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Electronic Engineering with Foundation Year

BEng (Hons)

School - School of Computing, Science & Engineering

Subject area - Electronic Engineering

UCAS Code: 8H48

Start Date(s): September


One year foundation plus three years full-time for the degree or
one year foundation plus four years full-time for the degree with placement year


UK - £8,250 for Foundation Year, then standard UG fee per year.

In Brief:

  • Fantastic career prospects in electronic design development and consultancy where there is a buoyant job market.
  • Taught by internationally recognised engineers and researchers in electronic engineering
  • Strong links with industry
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity

Course Summary

This course provides an alternative entry route on to the BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering degree and other related courses. The Foundation Year provides you with a broad introduction to acoustics, physics, maths, laboratory work, engineering methodology and IT skills.

It is ideal for students who may not have reached the required level in A levels or BTEC study or those who have chosen a new direction for their studies. On successful completion of the Foundation Year you will go on to study the same curriculum as the standard BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering degree course.

Course Details

The Foundation Year provides a single pathway to the full honours degree in electronic engineering. Throughout the course, support modules in programming, mathematics and computing provide the framework required to progress your learning and prepare you for a career as an electronic engineer.

In the Foundation Year, you will study the fundamentals required to progress on to the full degree programme. This will involve training in physics and mathematical techniques that is achieved through a combination of theoretical and practical modules.

Course Structure

In the first year of the full degree, you will study analogue and digital electronics, mathematics, computer fundamentals and computer networking. In the second year you will then broaden your knowledge of applied mathematics to electronics systems, telecommunications, digital systems design and digital signal processing. Students can then take a paid industrial placement year which provides valuable experience for future employment. The final year includes aspects of power and control systems, embedded systems and wide area telecommunications. This includes a large amount of project work aimed at developing practical and research based skills with an opportunity to study an area of particular interest to you.

Foundation Year

These modules entail the development of mathematical and modelling skills. Subjects include algebra, transposition of formulae, coordinate systems, logarithms, introduction to calculus, problem solving in velocity and acceleration, differentiation, integration and matrices.
This module provides grounding in basic physics and the development of numerical problem solving. The syllabus includes, mechanics, properties of matter and wave propagation.
In this module electronics and electricity are introduced, along with fields (magnetic, electric, gravitation etc.) and atomic and nuclear physics.
Laboratory skills, critical analysis of data and scientific reporting are examined in this module. The areas covered are experimental design, scientific measurement methods and data analysis. This is achieved through a series of experiments covering mechanics, thermal physics, electricity and waves.
This module involves the development of IT, research, team working, presentation and scientific reporting skills. In more detail, the use of spreadsheets, graphical representation of data, report writing, scientific presentations and group-based research will be undertaken.

Year 1

In the first year you will be introduced to key concepts which underpin the course. You will develop the skills necessary for progression to year two and you will also be introduced to the ethos that drives the teaching and learning experience.

This first year module places electronics and electronic engineering in a global context. You’ll study why electronics is important, how  it affects our daily lives, what drives innovation, and the evolution of electronics technology and future trends.
These two modules span both semesters in the first year, and are at the heart of first year teaching. The main aim is to introduce the fundamental concepts and principles of analogue and digital electronics, and develop the skills necessary to design and build electronic circuits.
At the heat of many electronics systems lies a central processor, managing and manipulating data, sometimes from remote locations. To fully understand this concept and the processes involved, this module introduces the fundamentals of computer hardware, software and networking technology including some more advanced concepts such as security.
This is a first semester module that aims to develop the underlying mathematical skills necessary when considering physical systems. In particular, it considers the solution of numerate problems and the ability to apply mathematical techniques in relevant area of physics and engineering in order to fully realise the development of electronic systems.
This second semester module extends the mathematics module in the first semester, and develops an appreciation of ‘the computer programming methodology’ and the ability to program at a basic level. The key aim of the module will be to formulate and solve numerical problems using computational techniques.

Year 2

The second year of the course focuses on moving you from a broad-based learning experience to one which is more focused and in line with industrial trends in electronics. There are two generic themes which run throughout the second year.  As part of the global electronic industry, the first theme is aligned with telecommunications and provides an insight into a sector which provides the largest stream of global revenue for the electronics industry. The second considers digital signal processing and systems which have a broad scope and generic appeal throughout the electronics industry. These themes are directly supported by simulation and computing techniques.

As a first semester module, digital signal processing introduces the principles and concepts of digital analogue signals and analogue signal processing. It aims to develop the knowledge and skills needed to design, program and implement analogue and digital signal processing applications.
This module supports the development of personal and professional skills through the experience of working in a team to produce a working design from a formal specification. The module aims to provide an understanding of digital communications signals, coding and media delivery, and the digital hardware elements required to produce and process digital communication signals.
This module develops a core understanding of wireless networking systems and the associated principles and concepts of enabling technologies. It also focuses on an increasingly important area of simulation, and develops these skills using industry-standard network simulation software.
This module builds on the first year module on ‘Mathematics and Computing’ and aims to develop numerical techniques for frequently encountered problems in physics and engineering. These numerical techniques are then developed as algorithms, and implemented as software systems on the computer.
This second semester module explores the underlying principles of signal propagation and transmission systems. It will provide you with the tools to design and simulate transmission systems and introduces you to a wide range of transmission techniques currently used in modern communication systems.

Year 3

The third and final year of the course introduce you to key strategic themes in line with industrial trends. These include power and control systems, speech and signal processing, embedded systems and wide area networking. The final component of the course is a final year project which enables you to ‘show case’ the skills and knowledge your have obtained and enables you to fully demonstrate your potential as a graduate electronics engineer.

This module runs across two semesters and develops knowledge in two key areas: Classical and digital control design methods, including frequency and time analysis for both continuous-time and discrete-time systems; and Electrical power, power distribution, and energy conversion.
This module extends the mathematical techniques developed in the first two years of the course in application to the design of digital filters. It aims to explore and analyse audio signals and systems and the mechanisms behind speech production which are at the forefront of the discipline.
The application of embedded systems are ubiquitous in modern electronic systems. This module includes a significant practical element where the functionality of embedded systems are explored through the design and implementation of modern microcontroller systems and their associated programming languages.
This is a semester one module and will provide you with a systematic knowledge and understanding of wide area network (WAN) technologies. This includes the services that they offer, the factors that influence their design, and how WAN technologies are used to connect small to medium sized business networks.
This module develops an awareness of the commercial issues which must be addressed by engineering businesses in order to operate successfully, efficiently and legally. It introduces the principles of quality management systems, health, safety, and the environment, and considers the role(s) of people in successful business operation.
The final year project module develops your ability to work with a significant degree of independence on a structured programme of activity. It will  highlight your ability to become competent in analysing and assessing the value of information derived from that programme of work so that you will communicate effectively (both through written reports and orally) the details of the programme, and the conclusions that can be drawn together with suggestions of further work.

Please note, exact modules may vary in order to keep content current. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the modules you will study on or before the start of the programme.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
UCAS tariff points 72 UCAS points from any subject combination 64 UCAS points where qualifications include both Mathematics and Physics to A Level standard.
GCE A level 72 UCAS points from any subject combination 64 UCAS points where qualifications include both Mathematics and Physics at A Level.
BTEC National Diploma MMP for any subject MPP for Engineering or Science.
Scottish Highers 72 UCAS Tariff points (new system) from any subject combination. 64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include both mathematics and physics to A-level standard.
Irish Leaving Certificate 72 UCAS Tariff points (new system) from any subject combination. 64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include both mathematics and physics to A-level standard.

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have the traditional entry requirements may be able to apply through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University.

International Students - Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

International Students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin studying their course. You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK in order for you to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions.

You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website at with your JACS code which  will be on your offer letter should you choose to make an application. If you cannot find it please contact International Conversion team at If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on

You can apply for your ATAS Certificate via this link:

English Language Requirements

This course is not suitable for international applicants.

Applicant profile

This course is designed for someone who is passionate about electronics, with a strong background and general interest in science and technology. It also applicable to those that have already worked in Industry but aim to pursue recognised academic qualifications in the field of electronics.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £8,250 for Foundation Year, then standard UG fee per year.

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £6,165 for Foundation Year; £9,250 per year for subsequent years

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.


This course is delivered using a mixture of lectures, tutorials and practical-based work, with a major project in the final year. Each module is delivered and assessed in the most appropriate way: for example, in the first year of the full degree, the module ‘technology in context’ is full assessed by assignment only with no examination. In contrast, the digital and analogue electronics modules have a large practical element which is combined with theory so the assessment is via written reports of laboratory based experiments and an end examination. We also make use the internet as a learning and teaching tool via our Blackboard virtual learning environment.

You will be taught by a wide a range of teaching staff, all experts in different aspects of electronic engineering each bringing research and / or commercial expertise to the classroom.

Many students take a year’s industrial placement after the second year, which you arrange with our support


Assessment is normally through a range of different methods, such as:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework 
  • Practical work


Electronic engineering graduates would normally be expected to work in one of many engineering disciplines such as: automotive electronics, process engineering, consumer electronics, technical sales, avionics, banking and commerce, technical author, postgraduate study, wireless networks, security and surveillance, sustainable energy, and programming in a number of computer languages such as Java and C/C++.

Career Prospects

Graduates from the electronic engineering degree course will become major players in the diverse world of electronics and systems engineering. Starting salaries for graduates are in the range £20,000 to £30,000 and there is a high current demand for electronic engineering graduates.

Below are just a few of the job areas our graduates get into and the companies they work for, for more details follow the links:

  • Broadcast engineering
  • Control and instrumentation engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Electronics engineering
  • IT consultancy
  • Manufacturing systems
  • Network engineering
  • Avionics engineering
  • Systems analyst
  • Systems developer
  • The games industry.

Links with Industry

The course also has strong links to industry through collaborative research projects, course development for industry, and the industrial placement year. These all help to keep the electronic engineering degree course up to date with the current needs of industry and including the latest research findings.

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