Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Foundation Degree - Full-Time

Course code: FHAG305P

Subject area: Engineering

Study level: Undergraduate

Course level: H

Course details

9:00am - 7:00pm


16th Sep 2021 - 24th Jun 2023

Abingdon Campus

Contact details


01235 555585

This course consists of lectures, seminars, project work, and directed activities to promote independent learning along with workshops, and tutorials. Work-based learning is also an important part of the programme and will be linked in with core modules.

The course runs over two semesters per year from September – June. Those on a full-time programme of study will attend college for the equivalent of two days per week over two academic years. Those on a part-time programme will be expected to attend college for the equivalent of one day per week over three academic years. Students can expect to receive their course timetable within two weeks prior to the course start date or during their induction week in September.

Class sizes can vary year to year, but classes will typically have approximately 10 – 25 students.

There is a substantial amount of self-study required in order to be successful on this programme. Each single undergraduate module is 150 hours of effort. Modules presently consist of 45 hours contact time and are delivered using a mixture of lectures, tutorial/seminar sessions and laboratories. A student can expect to undertake an additional 105 hours of independent work per single module (210 for the double-module project).

This is an Oxford Brookes University course that is delivered by Abingdon & Witney College. As a student of both institutions, you have access to both the College and University facilities such as; libraries, sports centres, students union, career and employment services, student and study support.

The aim of this Foundation Degree is to provide a rational, structured and coherent programme of study that offers an alternative pathway to well-motivated and skilled engineers within the region in which Abingdon & Witney College is situated.

This programme intends to provide students, from a wide range of educational backgrounds, with an opportunity for further study including an alternative route for learners who have completed a Level 3 course and wish to gain work experience and study part-time.

The course will also equip learners’ with the broad knowledge and ability to apply current technology to existing products and designs as well as developing new ones. It will enable learners to have a sound understanding of Engineering Principles and the skills necessary to communicate them to others and develop them into finished products that meet customer expectations and agreed specifications.

The course will develop the learner’s ability to reflect on their own work evaluating what worked, what can be improved and how the overall process can be changed for the better. It will also enable learners that are employed to make an immediate professional contribution in their work environment through skills learnt and in particular via a work related project and develop the learners’ skills, personal qualities and attitudes essential for reflective learning and practice leading to successful performance in working life through the integrated, but explicit, curriculum and assessment.

The course offers a wide range of learning experiences which cover a comprehensive range of technical units.

Some of the modules you will study include:

• Mathematics for Engineers
• Engineering Design
• Engineering Science
• Work-based Project
• Materials Engineering
• Electronics
• Electrical Power Systems (HV)

This course is offered in Partnership with Oxford Brookes University, School of Technology. Most of the students will be on day release from their employment. The Foundation Degree is designed to equip students for a technical or management career in the industry. It will also provide specialist studies which are directly relevant to individual vocations and professions in which students are currently working or in which they intend to seek employment. The students will develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes for successful performance in working life.
This course is designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in current and future employment within electrical and electronic engineering. Critical to this programme is the opportunity for work based learning to take place, combining academic knowledge with real life engineering scenarios.

Students may also be able to progress on to a further year of study at Oxford Brookes University in order to 'top up' to a full honours degree.

Whilst the College is unable to offer accomodation across its three campuses, there are options available for students to live locally and still study for their higher education and professional qualifications with the College.

A residential agreement with Ruskin College means thats students are able to stay and live in halls of residence and live independently. Located in Old Headington, an area just three miles from the Centre of Oxford, the halls provide the opportunity for students to move to Oxfordshire during the course of their studies. To get to any of our campuses from Headington, it is approximately a 30-minute drive or an hour on public transport. Contact the College on 01235 555 585 for more information.

For anyone studying on a course that we offer in partnership with Oxford Brookes University, you are also eligible to apply for accommodation with the University throughout the duration of your studies. Visit www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/accommodation for more information.
Entrants to the programme should normally meet the following entry requirements:

Four passes at GCSE including Maths and English Language at C or above or equivalent and one of the following:

• A BTEC Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in an engineering discipline (including a Maths unit)
• One A Level pass in either Maths or Physics (or a closely related subject)
• Any other qualification deemed equivalent

Regarding the normal entry qualifications above, the study of Maths to A Level is usually required, although relatively strong performance in other subjects may give exemption from this requirement. Examples of such subjects include Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Computer Studies and Design and Technology.

Applicants with prior certificated or experiential learning may be admitted with credit for up to a maximum of 120 credits at Level 4 and 30 credits at Level 5.

English Language Requirements (For students whose first language is not English)
IELTS 6.0 (with 6.0 in reading and writing, 5.5 in listening and speaking)
All students must meet UK visa and immigration requirements. Further information can be found at https://www.brookes.ac.uk/students/isat/visas/. We include students with disabilities and/or learning difficulties into the life of the College and seek to offer opportunities for success in all courses at all levels.

Please note that we have a number of rules and regulations regarding the course of which failure to comply could result in prevention of you being able to complete your studies. These rules include minimum pass rates, plagiarism, cheating and general conduct. All of the rules will be made available to you at enrolment. If you have any further queries regarding our rules and regulations, please contact the College.
Home/EU tuition fee for 2 years is £7,000 per year. Home/EU tuition fee for 3 years is £4,760 per year. International tuition fee is £8,000 per year.

Extra Costs; whilst all text books are available in the College and University libraries and online, students may wish to purchase their own copies. Prices of core-text books range from £15.00 - £55.00.

You can find information on our fees and on Student Finance at www.abingdon-witney.ac.uk/info-centre/course-fees. Please note tuition fees may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by the University and all college partners.

Applications are made through UCAS using code H690A.

16 - 18 Fee

19+ Fee

19+ Reduced Fee

On completion of the course students will receive a Foundation Degree (FdEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering), awarded by Oxford Brookes University.
There are many different methods of learning on this course. The teaching is a combination of theory and student centred activities where formative feedback is provided to support elements of the assessment.

A variety of assessment methods will be used, including the submission of written reports, delivering individual and group presentations, completing time-constrained assessments, simulation exercises, role play, exams and in-class tests and submission of portfolios.

Formal assignments will be returned to students within three weeks of the submission date.
This course will provide the skills necessary to go onto a top-up degree. It will develop the skills of the learners and leads them onto the path to become a chartered engineer. It will also arm them with the skills and abilities to work better in their profession.