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Embedded Electronic Systems Design Development Engineer Apprenticeship - Level 6

Integrated Degree

Whilst on this apprenticeship you will also receive a BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Innovation centre

Our £1.3m Smart Zone provides students with the tools and technologies to aid their project work

Future ready

Gain professional recognition as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng)

Stoke-on-Trent campus
Typical duration for this apprenticeship is 5 years.
Start date(s):

Typical start dates are in September of each year.

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The Embedded Electronic Systems Design Development Engineer apprenticeship has a built in BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering to ensure you are future ready.

This programme has been designed to provide apprentices with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to register as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng), and to operate effectively and efficiently at a high level within the Electronic Systems Engineering sector.

Who is it for?

The role of the Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer is to apply their knowledge of electronics and of embedded software to the design of circuits or devices that provide a useful function, that are capable of being manufactured at a competitive cost, and that are reliable and safe in use. This involves the use of the engineer's knowledge of electronics and electronic principles, married to an expertise in the end use of the final product. In electronics this end use can cover a wide spectrum.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Course content

The programme is made up as follows:


Year 1 Modules:

  • Introduction to Engineering Design and Practice 
  • Professional Development and Engineering Applications
  • Applied Maths 1 

Year 2 Modules:

  • Fundamentals of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Fundamentals of Mechanics and Thermo Fluids
  • Team Design Project for Sustainability (BL) 
  • Engineering Standards, Legislation and Ethics (BL) 

Year 3 Modules:

  • Team Design Project for Sustainability (BL) 
  • Engineering Standards, Legislation, and Ethics (BL) 
  • Embedded Systems
  • Intermediate Engineering Mathematics 
  • Advanced Engineering Mathematics 
  • Digital Design 1
  • Electronic Circuit Design and Simulation (BL) 
  • Product Design and Development (BL) 

Year 4 Modules:

  • Real Time Embedded Systems with DSP
  • Power Semiconductor Devices
  • Digital Design 2

Year 5 Modules:

  • Emerging Technologies and Innovation in Engineering 
  • Individual Engineering Project 

End-point Assessment will follow the completion of all modules.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from students with a wide variety of qualifications, skills and experiences. In fact, we lead the way in recognising alternative routes into higher education and take pride in attracting students from diverse backgrounds and with non-traditional qualifications. This Degree Apprenticeship is aligned to the Engineering Councils UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC), and essential to attainment of the Apprenticeship is the need to pass the accredited BEng (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. We want to ensure that students embarking on this programme are equipped to meet the challenges associated with working at this level, including an ability to function effectively at a Level 3 standard in Maths. We also want to make sure that, by the end of the programme, our apprentices have everything in place to make a successful application for professional recognition as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). Each of these things are reflected in the entry requirements. Typically, candidates will have attained a Level 3 qualification in Maths and at least one further STEM based subject, such as Physics, ICT, Computing or Electronics, and will have English Language at GCSE (grade C or above).Alternatively, applicants may have achieved a STEM based Level 3 Diploma, such as Engineering and will have English Language at GCSE (grade C or above).However, applicants who have not already achieved Maths and/or English at the prescribed level will be asked to demonstrate their competence prior to entering the programme, and may have the option to work towards a recognised qualification alongside their other Apprenticeship studies. This should be discussed on application.


If you are a levy paying organisation then the degree apprenticeship is paid for from your digital account for the duration of the apprentice. For non-levy paying organisations the cost is just 5% of the full cost.

Delivery and assessment


The programme is delivered at Staffordshire University. Apprentices will attend University on a day release basis; one day per week. To accommodate wide-ranging learning styles, approaches to teaching will be diverse, including but not limited to technical demonstrations, lectures, seminars, independent research, laboratory assignments and simulation exercises, design work, practical problem-solving tasks, presentations and group critiques.


There are a number of elements that make up assessment for the Degree Apprenticeship Standard including:

Award assessment (formal assessment of the degree modules)

Formative 'on-programme' assessment, (assessments that do not contribute to the degree, but provide an opportunity to develop and apply new knowledge, skills and behaviours)

Log book assessment (formal assessment of an individual portfolio of vocational evidence demonstrating competence in all of the knowledge, skills and behaviours)

Gateway assessment (i.e. a pre-requisite to the end-point assessment)

A summative 'end-point' assessment (a non-integrated assessment comprising an interview between the employer, the Provider, and the apprentice, which includes a review of the completed Log Book.) 

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties. You will also have full access to our support services such as Student Guidance.


Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

  • The employer must not ask the apprentice to contribute financially to the direct cost of learning
  • Ensure apprentice spends at least 20% of their time in off-the-job training
  • Enter into a contract with Staffordshire University
  • Participate in reviews with the apprentice and university, providing evidence and feedback on progress at work and success in meeting apprenticeship milestones
  • Provide a safe, healthy and supportive environment, which meets the needs of the apprentice
  • Provide apprentices with a contract of employment for the duration of the apprenticeship on the first day of their apprenticeship and be paid at least a wage consistent with the law for both the time they are in work and in off-the-job learning
  • Provide the apprentice with paid time to attend off-the-job training, including additional support for English and Maths, or support accessed for learning difficulties and/or disabilities
  • Recognise that the apprentice must complete the apprenticeship within their working hours
  • Support the apprentice to gain new skills


Examples of industrial sectors that rely heavily on Embedded Systems Design and Development Engineers include Aerospace, Automotive, Automation and Instrumentation, Robotics, Telecommunications, Information and Computer Technology, Defence, Energy (including renewables), Transport and Consumer Electronics.

To join a higher degree apprenticeship programme, enquire with us today.