited by the IET and counts towards the training requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. Our courses have been continually accredited for 25 years.

As I was returning to education, the Foundation Year was brilliant, providing a solid grounding in higher level Maths and Physics, and confirming Electronic Engineering was for me. It has been enjoyable and a fantastic challenge to study at the University of York and the city is a delightful place to call home.
Richard, BEng Electronic Engineering with a Foundation Year

What our students say about us.

Quality teaching and support

We're first among surveyed Russell Group universities for 'The Teaching on my Course' and "Academic Support" (National Student Survey 2019).

Course content

You'll study the principles and practicalities of electronic engineering, as well as honing essential skills in mathematics and computer programming.

As you progress, you'll cover topics such as electronic hardware design, Java programming, signal processing and analysis, microprocessor interfacing, engineering construction and design, feedback and computer control. In your final year, advanced optional modules allow you to specialise according to your own developing interests, in areas from digital communications to nanoelectronics.

Throughout your course you'll have opportunities to apply your learning in our well-equipped labs. Individual and group projects will see you design, build and test products using state-of-the art hardware and software.

Study abroad

There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:

Foundation year

The foundation year is based on the A level curricula for maths and physics.

The first part of the course starts at an early secondary school level and progresses through to A level standard over the year. There is also a practical electronics element, where you'll learn about electronic circuits in a well-equipped laboratory.

You'll study five core modules. 

Core modules

Year 1

Year 1 provides you with a grounding in electronic principles, circuits, components and devices. There's a strong emphasis on mathematics and computing, including learning the C programming language. You'll also develop your practical skills, designing and building complete products as part of laboratories and group projects.

Core modules

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

In Year 2 you'll learn to analyse and design hardware and software systems. You'll study material including data structures, algorithms, electromagnetism and Java programming. An advanced construction project gives you the opportunity to apply your skills of design, engineering, problem-solving and project-management.

Core modules

Year 3

In Year 3 you'll study a range of advanced core and option modules. You can focus on your interests, or investigate a new aspect of electronic engineering. Throughout the year you'll work on a major individual project, using the knowledge and skills you've developed to research and design a solution to an engineering challenge.

Core modules

The BEng Individual Project gives you a chance to put the skills and understanding you've developed into practice. You'll undertake an independent project: from specification, through initial feasibility studies, to production and testing. Projects from previous years have included:

  • Radio controlled ultra small airplane
  • Programmable environmental chamber
  • Measuring and predicting solar output
  • Magnetic biosensors for future medicine
  • Visual tuning feedback for choirs
  • An electronic Alethiometer

Many of the projects on offer are closely aligned to our current research, giving you the chance to work alongside world-class academics at the forefront of the field.

Option modules

You'll select three of the following modules (10 credits each):

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Learning by design

Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Assess electronic engineering designs by applying detailed knowledge of algorithms, devices and systems and by consulting relevant documentation and research. 
  • Evaluate system and component performance through a variety of analytical techniques including computational methods and modelling. 
  • Create designs to address real-world problems by synthesising ideas into engineering specifications. 
  • Solve technical problems through employing skills in programming, CAD, construction and measurement and by using safe laboratory techniques. 
  • Clearly communicate and explain electronic engineering issues and practice in a technically accurate manner to a variety of audiences, verbally, in writing and using multimedia. 
  • Coordinate and execute complex projects (with effective time management, team working, and ethical decision-making) in preparation for technical careers in electronics, computing and related disciplines.

Strong links with industry

We will help you to become an employment-ready, motivated graduate, with skills in the latest developments in engineering such as robotics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and immersive technology.

Creative and innovative projects

Develop essential management, coordination and decision-making skills with a software engineering team project. Your final year project gives you the scope for ambitious research in an area that interests you.

Free membership

We offer all students free membership of ShockSoc (our student electronics society), SWEY (Supporting Women in Engineering, York) and we pay for student membership of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) while you are at York.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 £22,080

Additional costs

There is no compulsory purchase of equipment or books necessary for this course. Lecture notes will be provided by staff, and you will have free printing.

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.

Funding

We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2020/21 throughout the year.

Foundation year bursary

You may be eligible for a partial tuition fee waiver for your foundation year. The fee waiver you receive will depend on your household income. Find out more about the foundation year bursary.

Foundation year scholarships

The Department of Electronic Engineering offers a number of £500 scholarships for the best performing foundation year students, after the first term of the course. These are open to both UK/EU and international students.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award

“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”

The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018

Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

Our courses are highly intensive. Your timetabled activities each week will include:

  • Lectures
  • Practical work (including projects every year)
  • Workshops
  • Computer laboratories
  • Supervisions

You'll also be expected to spend time studying independently. As you progress through the course you'll take on more independent study, guiding your own learning and developing your project management skills.

Your individual project in your final year will be supervised by an academic member of staff who will guide you through your project.

Timetabled activities

In your first year, you can expect:

Lectures15 hours per week
Workshops2 hours per week
Practicals25 hours per term
Optional activities0-2 hours per week

These figures are based on an average student in an average week. Your contact hours will vary throughout the year due to your module choices, non-compulsory classes, exam periods and changes to scheduled activities.

Outside your timetabled hours, you'll study independently. This may include preparation for classes, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.

In the UK, full-time students are expected to spend 1,200 hours a year learning. That's about 40 hours of classes and independent study each week during term time. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours you spend on independent study will be different to other students on your course.

Facilities

You can find detailed descriptions of our facilities on our website, including laboratory space, recording studios, clean room and computing classrooms.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Electronic Engineering, on Campus West.

Most of your contact hours will be in the Department of Electronic Engineering, with some additional teaching on Campus West.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Your assignments will be designed not just to test you but for you to creatively apply what you've learnt, and to stretch you to supply novel solutions. We use a variety of assessment styles, including exams, coursework and practical engineering tasks. You'll encounter all of them during your course, but the exact balance will depend on the modules you choose:

  • Closed-book exams
  • Short technical reports
  • Electronic portfolios, including programming exercises, video reports or blogs
  • Presentations and demonstrations
  • Major technical reports

You'll receive written feedback on work you hand in to help you understand your grade and develop your skills. For your final-year individual project you'll produce a written report, have a viva (a presentation and question/answer session) and also show your project on our demo day, which our external advisory board attend.

Percentage of the course typically assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Written exams68%68%53%40%
Coursework32%16%47%60%
Practical exams0%16%0%0%

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

Electronics practical
If the Department of Electronic Engineering is on your radar, the staff are friendly and helpful, and if you put yourself out there you'll feel like part of the family. I honestly can't praise the Department enough regarding the support they provide me, and my university experience is one I will never forget
Pippa, BEng Electronic Engineering with Music Technology Systems

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Committed to equality

We hold a bronze Athena SWAN award for our commitment to gender equality in science.

Flexible courses

You may be able to change course, add a year in industry or change between MEng and BEng. Just ask us for more details.

Careers and skills

The growth of the electronics industry means demand for new engineers is always high. We have the highest proportion of graduates finding employment within one year of finishing their studies (UK engineering and technology graduates LEO data set, June 2017). Our students enter a wide range of jobs, not just in electronic engineering, but in a variety of related fields such as software programming and hardware development

For those wishing to take different career paths, the transferable skills you'll develop are highly valuable. Mathematics, programming, team working and technical management are sought after in a huge range of sectors, from media to financial services. Recent employers have included Jaguar Land Rover, IBM, Qinetiq, ARM, BBC, BT and Network Rail. Find out more about our graduate destinations and graduate profiles.

Career opportunities

  • Avionic systems engineering
  • Design engineering
  • Digital consultancy
  • Software and systems engineering
  • Cyber security
  • Telecommunications design
  • Broadcast engineering
  • Automotive safety
  • Visual effects

Transferable skills

  • Analyse system and component performance through computational methods and modelling
  • Create designs to address real-world problems by synthesising ideas in engineering specifications
  • Solve technical problems through applying skills in programming, CAD, construction and measurement
  • Communicate and explain electronic engineering issues to a variety of audiences verbally, in writing, and using multimedia
  • Assess designs by applying detailed knowledge algorithms, devices and systems, and consulting relevant research
  • Coordinate and execute complex projects in electronics
  • Effective time management, teamworking and ethical decision making

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
A levels

BBB excluding Maths.

If you already have, or are currently studying A level Maths you should apply for one of our degree programmes without a foundation year.

BTEC National Extended Diploma DDM in any subject
Other qualifications If you're a mature student (age 21 or over) with qualifications that do not meet our typical offer we would expect GCSE Maths C/4 or equivalent aptitude shown at interview.

We will also look for evidence that you are capable of dealing with the foundation year workload in your application and during your interview.

Please get in touch with us for an informal discussion you are interested in our foundation year programmes but you’re unsure whether you meet our criteria

We expect all applicants to have GCSE Maths, minimum grade C/4.

We are eager to encourage applications from a wide range of people, and we consider every application individually. We consider applications from people offering combinations of A levels and BTEC subsidiary diplomas.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Qualification Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component
PTE Academic 55, with a minimum of 51 in each component
GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language) Grade C
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 169, with a minimum of 162 each component
TOEFL 79 overall, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing
Trinity ISE III Pass in all components

For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

Applying

To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

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