The Systems Engineering Degree Apprenticeship

Students will develop advanced technical knowledge of electronics, embedded systems, software and hardware, and further develop their ability as an embedded system designer.


The Systems Engineering apprenticeship has been developed in collaboration with leading industry employers to provide you with relevant in-depth learning and valuable skills for the leadership of technical projects.

Electronic systems are at the core of the Industry 4.0 revolution and play a pervasive role in the operation of advanced manufacturing, the creation of novel consumer products and new medical technologies.

An individual project accounting for a third of the programme and optional modules will ensure that students apply their knowledge of advanced engineering principles to their professional work.

The ideal apprentice will be an ambitious, self-motivated graduate with an upper second class or higher award in an electronic engineering or other appropriate science degree, currently working in the electronics systems sector. They will be keen to progress and attain senior project manager roles.

A graduate of this degree apprenticeship will be capable of managing substantive projects and confidently leading their teams.

Course details

Part-time delivery, attending eight block weeks of study through the duration of the course.

Material will be delivered through a mixture of class contact, online webinars and tutorials, and remote support. The block weeks will be structured to ensure that students have time for class contact, project work and academic support sessions to create a balanced academic experience.

Indicative content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Core modules:

  • Project module (work-based learning project, which will form part of the assessment for the end-point assessment).
  • Embedded real time control systems.
  • Safety critical embedded systems.
  • System design using HDLs.
  • Professional development appraisal and continuing review.
  • High speed analogue circuit design.
  • Aircraft systems integration.
  • Aircraft systems verification.
  • Platform and major systems.

This is a practical programme with an emphasis on implementing core engineering principles in the design of electronic circuits and components.

You will mostly be assessed through demonstrations, presentations and project work. There is an exam in the first year


Postgraduate Diploma or MSc in Digital Electronic Systems Engineering.

Students can work towards professional accreditation, via the Professional Development Appraisal and Continuing Review module (- see ‘Business benefits’ section below).

Entry requirements

Entry requirements will be a minimum of a 2:1 honours degree in a relevant engineering discipline. Applicants who fall outside this requirement will be considered on an individual basis, taking into account relevant professional experience.

How to apply

Prospective students may only apply for a degree apprenticeship through their employer. If you are interested in any of our degree apprenticeship programmes, speak to your employer in the first instance.

There is funding available to sponsor employees’ professional development on degree apprenticeships. We will work with your employer directly to manage your application.

Benefits for businesses

Your employees will attend block weeks of study and study remotely whilst remaining in employment, ensuring relevance and flexibility for your business.

The Professional Development Appraisal and Continuing Review module consists of structured activities that allow students to identify their individual professional development needs and plan towards gaining professional accreditation. It helps students make best use of the formal professional and performance reviews that take place within their organisations.

Graduates of this degree apprenticeship will have strong leadership and planning skills, enhanced research skills and a greater depth of understanding of how electronic components are embedded in technology and systems. They will be ready to enter senior management roles and apply their learning to the benefit of your business.

Why UWE Bristol?

UWE Bristol is an experienced provider of training and education in partnership with the electronic systems industry. Our lecturers are research-active and have industry experience, providing a learning experience that is practical as well as academic.

This is a practical engineering programme and students will demonstrate their understanding of core engineering principles through the design of electronic components and circuits. You will learn in modern facilities, with access to well-equipped electronics, control systems and embedded systems laboratories during block week sessions.

We will also provide portable circuit design units that you can use at home or in your place of work. Simulation software is available to students so that you can test and verify proof of concept in your design work.

A mix of traditional and hands-on learning environments will help you learn essential knowledge and real-world skills, making you a valuable asset to your organisation.

Contact the Degree Apprenticeship Team

To find out more about the course, or for more information about the levy, funding available and degree apprenticeships, please email our Degree Apprenticeships Team at or call us on +44 (0)117 328 4888.