Electrical and Electronics Engineering (with Industry Year) BEng (Hons)

Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: YH00
Code: ST3023C16P
Fees: View fees and financial information
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Duration: Full time: 4 academic years
Part time: 8 academic years
Start Dates: september 2021
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Engineering impacts upon every aspect of modern life. Disciplines include mechanical, electrical and electronic, energy, chemical, metallurgy and materials, aeronautical, automotive and bioscience.  The pace of technological change in engineering means that there is an increasing need for skilled workers and, according to the Engineering Council, professional engineers currently achieve salaries comparable with other professionals, for example, accountants and solicitors.

At the University Centre at Blackburn College we have a long history of training tomorrow's engineering professionals and we have strong links with industry in the North West. 

You will study at the University Centre at Blackburn College and the Futures Centre on the College campus in Blackburn, which is equipped with specialist laboratory spaces and workshop areas. You will also study on site at your work placement during your industry year.

Our Electrical and Electronics Engineering qualification will allow you to study a range of engineering subjects specializing in the electrical and electronic discipline and undertake a year in Industry.  

What will I study?

This degree programme includes a Year in Industry which you will undertake when you have completed Level 5 modules and before you return to study Level 6 modules.

At Level 4, you will study a common set of modules alongside other engineering students that have been designed to help you develop the skills you’ll need for the higher levels. 

At Level 5 you will study modules which are unique to Electrical and Electronic Engineering. All of the modules are mandatory.

Industry Year / Work Placement

Your industry year comprises of a minimum of 9 months. You will be required to complete work during this time and present your experiences to students on your programme when you return to study in your 4th year.

During your year in industry you will receive two visits from a member of staff to check on your progress with your employer.

The year in industry will commence with a short series of lectures introducing the benefits and requirements of undertaking a placement, and developing the basic skills needed to support your placement and benefit from the experience.

Your industry placement allows you to apply the knowledge gained from your L4 and L5 modules in an employment context.

Please note: Industry placements are subject to availability.  You are also responsible for any costs in travelling to and from your work placements, for any accommodation costs and in some instances the cost of acquiring a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report.


At Level 6 you will undertake a core set of mandatory modules including an Advanced Individual Project of your choice, within your discipline.

All students take a total of 120 credits per level.

Level 4 Modules:

  • Laboratory and Workshop
  • Mathematics for Engineers
  • Mechanical and Electrical / Electronic Fundamentals
  • Introduction to CAD/CAM
  • Programming and Control
  • Materials, Design and Sustainability

Level 5 Modules:

  • Group Design and Build Project
  • The Professional Engineer
  • Mathematics and Simulation
  • Placement Learning (Industry Year only)
  • Electrical Power and Machines
  • Analogue and Digital Circuit Design and Testing
  • Electrical Energy Generation and Transmission

Level 6 Modules:

  • Advanced Individual Project
  • Engineering Leadership and Management
  • Principles of Semi-conductors and Optoelectronics
  • Power Electronics and Control
  • Electrical Circuit Applications
Entry Requirements

Criteria for admission to the programme are as follows:

  • 96 UCAS points (not including Key Skills) with the majority generated from directly relevant subject areas;
    • A/AS Level in a Physical Science, e.g. Mathematics, Physics and Electronics.
    • A level 3 qualification.
  • Minimum GCSE grade C in Mathematics;
    • Or an equivalent UK or overseas qualification.
  • Applicants without formal qualifications but with relevant work experience will be considered for entry to the programme subject to an interview or an appropriate diagnostic test. Students without the relevant skills will be offered a bridging mathematics course which must be successfully completed before they commence studies.
  • Applicants should hold a GCSE English qualification or equivalent; overseas applicants must have a minimum IELTs score of 6.
    • Applicants without this will be offered an English course which must be successfully completed before they commence studies.
  • Applicants offering other entry qualifications may be admitted with the consent of the Course Consultant.


How will I be assessed?

Throughout the course a range of assessment techniques will be used such as; examinations, practical assessments, essays, presentations, reports and logbooks, etc..

Feedback is given on all assessments as part of the ongoing learning cycle, which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback used include; one-to-one meetings with a tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, verbal, etc.. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutors.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, the library and skills labs, small group rooms and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role-play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

You should typically expect to have around 15 contact hours per week if you are studying full time. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your pastoral tutor to discuss issues on a one-to-one basis.  

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.


We endeavour to make timetables available one month before you start your course. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week and at any time between 9 am and 7 pm. Part-time classes are normally scheduled so that they all fit into one day per week. 

Overall Workload

The overall workload consists of timetabled class contact hours and you should aim to undertake an additional minimum of 20 hours of independent learning and assessment activity per week. There may be other one-off sessions scheduled for visits, practicals, specialist lectures, etc.

Industry Year

A placement of not less than 9 months full-time will be required, normally with a single commercial or public sector or charity organisation that provides opportunities for the student to develop graduate level subject-specific and generic employability skills.

Typically, you will complete the equivalent of 200 hours of work based learning with an additional 70 hours of independent learning throughout your placement. An additional 30 hours are available for support and tutorial input over the course of your placement, utilising a range of approaches. 

Academic Support

Support is available from a designated member of the engineering team to assist you with both academic and pastoral needs.

UCBC has a dedicated Student Engagement Team who provide support in the following areas: Study Skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); Written English; Academic Writing (including referencing); Research Skills.


What can I do next?

The programmes have a clear link to those students wanting to continue onto postgraduate level academic study, such as MSc Mechanical Engineering, PGDip Mechanical Engineering, MSc Electronic Engineering, MSc Engineering Project Management and MSc International Innovation (Engineering) at Lancaster University. UCLAN offer postgraduate study in Maintenance Engineering, Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards and Renewable Energy Engineering. A large majority of universities in the UK, and indeed in the North West of England, offer access to a wide range of postgraduate qualifications in engineering.

Students can progress to a diverse range of professions, including aeronautical, petroleum, maintenance, manufacturing and production engineering, energy and utilities, transport, rail, mining, patent attorneys, university lecturers, further education lecturers and research and development within engineering.

Engineers are also highly employable in a wide range of areas beyond engineering such as IT, finance and management; skills of a mathematical nature, problem solving and IT that are developed on engineering degrees are essential to many employers.

Recent graduates have gone on to work as:

  • Design engineers
  • Maintenance engineers
  • Installation engineers
  • Engineering surveyors
Supplementary Information

Download the Programme Specification for Electrical and Electronics Engineering (with Industry Year) BEng (Hons). The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.

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