NCUK updates the International Year One in Electrical & Electronic Engineering for 2023-24


NCUK has recently updated its International Year One in Electrical & Electronic Engineering qualification, to be launched in the 2023/24 academic year.

The review of this qualification and the modules within it was conducted in the 2021/22 academic year, as part of NCUK’s regular full reviews that take place every five years. The updated syllabus and assessments were developed by subject matter experts, ensuring a contemporary offering for students. The International Year One in Electrical & Electronic Engineering enables students to complete the first year of their undergraduate degree at an NCUK Study Centre of their choice. Upon successful completion, they gain guaranteed* entry to one of 15+ NCUK University Partners located across the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.

Student using electronic equipment


During the review of the International Year One in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, areas for improvement were identified. The review emphasised the need to reduce requirements for facilities and apparatus for practical work, making the qualification more accessible while maintaining high standards. Furthermore, the shift towards digital assessments has led to a focus on making assessments easily accessible in-person and remotely/online. Finally, there is a renewed emphasis on a seamless progression to Computer Science and other related courses.

In collaboration with subject matter experts, NCUK has implemented several enhancements and updates to the International Year One in Electrical & Electronic Engineering based on the identified areas for improvement. A number of modules have been consolidated and updated to facilitate more efficient learning, and the entire content has been refreshed with updated materials. The combination of assessments has been optimised by reducing coursework tasks and changing modules. To provide students with real-world experience and develop their project management, team working, and design skills, a new ‘Electronics Design Project’ has also been introduced.

Students working on electronics

The updated International Year One in Electrical & Electronic Engineering is excellent news for students aiming to pursue undergraduate degrees in this field. The UK Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) report stated that non-UK students studying engineering and technology courses in the UK increased by 14% between the 2019/20 and 2021/22 academic years, with similar trends observed in Australia and New Zealand.

With the refreshed content, optimised assessments, and new Electronics Design Project, students will be well-equipped to progress to undergraduate degrees in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and related fields.

The updated qualification provides an excellent opportunity for Study Centres to offer a competitive and relevant learning experience to their students. With the availability of the updated qualification in the upcoming 2023/24 academic year, students can expect to gain the skills and knowledge required to succeed in the dynamic field of Electrical & Electronic Engineering.

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