Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Degree Apprenticeship - Employer Information

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • A Levels
    Three A Levels (or equivalent) including Maths and a Physical Science or Technology.
  • Further requirements
    Grade 4 or C GCSE Maths and English
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Key dates

  • Programme start date
  • Open Days
    Our next Postgraduate Open Day is taking place on:
    Wednesday 4th March

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology*

Starts with a technical boot camp to create work-ready apprentices

Taught through work-based learning and on-campus teaching blocks, that allow for more specialist practical work

Employer information

A degree apprenticeship for aspiring electrical and electronic engineers.

Apprentices will gain extensive knowledge of electronics, electronics principles and embedded software combined with an initial grounding in design and development. This apprenticeship provides the basis for specialisation as a hardware, software or systems engineer involved with the design of integrated circuits through to complete systems depending on the needs of your organisation.

Key information and entry requirements

Degree Apprenticeship Standard

This programme aligns to the Level 6 Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer degree apprenticeship standard. You can find more information about the standard on the Institute for Apprenticeships website.


By successfully completing this programme, apprentices will be awarded a BEng in Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development. They will also achieve an apprenticeship certificate that is graded at pass, merit or distinction. 

Duration of programme

Four and a half years of study, delivered in block release format with blended work-based, on-campus and distance learning.

Start date

Presently there is one entry point in September.

Tuition fees

The funding band for this degree apprenticeship is £27,000. This is the full cost of the apprenticeship which will be paid using your apprenticeship levy.

Entry requirements

You can specify your own requirements in addition to the University’s. Aston University students typically achieve ABB at A Level or equivalent including Maths and at least one further STEM based subject such as Physics, ICT, Computing or Electronics. Additional entry requirements from the government include:

  • A minimum of Grade C or 4 in GCSE Mathematics and English or equivalent
  • Be a UK/EU/EAA resident for at least three years prior to starting the course
  • Have left full-time education when the apprenticeship starts
  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Right to work in the UK.


Who is this apprenticeship for?

This apprenticeship is for those looking to launch a career in electrical or electronic engineering. Apprentices can range from new employees with no previous experience to existing professionals who have grown into their role, but lack a formal degree qualification.

Course outline

The apprenticeship is taught at undergraduate level. The first stage starts with on-campus technical training in the foundations of design and development with a focus on creating work-ready apprentices.

Stage one

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Computational Problem Solving
  • Electronic Engineering Fundamentals
  • Data Acquisition and Control
  • Engineering Projects

Stage two

  • Analogue and Power Electronics
  • Measurement, Automation and Data Processing
  • Digital Design
  • Signals and Systems
  • Internet of Things
  • Engineering Team Project.

Final stage

  • Digital Systems Design
  • Digital Systems Architecture
  • Advanced Embedded Systems.

Throughout the apprenticeship, learners will undertake sessions designed to develop their professional practice and encourage reflection on their personal development and effectiveness in the workplace.

The programme also includes a work-based project during the final stage that is tailored to their role within their organisation. This gives the apprentice the opportunity to showcase all the skills knowledge and behaviours they have gained throughout the apprenticeship.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning and teaching

After an initial six week training period, apprentices will learn through work-based learning and block-teaching on campus at Aston with an emphasis on individual and group project work. 

Most teaching is delivered through our virtual learning environment, Blackboard. Online teaching gives apprentices the flexibility to study from any location without the need to frequently travel to the Aston University campus.


Apprentices will be assessed regularly during the programme through coursework, practical assessments, group projects, work-based practice and by developing a portfolio.

The end point assessment

The apprenticeship concludes with the end point assessment (EPA). The EPA gives the apprentices the opportunity to showcase their academic, personal and professional development achievements throughout the apprenticeship.

This consists of a review of the apprentice's final project and portfolio, followed by an interview with representatives from Aston University, the employer, and an independent assessor. After the interview, based both on the apprentice's performance and portfolio, the assessors consider what grade should be awarded for the apprenticeship – fail, pass, merit or distinction.

Professional accreditation

This programme is accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET)*. 

Completing the programme gives apprentices enough experience to apply to become an Incorporated Engineer which offers many career benefits including improving earning potential.

*Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement as a Chartered Engineer.

Information for prospective apprentices

If you are considering undertaking a degree apprenticeship yourself, or you want to pass on information to a colleague who might be interested, take a look at the course page dedicated to prospective apprentices.

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