BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Control Systems Engineering

This course has been developed to meet the demand and skills shortages of the electrical and electronic control systems industry.  The course provides grounding in experiential learning, practical skills, design, and management and prepares students for roles such as Senior Test Engineer and Automation Engineer. 

Electrical and electronic engineers are concerned with making our products faster, cheaper, smaller and better.  Electrical and electronic engineers equipped with communication and problem solving skills are vital in the ongoing development and production of a diverse range of commercial products, from bread to jet engines, mobile phones to banking services. The completion of this course is a starting point to achieving a Chartered Engineer status with The IET (The Institution of Engineering and Technology).

The first year covers core engineering principles and technologies such as mathematics, electrical engineering, electronics, mechanical engineering and programming. You will also spend time completing structured design projects.

In the second year there is greater emphasis on the application of the Year 1 core principles through design in modules such as embedded systems, instrumentation and automation in industry.  There will also be an opportunity to participate in a team engineering project taking requirement of a conceptual design. 

The final year enables students to investigate and critically evaluate different design methodologies in electrical and electronic control systems engineering and provides an opportunity to take part in research and development through the undergraduate major project.

The BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Control Systems Engineering degree has been endorsed by regional engineering companies (such as Hotpoint, ABB) and also provides a pathway for postgraduate courses.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.

  • The engineering department at the university centre is well connected to the engineering community in the Greater Peterborough Area.

  • Our academic staff have extensive industrial experience in a wide variety of fields such as electronic design, manufacturing, instrumentation, power installations, software and automation.

  • The engineering department boasts six specialist laboratories including, Electronics, Thermodynamics. Automation, Mechanical Measurement, Materials Testing and Electrical Power.

  • Peterborough’s excellent transport links and digital infrastructure has been a magnet for a wide range of engineering companies to set up and recruit local talented graduates.

64 UCAS points with at least one qualification in a related subject:

  • A-levels (in Mathematics and Physics)
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
  • IB Diploma
  • Access to HE

Students who have completed a level 4 or 5 qualification in Engineering (such as HNC/D or FdSc) may be entitled to module exemptions in either years 1 or 2.

Students who do not qualify by any of these qualifications should call 01733 214466 or email to discuss equivalent qualifications and previous experience.

You must have GCSEs English, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above.

We accept A level General Studies and AS levels when combined with other full qualifications.

If English is not your first language you will require IELTS score of 6.0 or above or an equivalent English Language qualification.

A face to face interview is required before an offer can be made.


APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.


UCP offers students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning processes ensure that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you should identify any relevant prior learning when you apply.  If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.


It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, in which their claim is justified in detail and is supported by relevant evidence. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.

If you have any questions about entry requirements contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
  • Introduction to Engineering Mathematics (15 credits)
  • Programming for Engineers (15 credits)
  • Digital and Analogue Electronics (15 credits)
  • Product Specification and Design (15 credits)
  • Further Engineering Mathematics (15 credits)
  • Electronic Circuit Design and Manufacture (15 credits)
  • Mechanical Principles 1 (15 credits)
  • Electrical Principles (15 credits)
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • Applied Engineering Mathematics (15 credits)
  • Business Management for Engineers (15 credits)
  • Embedded Systems Development (15 credits)
  • Instrumentation (15 credits)
  • Electrical Systems and Applications (15 credits)
  • Engineering Design Team Project (15 credits)
  • Automation in Industry (30 credits)
Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • Undergraduate Major Project (30 credits)
  • Control Systems Engineering (15 credits)
  • Project Management for Engineers (15 credits)
  • Embedded Software Engineering (15 credits)
  • RF Systems and Circuit Design (15 credits)
  • Digital Signal Processing (15 credits)
  • Power Systems Engineering (15 credits)

Click here for more information about each of the core modules.

A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study.  A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study.  A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.

When studying this course at University Centre Peterborough, we will timetable your lectures as two full days a week over two semesters per year (part-time will be one full day a week over two semesters per year).

Over the duration of your course, teaching will be delivered by the following methods:

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
  • 40%     Lectures
  • 40%     Seminars
  • 20%     Workshops
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • 35%     Lectures
  • 45%     Seminars
  • 20%     Workshops
Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • 30%     Lectures
  • 45%     Seminars
  • 25%     Workshops

Each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes up to 12 teaching weeks and 3 assessment weeks. If studying full-time you will be in classes, seminars and tutorials for approximately 15 hours per week and will spend the rest of your time in independent study and extra-curricular activities.

We recommend that full-time students allow up to an additional 30 hours per week for additional study. The campus is open Monday to Friday throughout the whole year and open late until 9.00pm from Monday to Thursday during term time. You also have 24/7 access to online resources from Anglia Ruskin University.

Timetables are available at least one month before enrolment and you can refer to the academic calendar for examination weeks and resit periods. Note that the days of the week you study may change each year and in some circumstances one of the full days might have to be split into two half days, but we aim to keep these as full days where possible.

Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods:

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
  • 35%     Coursework
  • 30%     Written Exams
  • 35%     Practical Exams
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • 40%     Coursework
  • 25%     Written Exams
  • 35%     Practical Exams
Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • 55%     Coursework
  • 10%     Written Exams
  • 35%     Practical Exams

We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.

Formative assessment opportunities are written into all module plans to provide students with on-going feedback.  End of semester assessments will have formative opportunities in weeks 9 or 10 of the semester.  In addition revision sessions will be held in week 12.

Your final degree classification is calculated as an average of your highest 60 credits at Level 5 and all credits at Level 6.

70%+         First
60-69%     2:1
50-59%     2:2
40-49%     Third

Future careers after completing this course may include:

  • Senior Test Engineer
  • Automation Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Control Engineer
  • Safety Systems Engineer
  • Electrical/ Electronic Technical Support Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Installation Manager

I am the Course Leader for the BEng Engineering degrees at University Centre Peterborough and HNC/HND Engineering qualifications at Peterborough Regional College. I have been teaching since September 2009 and joined University Centre Peterborough in December 2012.

External commitments include being a Visiting Lecturer at Hubei University of Technology, Wuhan, China and an Examiner for Pearson Education.

Prior to teaching, I worked in industry for 11 years and have a background in electronic and manufacturing engineering, working for Walkbury Electronics Ltd and Perkins Engines Co Ltd/Caterpillar Inc based in Peterborough.


  • MScInformation Technology (CEng Accredited), De Montfort University
  • BSc (Hons) Electronic Engineering, De Montfort University
  • BA Open Degree, The Open University
  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), University of Greenwich
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP), Queen Mary University of London

When you have chosen a course to study at University Centre Peterborough, your next step is to make an application.

All full-time applications for UK and EU students must be made to UCAS via a web-based tracker system – (the institution code for University Centre Peterborough is P56).

All part-time applications can be submitted directly to University Centre Peterborough. You can download and complete the following form then email to, or send it through the post, or visit us in person.

Before you apply, please check that you meet the entry requirement which is listed on the course information pages.


For full-time undergraduate and HNC/D applications, we advise you to make an application for your chosen course as soon as possible to secure your place. We will process your application within 1 to 5 working days so you know if you have a successfully received an unconditional or conditional offer. We are available to help you through every step of the way.

The next start date for this course is w/c 14th September 2020. You can apply for this course from 21 May 2019.

If you have any questions about making an application contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email

Key Facts

Institution code
Accredited by:
Anglia Ruskin University

University Centre Peterborough (90%) / Peterborough Regional College (10%)

Duration and Delivery

3 years full-time
(2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

3 to 6 years part-time depending on APCL
(1 full day a week over two semesters per year)

Start Date
The next start date for this course is w/c 14th September 2020. You can apply for this course from 21 May 2019. If you would like to start a Engineering course in September 2019, please apply for the HNC Engineering.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students starting in 2019/20 will be £8,000 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities.

All full-time undergraduate students will receive £500 cash reward at the end of every year and students from low income households can apply for a £500 cash bonus after the first semester of every year (subject to eligibility).

Fees for part-time study are pro-rata depending on the number of credits you are studying (i.e. 60 credits per year will be 50% of the tuition fee).

There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.

Additional Notes

Click here for terms and conditions 2019/20 including our complaints policy.

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