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Electronic Engineering with International Year One (2024)

1. Programme Title:

Electronic Engineering with International Year One

NQF Level:


2. Description of the Programme (as in the Business Approval Form)

This is an undergraduate degree programme with a fully embedded International Year One. In the first year of the programme students will develop their English language, academic skills and subject knowledge. Alongside Academic English and Study Skills for Engineers, students will study a number of engineering modules, in line with those studied by other first year undergraduate Engineering students; some of these will be studied alongside other first year students in CEMPs.  In the following year, students move to CEMPs and join the second year of their Electronic Engineering degree programme.


The Electronics Engineering programmes at Exeter are amongst a family of undergraduate programmes in engineering where we take a broad approach to the subject. Starting with a core first year and building on commonalities with other engineering disciplines we deliver a unique teaching style based on the pillars of analysis, design and sustainability.  In a fast-changing world we introduce advanced methodologies in analogue and digital electronics, digital signal processing, telecommunication systems, and microprocessor and microcontroller technologies.  Professional practice–led learning, delivered through credit-bearing work placements, industry-focussed modules and individual and team projects, spans the entire programme and ensures that our graduates are industry–ready.


3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The BEng in Electronic Engineering with International Year One programme aims to provide international students with additional support to meet the linguistic and academic requirements for progression to the second year of the degree course at Exeter and to provide the technical, communication and personal skills needed both in your further studies and throughout your professional career.


The BEng degree programme is designed to deliver all of the required learning outcomes as set out in UK-SPEC for a bachelors degree, and hence contributes towards graduates becoming professionally qualified engineers in the UK, with international recognition.  This programme is accredited as: 1. fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and 2. partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited further learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng. Graduates may apply for IEng or CEng registration through membership of an appropriate Professional Engineering Institution following an assessment of their subsequent professional development and experience.


Engineering programmes at the University of Exeter are based on a philosophy of having a common general engineering first year focusing on fundamentals and subsequently specialized teaching in a particular discipline by staff who have expertise in that particular field.


Higher level modules (including projects) are based on research-led teaching methods building upon the expertise of the electronic engineering academic staff.


The programme aims to enable students to become:

(a)  flexible engineering graduates equipped to work effectively within engineering design and practice contributing specialist skills, demonstrating an awareness of the context within which they work, and taking responsibility for their own personal and professional development;

(b)  graduates who need only to complete an appropriate period of further study or matching section to be educationally qualified to become chartered engineers within the appropriate sector of industry.

(c)  aware of the environmental, economic, social and sustainability issues that are an integral part of the professional engineer's role in society;

(d)  able to work well in multi-disciplinary groups with experience of communication, organization, planning and logistics.


Through this programme, students will be provided with learning opportunities to match their abilities and aspirations, personal academic and pastoral support throughout their university career, appropriate methods of teaching and assessment and a programme of study that they find demanding, interesting and intellectually stimulating, while allowing them to enjoy other aspects of university life. The College will also seek to promote the role of industry and engineering institutions and the benefits that they can provide to undergraduates e.g. through links with the industrial club and student membership of the engineering institutions. 

4. Programme Structure

The BEng Electronic Engineering with International Year One programme is a 3 year programme of study at Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) level 6 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). This programme is divided into 3 ‘Stages’. Each Stage is normally equivalent to an academic year.  The programme is also divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.


The first stage of the programme will be taught by INTO University of Exeter with the subsequent stages being taught by The College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Science (CEMPS) at Exeter.


Interim Awards

If you do not complete the programme, you may be able to exit with a lower qualification. If you have achieved 120 credits, you may be awarded a Certificate of Higher Education, and if you achieve 240 credits, where at least 90 credits are at level 2 or above, you may be awarded a Diploma of Higher Education.


5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the CEMPS or INTO webistes:

Stage 1

Code Title Credits Compulsory NonCondonable
INT1101English Language and Study Skills for Engineering30YesYes
INT1109Entrepreneurship Skills Development 115YesNo
INT1106Engineering Mathematics30YesYes
INT1107Electronics for Engineers15YesYes
INT1108Core Engineering (Mechanics, Materials and Electronics)15YesYes
Please select 15 credits from:
INT1104Materials and Manufacturing: Core Engineering 215NoYes
INT1105Engineering Mechanics: Core Engineering 215NoYes

Note: One out of INT1104, INT1105 and INT1107 may be condoned, subject to the rules specified above and detailed in the programme assessment and progression regulations.

Stage 2

Code Title Credits Compulsory NonCondonable
ENG2003Electronic Engineering Challenge Project30YesYes
ENG2009Modelling of Engineering Systems 15YesYes
ENG2017Communication and Networking Technologies15YesYes
ENG2118Analogue and Digital Electronics Design15YesYes
ENG2004 Entrepreneurship 215YesNo
ENG2008Microcontroller Engineering15YesYes
ENG2006Industry 4.0: Automation and Artificial Intelligence15YesNo

Progression from 2nd to 3rd year:

Students must have gained an average of 60% or more in the first 2 years to transfer from the BEng to the MEng (weighting is 40% 1st year, 60% 2nd year).

Stage 3

Code Title Credits Compulsory NonCondonable
ECM3175Individual Project30YesYes
ENG3018Control Engineering15YesNo
ENG3004Engineering Electromagnetics15YesNo
ECM3165Digital Signal Processing 15YesNo
ECM3166Communications Engineering 15YesNo
Option Group A: Select 1:
ECM3153Management of Product Development 15NoNo
ENG3010Industrial Awareness & Problem Solving15NoNo
ENG3011Management and Leadership15NoNo
PHY3222Energy, Materials and Sustainability15NoNo
ENG3023Zero Emission Vehicles 15NoNo

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning & Assessment Methods

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to: Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be accommodated & facilitated by the following learning & teaching and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

A Specialised Subject Skills & Knowledge

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:

(A) Demonstrate:

1.   mathematical methods and their use, together with computational methods, for modelling, analysis, design and communication in engineering.

2. a broad base of scientific principles underpinning electronic, material, mechanical and civil engineering.

3.  the characteristics and uses of engineering materials and components

4.  a range of principles and design methods relating to the chosen engineering discipline in general, with in-depth knowledge and understanding in some specialist areas

5.  management and business practices, including finance, law, marketing, personnel and quality

6.  ethical and social issues related to engineering and professional responsibilities

7.  operate in English effectively, including in the context of engineering, and with the skills necessary for an academic context.

Learning & Teaching Activities

Material is introduced by lectures and directed reading/research and students are given very clear guidance in how to manage their learning. Understanding is developed and consolidated in tutorials and by laboratory and private study exercises, carried out individually and in groups, both self-assessed and tutor marked to provide rapid feedback. Project work is used extensively to integrate material and make knowledge functional.

1 is supported explicitly by dedicated mathematics modules in the first two years and then developed by use in other modules throughout the programme.

2 and 3 are supported by Core Engineering modules in stage 1.

4 is developed by discipline specific modules.

5 and 6 are supported by specific interdisciplinary modules from stage 2 onwards.

7 is explicitly addressed during English Language and Study Skills for Engineers in year 1 which employs a variety of learning activities and teaching methods including teacher-led groups, student presentations, seminars and set tasks.

Assessment Methods

Direct assessment is through a range of formal written examinations, both open and closed book, and marked coursework in the form of problem sheets, laboratory reports, reports/essays based on directed reading and research.

Project work is assessed through a combination of supervisor’s report, self and peer assessment and formal assessment of final reports and presentations. Academic English is assessed through a presentation, a seminar, exams and written tasks.

B Academic Discipline Core Skills & Knowledge

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:

(B) Intellectual (thinking) skills:

8.  demonstrate a systematic and creative approach to problem solving.

9.  apply appropriate mathematical methods, scientific principles and computer based methods to the modelling, analysis and solution of practical engineering problems.

10.  create a complete design, product or service to meet a customer need, starting from negotiation of specifications, showing creativity and justifying all decisions.

11.  take a holistic approach to design and problem solving.

12.  assess and manage risks (e.g.: commercial, safety, environmental etc.).

13.  take personal responsibility for acting in a professional and ethical manner.

(C) Practical skills:

14.  select and use appropriate ICT based tools for analysis, design and communication of designs.

15.  select and use laboratory instrumentation appropriately and correctly

16.  construct prototype products, systems, experimental apparatus etc.

17.  work safely in laboratory, workshop environments etc., and promote safe practice.

Learning & Teaching Activities

8 and 9 are integrated into most modules and developed steadily throughout the 3 years. Practical tools to implement 10 are introduced in “Engineering Design Activities” as part of the Professional Studies and Skills Development module in the 1st year.

10 and 11 are then introduced and developed more systematically in Introduction to Electronic/ Mechanical/Civil Engineering Design in year 2 and Electronic/Mechanical/ Civil Engineering Design Studies in year 3.

13 is initially introduced by the Core Engineering (Project) module in Stage 1 and the Professional Studies and Skills Development modules in Stage 2,  expounded further, along with 12, in Engineer in Society in year 3. All these skills are developed in the 3rd year Group Project, this project represent the culmination of many themes in the programmes.

The practical skills (14 – 17) are explicitly introduced in “Engineering Design Activities” as part of the Core Engineering (Project) module in the 1st year, and then developed in laboratory work carried out as an integral part of many modules, and in the project work which makes up much of the programme, particularly in the 3rd year.

Assessment Methods

Analytical skills are assessed within many modules through a range of formal written examinations, both open and closed book, and marked coursework in the form of problem sheets etc. These skills are primarily shown in project work however. Modules in 2nd and 3rd years include many small-scale projects, assessed by practical work/results and reports. These lead into the 3rd year Individual Project, assessed on the basis of practical work/results and final report by a supervisor and second examiner against clearly set out assessment criteria.

The practical skills are assessed in part through laboratory reports throughout the 1st and 2nd years, but mainly through project work in the 3rd year where they are used extensively.

C Personal / Transferable / Employment Skills & Knowledge

18. communicate effectively and persuasively, accurately and reliably using the full range of currently available methods.

19.  manage resources and time.

20.  work in a team, which may be multi-disciplinary.

21.  learn independently, identifying own personal development needs and goals, reflecting on own performance and managing own personal development.

22.  obtain and process information from a wide range of sources, which may be conflicting, analyse it critically and apply this information in engineering applications.

23.  sort, manipulate and present data in a way that facilitates effective analysis and decision making.

Learning & Teaching Activities

All of these skills are specifically introduced as part of the Core Engineering (Project) in Stage 1 and Professional Studies and Skills Development modules in year 2, and then used increasingly throughout the programme.

18 is incorporated into all modules, especially the English Language and Study Skills for Engineers module in year 1. It is further developed through regular oral and written presentations of work, particularly in the main projects.

19 and 21 are initially developed in the 1st year with students being required to carry out regular reviews of their own progress, upon which they get formal feedback.

20 is explicitly introduced during the Core Engineering (Project) module, and then developed through laboratory and project group work in many modules.

22 and 23 are similarly developed by a wide range of project and assignment work culminating in the Stage 3 Individual Project.

Assessment Methods

Assessment of key skills is mostly through items of coursework: written and oral presentations, and through project work.

18 is explicitly assessed in the English Language and Study Skills for Engineers in Stage 1 and in the Professional Studies and Skills Development modules in Stage 2, and then used increasingly throughout the programme in many module assessments, particularly in the main projects.

19 and 21 is implicit in much of all students’ study but is explicitly tested in the main projects.

20 is implicitly assessed in Stage 1 and then developed through laboratory and project work in many modules.

22 and 23 are implicitly assessed in many modules.

7. Programme Regulations


The programme consists of 360 credits with 120 credits taken at each stage. Normally not more than 75 credits would be allowed in any one term. In total, students normally take no more than 150 credits at level 1, and must take at least 90 credits at level 3.

The pass mark for award of credit in an individual module is 40%.



Progression to the second stage requires students achieve a mark of at least 50% over the 90 academic credits and 65% in INT1101.



This programme is accredited by a PSRB under licence from the Engineering Council. Therefore, the latest Engineering Council regulations on condonement apply to this programme. Please find further details in the TQA Manual here:


Assessment and Awards

UG Programmes: Assessment at stage one does not contribute to the summative classification of the award. The award will normally be based on the degree mark formed from the credit weighted average marks for stages 2 and 3 combined in the ratio 1:2 respectively.



The marking of modules and the classification of awards broadly corresponds to the following marks:

Undergraduate Degrees                                        

Class I    70% +                                                       

Class II   Division I 60-69%                                        

Class II   Division II 50-59%                                       

Class III  40-49%


Full details of assessment regulations for UG programmes can be found in the Teaching Quality Assurance Manual (TQA) on the University of Exeter website.  Generic marking criteria are also published here.


Please see the Teaching and Quality Assurance Manual for further guidance.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Personal and Academic tutoring: It is University policy that all Colleges should have in place a system of academic and personal tutors. The role of academic tutors is to support you on individual modules; the role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support for the duration of the programme and extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.


Information Technology (IT) Services provide a wide range of services throughout the Exeter campuses including open access computer rooms, some of which are available 24 hours, 7 days a week. Help may be obtained through the Helpdesk, and most study bedrooms in halls and flats are linked to the University's campus network.

Additionally, the College has its own dedicated IT support staff, helpdesk and computer facilities which are linked to the wider network, but which also provide access to some specialised software packages.  Email is an important channel of communication between staff and students in the College and an extensive range of web-based information ( ) is maintained for the use of students, including a comprehensive and annually revised student handbook.

The Harrison Learning Resource Centre is generally open during building open hours. The Centre is available for quiet study, with four separate rooms that can be booked for meetings and group work. Amongst its facilities, the Learning Resource Centre has a number of desks, four meeting rooms with large LCD screens, and free use of a photocopier. Also available are core set texts from your module reading lists, and undergraduate and MSc projects from the past two years. Online Module study resources provide materials for modules that you are registered for, in addition to some useful subject and IT resources. Generic study support resources, library and research skills, past exam papers, and the 'Academic Honesty and Plagiarism' module are also available through the student portal (


In addition to the centrally provided services detailed above, INTO University of Exeter also provides

  • Its own computer suites, printing facilities and AccessAbility.
  • One–to-one language tutorials to support subject assignments.
  • Dedicated support for applications for further study.
  • Dedicated on-line resources on ELE for each programme and module
  • Language counsellors who speak a range of languages and who provide pastoral care and can communicate in the student's own native language.
  • A social programme specifically for INTO University of Exeter students


With regard to specific learning difficulties, depending on the needs, we put in place a support package.  We have a member of staff trained in dyslexia diagnosis and support. We also liaise with AccessAbility, who can provide information and resources. Some examples of support are:

  • One-to-one tuition for specific learning difficulties
  • Mentors for students with mental health problems
  • Diagnostic tests for specific learning difficulties
  • Guides, readers or scribes
  • Access to Braille versions of text
  • Sign language interpreters
  • Note takers
  • Technical needs assessments (also for Disabled Students’ Allowance (UK nationals only))
  • Extra time allowance where necessary, for example, for exams. 


However, for International Students there are likely to be cost implications for some of these support elements. 


Student/Staff Liaison Committee enables students & staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

10. Admission Criteria

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.


Candidates must satisfy the general admissions requirements of the University of Exeter.


For entry to the BEng Electronic Engineering with International Year One, academic entry requirements are:


Mathematics – levels to be determined on a country-by-country basis, broadly equivalent to a C grade at A-level (360 guided learning hours).


A second 'hard science' must have also been studied e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Further/Additional Mathematics and/or Physics.


English IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in all sub-skills (or equivalent).


The grade range is satisfactory completion of A-levels or equivalent, a recognised foundation programme or first year of an overseas university programme. Country-specific entry qualifications can be obtained from INTO Admissions.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.


The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice.  See the University's TQA Manual for details.

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

Certain programmes are subject to accreditation and/or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

The BEng Electronic Engineering with International Year One is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) as: 1. fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). 2. partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited further learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng. See for further information.

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

Accreditation is awarded for a maximum of 5 years under each assessment exercise. The dates applicable to the current accreditation of this degree programme can be viewed on the Engineering Council list of accredited degrees:


14 Awarding Institution University of Exeter
15 Lead College / Teaching Institution College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences
16 Partner College / Institution INTO University of Exeter
17 Programme accredited/validated by University of Exeter
18 Final Award(s) BEng (Hons)
19 UCAS Code (UG programmes) H613
20 NQF Level of Final Awards(s): 6
21 Credit (CATS and ECTS) 360 (180 ECTS)
22 QAA Subject Benchmarking Group (UG and PGT programmes) Engineering
23 Origin Date February 28th 2024 Last Date of Revision: March 25th 2024