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Electronic Engineering (Instrumentation & Control) Foundation Degree

Level 5 - Professional & University

Electronic Engineering (Instrumentation & Control) Foundation Degree

This course has been written to provide you with a wide technical background to support a range of careers in electronic and control engineering. Instrumentation and Control Engineers design, install, and maintain electronics and control equipment for a wide range of industries in the sector including vehicle manufacture, aerospace, food and beverage production, transport, IT and leisure. 

The 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.

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.

BMet is a partner in the Greater Birmingham & Solihull IoT, which specialises in Engineering and Manufacturing and was developed to incorporate all further education colleges and higher education institutions in the region. The GBSIoT is also advised by a group of employers and stakeholders to ensure that it is employer led and responds to the requirements of the area.



James Watt College




Course Length: 30 Weeks

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.

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.

A range of assessment methods are used including assignments, examinations, case studies, projects and presentations. Opportunities for team-working will also be available.

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 (this component will take 2 years part-time or one year full-time, subject to university regulations). Students passing the course but not achieving this grade profile will be able to progress on to the 2nd year of the honours degree. If you choose to go straight into work you will be responsible for testing, designing, developing and production of electronic systems in fields such as transportation, aerospace, vehicle manufacture and food production.

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.

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