Electronics and Telecommunications (Top-up)

Study options


BEng (Hons)

Key facts

Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Part-time, top-up, distance learning
2 Years
Start date:
29 January 2024
30 May 2024
23 September 2024
27 January 2025
19 May 2025

MOD focused

Curriculum content designed to complement your professional development

Virtual Learning Environment

Highly interactive distance learning award delivered through Blackboard (our VLE)

Flexible Learning

Minimal attendance with remote/onsite support available for all modules

Our Electronics and Telecommunications (Top-Up) BEng (Hons) course is designed specifically for MOD personnel.

The Distance Learning Courses aim to:

  • Provide Employers with an opportunity to develop structured pathways for staff development.
  • Provide students with the opportunity to gain HE qualifications by giving recognition of their prior learning both through studies and in the workplace.
  • Provide a route for academic development whilst minimising the time required for attendance at the University
  • Enable you to gain knowledge and skills in the latest technological developments.

To make an initial enquiry about this programme please contact the HM Forces team.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BEng (Hons) Electronics and Telecommunications

Course content

This course is designed around modules that give it its distinctive theme plus other common modules that broaden the engineering perspective of the student. The culmination of the course is the Final Work Based Project which provides an opportunity for the student to apply what has been learned in solving a work-based engineering problem.


The total course fee is £4875.00.

Entry requirements

  • An HND or Foundation Degree in an Electronics/Telecommunications Engineering related discipline
  • Working in an Engineering role
  • Currently serving or have served in the Armed Forces

Compulsory Course Briefing Day Attendance

Prior to submitting your online application, you are required to participate in a compulsory Course Briefing Day (CBD). The purpose of the day is to provide an in-depth overview of how the course is structured, the commitment required to study and how to claim accreditation for previous qualifications or experience gained throughout your career. The Armed Forces admission team and the course administration team will help guide you through the application process.

We offer two types of CBD: 

Attendance – An opportunity for students to physically attend a CBD event at the university. 

Online – An opportunity for students to participate in an online CBD which is delivered in real time but via the internet, thus negating the requirement to travel to the university.

If you would like to participate in a CBD, please contact the HM Forces team.

How to apply

The application process will be explained during the CBD following which you will be sent the application links and documentation required to submit your online application.  Please do not submit an application until you have participated in a CBD.

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.


All students have access to Career Connect, our dedicated careers team.

Teaching and assessment


As a distance learning student, you'll be an active learner interacting with content, your fellow students and your module tutors. Support is available when you need it. You can contact your module tutor, your personal tutor, Information Service staff and subject specialist librarian by phone, email or in person.

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your studies wherever you are via your PC, tablet or phone. This includes accessing video, audio and discussion forums where you can debate subjects with your tutors and fellow students.


All modules are individually assessed via one or more methods dependent upon the requirement of that module. The method of assessment is chosen to ensure that we can verify that you have met the learning outcomes of the module. These methods may include individual coursework assignments, written reports, discussion contributions and practical exercises.

Typically, assignment submission and feedback will be via Blackboard Learning Portal. Much of the assessment is done online but some practical assessments may need to be done at the university. Module results will also be made available electronically.

Learning support

A personal tutor will be appointed who is a subject matter expert. Support for any modules will be conducted face-to-face, via email, or telephone.  

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.


Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally (through formative feedback) before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark but are essential for you to develop academically as a student. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. The feedback you receive will help to focus you to achieve better grades on the next set of modules you study. 


For the course starting on 29 January 2024 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BEng (Hons)-Part-time, top-up, distance learning
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Part-time To be confirmed

For the course starting on 30 May 2024 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BEng (Hons)-Part-time, top-up, distance learning
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Part-time To be confirmed

For the course starting on 23 September 2024 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BEng (Hons)-Part-time, top-up, distance learning
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Part-time To be confirmed

For the course starting on 27 January 2025 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BEng (Hons)-Part-time, top-up, distance learning
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Part-time To be confirmed

For the course starting on 19 May 2025 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BEng (Hons)-Part-time, top-up, distance learning
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Part-time To be confirmed

When studied part time, the duration of the course and the amount of fees you’ll pay each year depends on the speed at which you wish to progress through it. This is called the ‘intensity of study’. The usual study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 60 credits in your first year of study. This would be equivalent to studying at 50 per cent course intensity.

If you follow this pattern of study you will complete the course in six years. You will pay the pro rata (equivalent) fee shown for your first year of study. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX*. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any increase as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

*RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Included in tuition fees
Included in the fees:

Travel, and accommodation costs incurred by compulsory trips and visits away from the University that are directly linked to the learning requirements of a specific module.

The use of all laboratories, workshops and specialist facilities relating to the course of study.

Heavily discounted tuition fees during the (optional) placement year.

Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:

The estimated cost of text books over the duration of the course. All essential text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.

Travel, subsistence, entrance fees etc. incurred by optional trips and visits away from the University related to the course.

Dependent on a student’s choice of final year project, some additional costs may be incurred for materials to support the development and delivery of the project.

Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by visiting: www.gov.uk

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.


Location Award Study option Start date Apply Link
Stoke-on-Trent campus BEng (Hons) Part-time, top-up, distance learning 29 January 2024 Apply now
Stoke-on-Trent campus BEng (Hons) Part-time, top-up, distance learning 30 May 2024 Apply now
Stoke-on-Trent campus BEng (Hons) Part-time, top-up, distance learning 23 September 2024 Apply now
Stoke-on-Trent campus BEng (Hons) Part-time, top-up, distance learning 27 January 2025 Apply now
Stoke-on-Trent campus BEng (Hons) Part-time, top-up, distance learning 19 May 2025 Apply now

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If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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