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If you’re already working, and want to top up your HND or Foundation degree to a full honours degree, this Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer top-up degree apprenticeship is ideal.

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Typically, on this 1-year course, you'll spend 1 day a week studying for your degree and the other 4 days in work, but there may be occasional additional days you'll spend at the University. The Government or your employer pay your tuition fees – so it doesn’t cost you anything. This degree apprenticeship is suitable for anyone over 18, that has a HND, Foundation degree, or 2 years of degree study in a relevant subject with overall grade of merit, or above.

You'll study with other apprentices and students in a way that reflects real working relationships. You'll get to put the skills you learn to work instantly in your job, contributing to the success of your company. You'll graduate with a BEng (Hons) in Electronic Engineering.

What you'll experience

On this course, you’ll:

  • Get a full honours degree, while earning a salary
  • Develop knowledge and skills in electronic engineering, covering topics such as advanced electronic systems, digital signal processing and embedded systems
  • Get a personal tutor from the University and a workplace mentor
  • Have access to labs equipped with industry-standard experimental and computational hardware and software, including FPGA target hardware, conveyor belts and Matlab
  • Meet like-minded professionals to build a network of peers
  • Get practical work experience in your job, giving you an advantage over students who do a traditional degree
  • Have access to the University's student support services and community including the Library, study support, sports and recreation facilities, and the Students’ Union

You'll typically go to university 1 day a week to attend lectures, seminars and workshops, but there may be occasional additional days you'll spend at the University. On any weeks you don't go to University, you'll still spend 20% of your time studying or training away from your normal working environment.

Work experience and career planning

The specialist skills and knowledge you develop on this apprenticeship will help you advance your career and boost your promotion prospects.

With a degree, you could also study at Master's level after the course.


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • laboratory sessions

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • end-of-year exams
  • computer-based tests
  • coursework
  • presentations

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Programme Structure

Core modules in this year include:

  • Advanced Electronic Systems – 20 credits
  • Digital Signal Processing – 20 credits
  • Individual Project – 40 credits
  • Real-time Embedded Systems – 20 credits
  • VHDL & FPGA Systems – 20 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

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Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months

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120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

A relevant HND, Foundation degree, or successful completion of 2 years of degree study in a relevant subject with overall grade of merit, or above. Applicants may need to attend an interview and/or submit a portfolio in support of their application.

All applicants to the Degree Apprenticeship courses must have an acceptable Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics. Acceptable qualifications include GCSE with grade C/4 or above and Functional Skills with Pass - please note that we are not able to accept all kinds of Level 2 qualifications, so if you are unsure whether you have a suitable qualification please get in touch. If you do not have an acceptable qualification you may be required to take an additional assessment during the application process.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Tuition Fee

The course fee is shared between the Government and some employers, meaning no cost to you as the degree apprentice.

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Living costs for Portsmouth

710 - 1099 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The course fee is shared between the Government and some employers, meaning no cost to you as the degree apprentice. The total tuition fee is £9,000 paid over 1 year. 

The cost of End-Point Assessment (EPA) is in addition to course fees. Please contact us for more information.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Electronic Engineering (Top-Up) (Degree Apprenticeship)
University of Portsmouth


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