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Degree Apprenticeship - Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineering

Available for: 16-19, Higher Education, Apprenticeships,


An Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer applies their knowledge of electronics and of embedded software to the design of circuits or devices that provide a useful function. These designs must be capable of being manufactured at a competitive cost, as well as beingreliable and safe in use.

Course Details

This process involves the use of the engineer’s knowledge of electronics and electronic principles, married to an expertise in the end use of the final product. Examples of industrial sectors that rely heavily on Embedded Systems Design and Development Engineers include: Aerospace, Automotive, Automation and Instrumentation, Robotics, Telecommunications, Information and Computer Technology, Defence, Energy (including renewables), Transport and Consumer Electronics. This role provides the basis of learning with potential to specialise as a Hardware Engineer, Software engineer or Systems Engineer in these sectors, and can extend from design of integrated circuits through to complete systems.

Type of Work

Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineers will spend their careers in the aboveindustries developing the next generations of consumer products, such as smartphones, electric vehicles, communications satellites and smart grids, as well as bringing concepts like smart cities into reality. For others, an initial grounding in design and development will prove an excellent launch pad for a career in applications engineering, product management, marketing, or general management.

The Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer must be proficient in a wide range of skills, underpinned by academic understanding, to enable them to work across these sub-sectors and specialisms.

What you will study

Apprentices will complete a Degree that will support the fundamental scientific and mathematical principles that equip them with the understanding required to operate at a high levelwithin any of these sectors. This will be supported by vocational training to develop the required competencies specific to roles within the chosen sectors.

Level 4 (HNC) Units (at PROCAT 1 year full-time):

  • Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
  • Analytical Methods for Engineers
  • Computer Programming Techniques
  • Data Communications and Networks
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Digital and Analogue Devices and Circuits
  • Electrical and Electronic and Digital Principles
  • Engineering Science

Level 5 (HND) Units (at PROCAT 2 year day release or block release):

  • Research Project
  • Microprocessor Interfacing and Control
  • Advanced Mathematics for Engineering
  • Combinational and Sequential Logic
  • Microprocessor Systems
  • Operational Amplifiers
  • Telecommunication Principles
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles

Level 6 Modules (at University of Essex 1 year (20 weeks) plus end exams):

  • Individual Project
  • Advanced Embedded Systems Design
  • Signal Processing
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • High Level Digital Design


4 years.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants will be assessed on an individual basis in terms of prior academic qualifications and experience. Typically, candidates will have attained A-Level standard or equivalent in Mathematics, and at least one further STEM based subject-such as Physics, ICT, Computing or Electronics, as well as having completed English Language at GCSE (grade C or above).


The Apprenticeship Standard is at Level 6.


Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) accredited Honours Degree in Electronics or Electrical & Electronic Engineering,

Professional Registration:

Completion of the Apprenticeship will be recognised by the IET and other relevant Professional Engineering Institutions.


The standard will be initially reviewed after three years to ensure it reflects employer demand for changes in the syllabus.


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