Electronic Engineering (Foundation Entry) BEng (Hons)

Electronic Engineering (Foundation Entry) BEng (Hons)

School of Engineering




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

  • Duration:

    4 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    B267; Short form: EE/Fe

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BEng (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. Take your place in the expanding and dynamic world of electronics on this accredited, respected course.

You’ll learn the fundamental principles of electronic engineering and the programming skills necessary for modern embedded system design - all while developing an understanding of current practice in electronic system design, including microcontrollers and FPGAs, signal analysis and conditioning, and interfacing and communications. You can tailor your study to include various specialist topics according to your interests and ambitions - and when you graduate, you’ll have the skills and confidence you need to succeed as a modern graduate electronic engineer in industry.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • 1 Study Skills
  • Basic Mathematics
  • ICT


  • Practical Skills
  • Design Studies
  • Analytical Studies

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Engineering Analysis
  • Engineering Applications
  • Electronics and Electronic Practice
  • Digital Electronics and Programmable Systems

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Signals and Systems
  • Electronic Systems Applications
  • Electronic Systems
  • Digital Systems
  • Software Development 2

Optional Modules

  • Robotic Systems
  • Data Communications

Year 4

Compulsory modules

  • Microcontroller Systems
  • Project
  • Engineering Professionalism

Optional Modules

  • Machine Intelligence
  • Computer Vision
  • Embedded Real time Systems
  • Computer Aided Instrumentation
  • System on Programmable Chip
  • Digital System and Image Processing

Further Information

The BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering course aim is to develop graduates with a broad understanding of current technology and practice in electronic engineering, covering the relevant aspects of analogue and digital electronic systems and additional specialist areas according to the option modules studied.

The discipline of electronic engineering encompasses a wide skills base and the emphasis of this course is placed on electronic system design rather than that of individual component devices. By concentrating on the principles fundamental to system level design, the course equips graduates with the knowledge, skills and confidence to thrive in the rapidly evolving field of electronic engineering and the transferrable skills to find employment in a diverse set of industrial and commercial sectors.

Course content is informed by our links with the Applied Digital Signal & Image Processing (ADSIP) Research Centre, research-active in areas including non-destructive evaluation, medical data analysis and computer vision.

"Getting the opportunity to get involved with things outside of the classroom is the best thing about being a student in UCLan. I have been an ambassador for engineering going into schools to promote engineering, was an exhibitor at the Lancashire Science Festival, and had real engineering project experience working on new and exciting technology for a local entrepreneur. Also, I have been sponsored by UCLan to travel on an all-expenses-paid internship to the United States of America and contribute to space research with NASA. Apart from the excellent laboratory and testing environment, learning programming and software development, the analogue electronics module and engineering practice modules were the most useful to me on my project in the US. The internship involved building and testing low frequency radio receivers with staged amplifier circuits. The international experience was good fun and has really broadened my horizons."

Robert McLaughlin

During your studies at the UCLan Preston campus you’ll benefit from our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC).

Located within one of the most intense engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK, the EIC provides an integrated space for teaching and research with direct links to industry enabling you to work on live, real-world projects with commercial partners in state-of-the-art facilities.

Find out more

On the BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering course, you will study various aspects of the subject, including analogue and digital electronic systems, microprocessor-based and microcontroller-based systems, FPGA and IC design, signal processing, and software development. The course includes option modules enabling you to select specialist topics according to your interests and aspirations, tailoring your programme of study to your own requirements. Each student undertakes two individual projects and a final-year group project.

Senior academic staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and Chartered Engineers (CEng) with real-world industrial experience. UCLan practices research informed teaching, and the course team includes reviewers and editors with IEEE, Elsevier, Springer, Taylor & Francis and other publishers. They contribute to industrial and professional advisory panels and help write international engineering standards. Subject matter expertise includes the following general domains: Advanced Manufacturing; Circuit Design; Data Communications; Embedded Real-time Systems; Intelligent Systems; Signal Processing; Measurement and Control; and Robotics.

"What I like best about UCLan is the open-door policy which was different to my experience of college. UCLan staff are always willing to help and give extra classes where needed. My favourite modules were robotics and artificial neural networks and what I learnt in engineering practice, programming in C#, signal analysis and signal processing has been most useful to my research. Since graduating I have been successful in securing an industry sponsored PhD project to develop digital manufacturing and manufacturing execution capabilities for aerospace platforms."

Chris Duerden

There are opportunities for paid, real-world industrial experience working on ERDF funded commercial projects connected to local industry in the North West, and Summer Undergraduate Internships, working on actual research projects - we recently placed a student with NASA.

Engineering graduates are in greater demand than ever, which means the career options for you are varied. You could find yourself working in high value manufacturing - perhaps aerospace or the automotive industry - or in the Ministry of Defence, or in research and development. Careers in digital communications, consumer electronics, security and surveillance, as well as banking and commerce, are also open to graduates.

The majority of graduates embark on careers in high value manufacturing. A course module that will help you plan your career as an engineering professional is part of your degree programme. Opportunities for further study include a taught postgraduate MSc course in Digital Signal and Image Processing or Renewable Energy Engineering. The School has significant research activity in this area and graduates can opt for an MSc, MPhil or PhD with the Applied Digital Signal and Image Processing (ADSIP) Research Centre, Advanced Digital Manufacturing Technology (ADMT) Research Centre or Centre for Power and Energy Management.


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

Our partners and industrial collaborators include: BAE Systems, CISCO, NASA, NHS, and the Northwest Aerospace Alliance.

Professional Accreditation

The BEng course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The MEng course has been submitted for accreditation, expected on completion of the first cohort.

Learning Environment and Assessment

You can benefit from industrial sponsorship. Typically you would be working full-time in a junior engineering position at a local company while studying part-time.

A variety of teaching and learning methods is used, including traditional lectures, laboratory-based sessions using specialist facilities, computer sessions and simulations, tutorials, design exercises and directed study. The practical facilities are located in a purpose-built building with impressive computer facilities and dedicated laboratories.

Assessment uses formal examinations and coursework. The balance of assessment varies from module to module; a typical breakdown over the full course is in the range 60%-70% examination, 30%-40% coursework, exclusive of major individual project work.


Employability is central to our degree provision and you will be taught the basic aspects of electronic engineering to ensure you have the skills required to succeed in industry. Course delivery allows for you to specialise in your chosen area depending on module choices, including digital design, signal processing, real-time systems, neural networks and communications. This ensures your studies are shaped to suit your career aspirations.

You will have the opportunity to undertake a year-long industrial placement before your final year. This will be a great opportunity for you to broaden your practical work experience and to consolidate your learning. The invaluable industry experience will also be of great benefit when you return to UCLan as well as giving you a significant advantage in your early career development. Successful completion of the industrial placement module is recognised by the endorsement “with industrial placement” in the award title.

Case Study: Oliver Forbes-Shaw - Placement year at EDM Ltd.

You’ll enjoy access to world-class resources through the Advanced Digital Manufacturing Technology (ADMT) facility. An opportunity to experience state-of-the-art manufacturing hardware and software, including CISCO industrial networks, manufacturing execution systems and industrial robots.


The fact that the UCLan course is accredited by the IET has helped me with my professional development because now my employers are sponsoring me to proceed with a master's course so that I can complete my registration as a Chartered Engineer. Tom Bulloch


You’ll enjoy access to world-class resources through the Advanced Digital Manufacturing Technology (ADMT) facility. An opportunity to experience state-of-the-art manufacturing hardware and software, including CISCO industrial networks, manufacturing execution systems and industrial robots.