Electrical And Electronic Technology FdSc

UCAS code H564
Location Shrewsbury Colleges Group
Duration 2 Years

2019/20 New Entrants, Full Time

  • Home and EU students: £6,500 per year of study
  • International students: £6,500 per year of study
Course start September
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Course outline

The aim of the Electrical and Electronic Technology Foundation Degreeis to provide an opportunity for part-time students in regional and other colleges to access higher education, with a significant work based learning content, at a local level.

The programme of study places emphasis on your work-based-learning. It is quite clear that learning does not just take place in the classroom. We all learn and practice skills and accumulate knowledge outside of educational institutions, but especially at work. This course aims to incorporate and accredit this learning acquired at work.

The programme routes exist to fulfil different expectations of industry. Engineers and technologists have to operate in a wider marketplace than they did 20 years ago. The abundance of computer software and hardware available to the engineer has altered their job function tremendously. Industry has also taken the role of the engineer and technologist and altered it to a multi-disciplinary career spanning the physical sciences, mathematics, information technology and management. The award has been developed to produce technologists who can operate in this fast changing environment.

The Foundation Degree offers the mix of skills and knowledge that employers and professional bodies are looking for through its distinctive blend of vocational, professional and academic components.
Students successfully completing the FDSc are eligible to go on to study the BSc(Hons)top-up at Staffordshire University.

Course content

Year 1

  • Personal Development 1
  • Mathematics for Technology
  • Technology A
  • Design Principles for Technology
  • Technology B

Year 2

  • Design Project
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Electrical Machines
  • Electrical Power 1
  • Signal Processing Technology

Year 3

  • Personal Development 2
  • Applied Electronics Technology 1
  • Work-Based Project
  • Control Technology
  • Option

Teaching and learning is delivered via study units or modules through three levels: 4, 5 and 6.

Level 4 aims to develop the basic understanding knowledge, techniques and skills drawing on workplace experience wherever possible.

Level 5 is focused on the application of level 4 experiences to deepen knowledge and improve problem-solving, and other skills, through applied workplace study. The work-based project and the design project modules will integrate the different concepts and ideas of the previous modules.
Successful completion of all level 4 and Level 5 modules will result in the award of a Foundation Degree (FDSc).

Level 6 is quite distinct and contains an individual project which consolidates your knowledge, skills and understanding.
Successful completion of all level 4, 5 and 6 modules will result in the award of an Honours degree BSc(Hons).

[Students also have the option of finishing their studies early and graduating with BSc (non-honours)] 

Nominally the overall structure of the awards divides each year into two teaching blocks per year and the completion of a Foundation Degree in 3 years.
However, some of our franchised colleges run an accelerated option allowing students to study 3 teaching blocks per year and completion of a Foundation Degree in 2 years.

Study at Level 6 (or the BSc top-up) takes place on the University campus.

Route map (PDF, file size: 20.56KB) and possible qualifications applicable to all HNC, Foundation Degree, BSc and BSc(Hons) awards.

Entry requirements

  • 40 UCAS tariff points
  • Completed an Advanced/ Modern Apprenticeship.
  • BTEC National Diploma or Certificate qualifications.
  • Advanced GNVQ at pass grade.
  • Mature students with relevant experience.

Teaching and learning

In deciding how modules should be taught and how learning will take place and be assessed, two important principles have been used. Each module should be taught and assessed in the way that best fits the subject matter rather than imposing common learning and assessment methods across all modules. Also the student should have the opportunity to experience a variety of different ways of working and to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in the most appropriate way. The programme operates within the University Modular Framework. There are two teaching blocks in each academic year. Normally the teaching in each teaching block is spread evenly over 12 weeks. The total learning time for each 15 credit module is 150 hours which amounts to 12.5 hours per module per week. The way that this time is spent will reflect the subject matter of the module and is detailed in the module descriptors. Practical work is an essential feature of the programme and may take place in a number of settings including the computer laboratory or classroom. Practical work is required for preparation, assessment and other course work. As students progress, directed reading becomes more demanding in line with the intellectual development required at Intermediate level. Students are encouraged to undertake independent learning to extend the material presented. The value of self-gained knowledge and understanding is emphasised both as an essential skill/practice for lifelong learning and as an expectation on professionals to continue their professional development. The QAA document on engineering benchmark statement also states that the methods of teaching, learning and assessment should be constructed so that the learning activities and assessment tasks are aligned with the learning outcomes that are intended in the programme.

For students to achieve a satisfactory understanding of engineering the expectation is that they will have significant exposure to hands-on laboratory work and substantial individual project work and the teaching needs are to be placed within the context of social, legal, environmental and economic factors relevant to engineering. Finally assessment should form part of the learning process and requires that there is `sufficient opportunity for students to demonstrate that they have met the threshold in all components.


The assessment methods used within the programme are varied, formative and develop students' transferable skills as well as their technical ability. Students' ability to plan, judge, communicate complex issues, solve problems logically, and develop original solutions, in appraising critically the work of others, and in managing their own learning are all significant contributors to determining a students' mark for a module. In addition a student's technical understanding of the context of their work alongside that of others, of the breadth of their subject of study, and of the depth of their specialist area of study, also are key to the assessment process. The modules are developed through the first or Certificate Level C to the second level or Intermediate level I, and then on to third level or Honour level H. Level C aims to develop the basic understanding knowledge, techniques and skills drawing on workplace experience wherever possible. Level I is focused on the application of level C experiences to deepen knowledge and improve problem solving, and other skills, through applied workplace study. The work based project and the design project modules will integrate the different concepts and ideas of the previous modules. Although the foundation degree is a course in itself there is a seamless progression to the higher intellectual skills of the BSc Honours degree. The BSc(Hons) study of the programme is quite distinct and you will be studying towards your chosen area of specialism, with option modules in Modern Communications Systems and Applied Electronics Technology 2, Advanced Product Creation and Stress and Dynamic Technology. The BSc(Hons) study also contains an individual project.

Assessment methods applied include:
Unseen examinations / class tests
Laboratory assignments / practical work / log book records / reports
Learning Portfolio / Case Studies
Presentations and oral examinations
Problem solving exercises
Essay assignments
Design tasks / Computer-based/Simulation exercises / Poster displays
Individual projects and reports and Graduate Show presentations
Assessment of work-based learning

Employment opportunities

The Foundation degree in Engineering is a part-time programme aimed at students who are employed in the engineering sector. The motivation to complete the Foundation degree includes promotion and/or salary increase at their place of work or the chance to move to a new employer in another area of engineering. The need for employment is reflected in the work-based project unit which requires the student to involve their employer in the required outcomes. The award is recognised by both the institutes of mechanical engineers and the Institute of Engineering and Technology. Accreditation means that, on completion of your Foundation Degree plus approved further learning or BSc or BSc(Hons) degree, and after a period of professional development and professional review, you can apply for the registration as Incorporated Engineer (IEng). Similarly, you can also apply for the registration as Chartered Engineer (CEng) if you top-up your BSc(Hons) with approved further learning or approved/accredited Masters degree.


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