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Electronic Engineering (Communications) Foundation Degree

This course has been written to provide you with a wide technical background to support a range of careers in electronic and communications engineering. Communications Engineers design, install and maintain electronics and communications equipment for a range of industries in the sector, including television and radio broadcast, mobile networks, rail, aerospace and IT. This is a dynamic industry and this course has a strong technical element that will help you develop the skills you need to succeed. If you are employed in the industry this course will provide you with advanced knowledge and skills which will enhance your career prospects. If you are not employed, the course will provide you with a good grounding to help you to find employment in the field.

Year 1 modules:
• Analogue and Digital Electronics
• Electrical and Electronic Principles
• Management of the Business Environment
• Mathematics for Engineering
• Programmable Logic Controllers (Instrumentation & Control pathway only)
• Programming for Engineering
• RF Communication Principles Credits (Communications pathway only)

Year 2 modules:
• Corporate Responsibility and Personal Development
• Data Communication and Networks
• Digital Communication Principles (Communications pathway only)
• Embedded Systems Development
• Mathematics and Control (Instrumentation and Control pathway only)
• Project Foundation Degree (WBL)
• Signals and Systems
An important part of Year 2 is the completion of a work-based project which will give you the opportunity to carry out a project of commercial significance linked to your employment.

The tuition fee for academic year 2020-21 is £5,500.
The Year 1 and Year 2 tuition fee for academic year 2021-22 is £5,665. Please be aware that we intend to increase tuition fees in subsequent years using the Retail Price Index (RPI-X).

Course Info

Level 5 - Professional & University
Subject Area
Course Type
Higher Education Full-Time
James Watt College
Course Length
31 weeks

Entry Requirements

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS UCAS Tariff Points: Pre-2017 Entry - 160 points, Post-2017 Entry - 64 points The tariff points can be made up of: A Levels (GCE and VCE): 2 A Levels at Grade C BTEC Extended Diploma: Grade MPP BTEC Diploma: Grade MM BTEC 90 Credit Diploma: Grade DM Access to HE: Grade P45 (to include 45 credits at Level 3 and 15 credits at Level 2, totalling 60 credits) If the Level 3 qualification is made up of A Levels one A Level must be Maths or Physics. All other qualifications must be an engineering, science or IT subject. Minimum number of GCSEs at Grade C or above: 5 which must include: GCSE English: Grade C or 4 GCSE Maths: Grade C or 4 Are Level 2 equivalents accepted?: Yes We encourage applications from students who do not meet the entry requirements outlined but can demonstrate ability through work experience, portfolio of evidence or successful interview.

Delivery and Assessment

A range of assessment methods are used including assignments, examinations, case studies, projects and presentations. There will also be the opportunity to develop team-working skills which are valuable in the world of work.


Students successfully completing the Foundation Degree with merit grades or higher will be able to progress on to the final stage of an honours degree with Birmingham City University (this component will take 2 years part-time or one year full-time, subject to university regulations). Progression to other universities is subject to their own particular entry requirements. Students passing the course but not achieving this grade profile will be able to progress on to the 2nd year of the honours degree. Students with a Foundation Degree will be well qualified to gain employment in the field or progression in their careers.

Career Opportunities

  • Engineering Technicans
  • Manufacturing Technicans
  • Aeronautical Engineers
  • Electricians
  • Telecommunication Specialists