BEng (Honours) Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Foundation Year

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BEng (Honours)

Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Foundation Year

Full-time Engineering

Prepare for a career or further academic study in electrical and electronic engineering, developing the essential talents that power the smart world we live in, with a foundation year to prepare you for the course.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 4/5 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 80 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? A024
When do I start? September 2024
Placement year available? Yes

Course summary

  • Become a professional electrical and electronic engineer from day one.
  • Gain knowledge and specialised skills in state-of-the-art labs and workshops.
  • Apply your skills by completing industry-linked projects and placements. 
  • Explore diverse disciplines – mechanical, automotive, aerospace, civil engineering.
  • Design and manage electrical systems for a sustainable future.

From smartphones and buildings to electric cars and renewable energy, the world we live in today is profoundly dependent on the talents of electronic and electrical engineers. Creating, designing and managing the systems that keep things running is vital in our society – from the generation of heat, light and power to the ease and speed of communication that we’ve come to expect. 

This foundation year course is for those who don't meet the entry requirements for our BEng Hon Electrical and Electronic Engineering course, or would like extra preparation before starting degree-level study.


How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. 

This course is designed for you to gain experience as a professional engineer from day one, developing technical and professional skills from the very start.

You’ll engage in a variety of learning activities as you progress through the course. The balance of these activities changes at each level of study to encourage you to become increasingly independent learners, developing the ability to take the initiative, plan, organise and complete programmes of work – as an individual, a leader and a member of a team. 

You learn through:  

  • Diverse lectures emphasising peer collaboration.
  • Tutorials to practise and apply your knowledge ahead of assessments.
  • Hands-on lab experience including computational modelling and simulation.
  • Q&A and discussions for self-assessment and understanding.
  • Support sessions for receiving feedback and preparing for assessments.
  • Teamwork activities for collaboration in an innovative environment.
  • Project-based learning to apply knowledge, creativity, design, critical analysis and professional skills to real-world projects.

Key Topics

You will begin the course will focusing on the theoretical and practical fundamentals of electrical and electronic engineering. You will then move into developing skills in analysis, design and verification of circuits before taking these skills and applying them at a system level.

Course Support

You’ll be supported in your learning journey towards highly-skilled, graduate-level employment. This includes work experience, digital skills, career readiness and graduate attributes – plus the following support:  

  • Access to our student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development.
  • Access to our Skills Centre for support with one-to-ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments and assessment preparation.
  • Industry-specific employability activities, including work placements, live projects and networking opportunities.
  • The Engineering Café, a weekly drop-in session where you can ask questions and get advice from academics.
  • A dedicated Maths and Stats Support drop-in session that runs twice a week.

Course leaders and tutors

Muhammed Akmal
Muhammed Akmal
Senior Lecturer

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Applied learning

Live Projects

Throughout all years of the course, you’ll have the chance to work on live projects, using the tools and skills relevant to the industry today. You’ll be treated as a professional from the moment you join us, and these projects will help you to harness the skills you learn with us in the real world. 

As part of this course, you’ll have the chance to run a project on data acquisition and analysis in collaboration with Netflix, where you’ll learn how to optimise data to improve the performance of systems and products.

You’ll also have the opportunity to get involved with SHU Racing, initiated and led by Sheffield Hallam students. SHU Racing caters to a broad audience, reflecting our commitment to professional diversification. Each year the team strives to optimise and develop a Formula Student competition car – through smart innovation, professionally engineered development and lean manufacturing strategies.

The SHU Racing team typically consists of over 70 undergraduate students, predominantly from the engineering disciplines.

Work Placements

You’ll have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you valuable work experience to prepare you for your future career – and allows you to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV. 

We’ll be on hand to support you in applying for and finding suitable placement opportunities. We’re in regular contact with local and national companies – and we can help you with interview techniques and preparing your CV. Previous graduates have spent their placement years at companies including Siemens, BMW, General Electric, Network Rail, Caterpillar, Cetix, British Gas, Servelec Group, Abaco Systems, ARM, British Airways Engineering and Heraeus Electro-Nite (UK). 

Field Trips

You’ll be able to observe relevant industry processes through site visits. Previous trips have included tours of power stations, automotive plants and advanced manufacturing industries.

Networking Opportunities

You’ll be able to attend scheduled events across the academic year and meet industry partners, employers, researchers, and alumni. Past events have included the Alumni Careers Panel, Careers Fair, Winter Research Poster Event, SHU Racing Launch and EngFest.

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Future careers

Graduates of this course are in demand locally, nationally and globally – giving you an opportunity to follow your chosen career anywhere in the world.

This course prepares you for a career in: 

  • Electrical engineering – supply and distribution
  • Electronic engineering – design, development and test
  • Project engineering management
  • Control systems engineering
  • Embedded systems engineering
  • Communication systems engineering

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for: 

  • Siemens 
  • National Instruments
  • TBG Solutions 
  • Honeywell Process Solutions 
  • Asteral Healthcare
  • Cummins 
  • Rolls-Royce

Equipment and facilities

You’ll learn in excellent teaching facilities, including professionally equipped laboratories for teaching, projects and research.  

We have cutting-edge teaching spaces, dedicated labs and workshops for:

  • Electrical power, transmission and distribution.
  • Embedded systems – facilities for advanced Field Programmable Gate Array and Microcontroller development (Intel, ARM and Arduino). 
  • Electronics and communications – modern digital oscilloscopes, function Generators, power supplies and spectrum analysers. 
  • Control systems – Mitsubishi & Siemens Programmable Logic Controllers and software for Supervisory Control, and Data Acquisition. 
  • Electrical & Electronic Design Automation software such as LabVIEW, MATLAB, MULTISIM, PowerFactory and Cadence.
  • Automation, industry 4.0 facilities and a wide range of fixed and mobile robots and cobots.
  • Rapid prototyping equipment with laser cutters and 3D printers.
  • Materials testing and manufacturing.

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 80

This must include at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example:

  • CDD at A Level.
  • MMP in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • Pass overall from a T level qualification with C from core
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include a maximum of one AS level, EPQ and general studies

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

GCSE

  • English Language at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade C or 4
  • Science at grade C or 4

*GCSE Equivalents

  • Level 2 Literacy or Functional Skills Level 2 English
  • Level 2 Numeracy or Functional Skills Level 2 Maths
     

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

We may also accept you, if you have no formal qualifications but can show evidence of ability and a genuine commitment to studying the subject.

Some applicants may be invited to attend an informal interview with the course leader to ensure that the programme is suitable for themselves and their aspirations.

UK students may be able to claim financial support for the course.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Important notice: The structure for this course is currently being reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment are all likely to change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Once the changes have been confirmed, updated module information will be published on this page.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Engineering And Mathematics In Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foundation Mathematics, Mechanics And Electronics 1 Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foundation Mathematics, Mechanics And Electronics 2 Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Fundamentals Of Materials And Manufacturing Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Electrical Engineering Principles Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Fundamentals Of Analogue & Digital Electronics Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Maths And Computational Methods Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional Engineering Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Analogue And Digital Electronic Design Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Communication Systems And Computer Networks Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Electrical Power, Machines, Control And Instrumentation Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Industrial Group Embedded System Project Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Practical

Year 4

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Electrical, Electronic & Sustainable Energy Systems Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Project: Implementation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Project: Management And Scoping Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Artificial Intelligence And The Internet Of Things Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Power Electronics & Control Systems Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Exam

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

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