Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineering -Degree Apprenticeship

In partnership with the University of Essex

If your business is developing the next generations’ electronic products, then the knowledge and skills of an embedded system design and development engineer is vital.  

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This Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer standard, proposed by the Electronic Systems Community (ESCO) is the first degree apprenticeship of its kind. Apprentices, new entrants or existing employees, are enrolled on a four year IET accredited programme with PROCAT and the University of Essex. They will experience a blend of high quality practical and academic learning alongside contextual experience in the workplace. For the individuals the outcome is an Honours in Electronics or Electrical Engineering and Degree Apprenticeship Certification and for your business, the acquisition of the latest skills and knowledge.

How is the apprenticeship delivered?

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 & 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
  • Choice of seven modules CE315, CE316, CE320, CE321, CE324, CE334, CE336


The duration of this apprenticeship is approximately 48 months.

Location and Study Format

The first three years will be based and PROCAT Basildon and then the final year at University of Essex.

1st year – full-time
Years 2 and 3 – day/block release
Year 4 – 20 weeks full-time

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 Maths and at least one further STEM based subject such as Physics, ICT, Computing or Electronics and will have 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,

Apprentices without a Level 2 English and maths must complete this prior to taking the end-point assessment.

Professional Registration:

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

Funding Band:

This apprenticeship is in funding band 15 with a funding cap of £27,000.

For more information on how apprenticeship funding works for your organisation, click here.


Apprenticeship standard for an embedded
electronic systems design
and development engineer

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Assessment plan for an embedded electronic
systems design and development engineer

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Total Payroll (£):

0.5% levy charge: 75000

Less £15,000 allowance: 60000

10% top up to your Levy charge: 6000

If each apprentice costs £15,000 over 3 years (on average), this equals £5,000 per apprentice per year. With the allowance and top up value of £66,000 you would get value for money by hiring 12 apprentices.