Exeter College

FdSc Electronic Engineering

Recognised as one of the leading further education college in the country, we offer small class sizes and one-to-one support. We offer courses delivered by friendly staff with industry experience. We offer modern, specialist, acclaimed learning resource centres. The result of studying with us? You earn a nationally and internationally recognised qualification awarded by Plymouth University. 

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • EXCE1145 Mathematics

      This module is designed to provide the necessary mathematical underpinning skills and knowledge required to support a deeper understanding of the studies in engineering.

    • EXCE1146 Mechanical Science

      The aim of this module is to investigate a number of mechanical science principles, which underpin the design, and operation of engineering systems. Its intention is to give an overview, which will provide the basis for further study in specialist areas.

    • EXCE1147 Electrical Science

      This module aims to investigate a number of scientific principles to provide an understanding of electrical engineering systems as a basis for further study.

    Optional modules
    • EXCE1010 Embedded Systems

      This unit provides the learner with an understanding of Embedded systems through investigation and includes high and low level programming.

    • EXCE1015 Production Control Systems

    • EXCE1016 Design and CAD for Manufacturing

    • EXCE1017 Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC's) in Industry

    • EXCE1148 Materials for Manufacturing

      This module provides an introduction to Materials used within Engineering. It introduces the relationship between Processes, structure and properties. Additional areas are material behaviour, property enhancement through processes and failure modes.

    • EXCE1149 Analogue and Digital Electronics

      This module allows the basic understanding of a range of analogue electronic and digital electronic devices and circuits, using manufacturers data and circuit analysis.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • EXCE2012 Engineering Project

      This module develops strong links with industry and the student's role within the company. Both parties are asked to select a research project which will form an evaluative task required by the company for presentation on completion of the module.

    • EXCE2014 Further Mathematics

      This module is designed to provide the necessary mathematical underpinning skills and knowledge required to support a deeper understanding of the studies in engineering.

    • EXCE2015 Management Systems

      This module provides students with the analytical tools and concepts necessary to understand the main managerial issues in an engineering context.

    Optional modules
    • EXCE2008 Production Management Techniques

      This module builds on the principles and methods of managing production. A number of real world examples will be explored; These will include various scales and sectors. The emphasis will be on Total Quality Management and continuous improvement.

    • EXCE2010 Polyphase Machines and Distribution

      This module investigates the operation of power transformers and poly-phase induction motors, circuit protection systems and energy management.

    • EXCE2016 Further Digital Electronics

      This module builds on the elements of logic theory covered in the Digital and Analogue Electronics module and develops the theory from a basic understanding of simple digital techniques, to more practical and complex applications of both combinational and sequential logic, and micro controller based systems.

    • EXCE2017 Further Mechanical Systems

      To extend the students¿ knowledge of dynamics. Introduce students to fluid mechanics and the techniques used to predict the behaviour of fluids in engineering and the principles and laws of thermodynamics. This module provides the necessary background to enable students to progress in subject areas.

    • EXCE2018 Further Electrical Science

      This module builds on the elements of AC theory covered in the electrical science module and incorporates two port networks, complex numbers and transients in R-L-C circuits.

    • EXCE2019 Further Analogue Electronics

      This module allows investigation of transistor amplifier circuits, power electronic devices, operational amplifier circuits and filter design.

    • EXCE2020 Computer Aided Engineering and Computer Numerical Control (CAE and CNC)

      This module provides a practical introduction to industrial CAD and CAM systems, and allows the student to experience the link between a CAD produces drawing and the stages involved in the final CAM manufacture of an engineering component. The student has the opportunity to produce both manual and computer generated part programmes using fully integrated CAD/CAM software.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/business-partners/partnerships/academic-partnerships/study-guide/progression-to-honours-degree

Our partnership with Exeter College

Plymouth University has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by Plymouth University. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partners page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with Exeter College

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