Electrical and Electronic Engineering - September 2014 entry

Foundation Degree Fd(Sc)

This course is run by the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

This foundation degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering has been developed by Abingdon and Witney College and Oxford Brookes University as preparation for a range of technical and management careers in electrical/electronic engineering.

Why choose this course

The foundation degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering has been developed by Abingdon and Witney College and Oxford Brookes University to equip you for a technical or management career in the industry.

You will develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and approaches that will help prepare you for successful performance in your career. You should:

  • be working, or wishing to work, in an electrical and electronics engineering-related field
  • want to build on your existing experience, knowledge and skills
  • be aiming to gain a higher-level qualification.

This course is run in partnership with and taught at Abingdon and Witney College, but you will also be enrolled at the university, so you will be able to use the facilities at both institutions. At Oxford Brookes you will have access to excellent facilities including our library, computing services, sports centre and Students' Union.

To find out more about what it is like to study at an Oxford Brookes partner college, visit our partnership course pages.

This course in detail

The course provides specialist studies in areas which are directly relevant to the electrical and electronic engineering professions.

Year 1: modules cover areas such as basic maths, maths for engineers, engineering design, business management techniques, engineering science, and electrical and electronic principles. There is also a work-based module.

Year 2: modules cover areas such as electronics, project management, programmable logic controllers, electrical power systems and materials engineering. There is also a work-based project.

Study modules

As courses are reviewed regularly the module list you choose from may vary from that shown here.

Year 1

  • Study Skills
  • Basic Mathematics
  • Engineering Design
  • Business Management Techniques
  • Engineering Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Mathematics for Engineers
  • Work-based Module 1

Year 2

  • Electronics
  • Project Management
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Electrical Power Systems
  • Materials Engineering
  • Work-based Module 2
  • Work-based Project (double)

Teaching, learning and assessment

Approach to assessment

All modules have an element of continuous assessment, and feature both coursework and written examinations.

Learning outcomes

  • This course will provide you with the ability to:
  • critically analyse and design advanced analog and digital systems including using  Operational Amplifier Architecture.
  • be able to coordinate and use engineering facilities in order to achieve specified objectives.
  • plan and run effective search strategies to identify and source information resources and documents relevant to a given engineering problem.
  • be able to produce sustainable and ethical designs for industrial and commercial use and to evaluate their risks.
  • be able to interface with the global scientific and engineering communities.

How to apply / Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Entrants should normally possess the following:


  • a minimum of two years' relevant work experience and a current role in an appropriate workplace setting, and
  • a line manager's letter of support and recommendation


  • a minimum of one pass at A-level (in Maths, Physics or a closely related subject) or 6-unit Vocational A-level, plus a minimum of four passes at GCSE (grades A-C) including Mathematics and English language, or
  • a National Certificate or Diploma or other equivalent qualification, such as GNVQ/NVQ or other Level 3 qualification, in a discipline related to Engineering.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

International and EU applications

Preparation courses for EU students

We offer a range of courses to help students meet the academic and English language entry requirements for their courses and also familiarise them with university life.

Find out more about the international foundation pathways we offer and our pre-sessional English language courses.

Country specific entry requirements

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information and local representatives who can help you to apply, please have a look at our country specific information pages.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

How to apply

Full-time students should apply for this course through UCAS.

Part-time students should apply directly to Abingdon and Witney College. You can contact the college on +44 (0) 1993 703464 or email

International applications

International students will normally have to study full-time unless they have full-time employment within the UK.

Conditions of acceptance

When you accept our offer, you agree to the conditions of acceptance. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Student experience

Support for students studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering

We understand that going into full-time or part-time education can have a big effect on people's lives. There may be a lot of questions you want to ask before you start on a course, and there may be times during your studies when you will want to seek information and advice from a reliable source.

Abingdon and Witney College has a dedicated independent team of advice and guidance staff for the benefit of both students and would-be students. Available throughout the year, they provide information, advice and confidential support services for all students. They are there to enable you to make informed decisions about your studies, and to help you deal with any difficulties which may arise.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

After graduation

Career prospects

This course will enable you to:

  • become an Incorporated Engineer and work for electrical and electronic companies in developing new products.
  • pursue a career in academia as an electronic engineer after undertaking further post-degree qualifications.

Further study

At the end of the course you will have significantly enhanced your knowledge of the electrical and electronic engineering industry. You will have the opportunity to transfer onto a related course at Oxford Brookes. You will need a minimum of one year to gain sufficient credits to qualify for an honours degree, or slightly longer than this if you wish to transfer to other degree programmes.