Electronic and Communications Engineering with a Foundation Year

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 9 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 14.9 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jan 15, 2025
StudyQA ranking:4213 Duration:36 months

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In current technology, communications, computing and entertainment have converged to create completely new media possibilities and experiences. These creative industries need people who can combine digital technology skills with creative ability to meet design challenges.

Our multidisciplinary course in Multimedia Technology and Design offers the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge in areas such as web development and design of interactive applications, as well as a broad grounding in digital photography, digital film-making, 3D modelling and special effects.

Teaching in the School of Engineering and Digital Arts has been rated as excellent. The course is taught by a team of experts in design, animation, film-making, photography, web technology and programming. We have a team of senior industrialists who meet regularly with staff to review our courses, and there is an option to spend a year working in industry.

Kent graduates in this field have gone on to work for organisations such as Disney, BBC and Framestore.

Independent rankings

In the National Student Survey 2013, The School is ranked 12th for student satisfaction. And Art and design at Kent was ranked 6th in The Guardian University Guide 2014.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee
  • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
  • GBP 14860 Year (Non-EEA)

Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
Credits Total Kent credits: 360
Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time More information Go To The Course Website

Course Content

The course structure below gives a flavour of the modules that will be available to you and provides details of the content of this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules, you may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.

Stage 1

Possible modules may include:

EL313 - Introduction to Programming

EL331 - Website Design

EL334 - Internet Programming with Java

EL338 - Visual Communication

EL339 - Digital Photography

EL340 - Digital Effects

EL342 - Moving Image

EL542 - Creativity in Interactive and Tangible Media

Stage 2

Possible modules may include:

EL642 - Project Design

EL532 - Virtual Worlds and 3D Modelling

EL535 - Software Development

EL537 - Digital Portfolio

EL538 - Interaction Design

EL539 - Professional Practice

Stage 3

Possible modules may include:

EL640 - Mobile Application Design

EL636 - Final Year Project

EL638 - 3D Computer Animation Pipeline

EL639 - Videogames Design

EL635 - Visual Effects and Compositing

CB302 - Managers and Organisations

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6.5

To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

take an IELTS test.


The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications, typical requirements are listed below, students offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for further advice. It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.

Qualification Typical offer/minimum requirement
  • A level: BBB
  • GCSE: C in Mathematics
  • Access to HE Diploma: The University of Kent will not necessarily make conditional offers to all access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If an offer is made candidates will be required to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma): Distinction, Merit, Merit
  • International Baccalaureate: 34 points overall or 15 at HL including Mathematics 4 at HL or SL

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Access Bursary

    Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

  • Alumni Bursary

    Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Kent.



Kent offers generous financial support schemes to support eligible undergraduate students during their studies. Our 2013 financial support package includes a fee waiver and cash bursary, as well as additional funds on your Kent account to help with accommodation, food, books and other living costs. Find out more on our fees and funding page.

General scholarships

Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created a new scholarship, The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence, which will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications as specified on our funding pages.


Accreditation and rankings

All of our engineering degree programmes are accredited by our professional body, the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

The Times Good University Guide, The Guardian University Guide, The Complete University Guide and the National Student Survey (NSS) continually rank us among the top schools in the UK for our degree programmes, standard and quality of teaching, as well as our commitment to enhancing our students’ employability.

Our accreditation

Our Engineering degrees have been accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Our accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Our programmes in Computer Systems Engineering and Electronic and Communications Engineering provide you with a broad grounding in these vital fields.

Engineering Programmes at Kent have been continuously accredited by the IET for 30 years. The School of Engineering and Digital Arts is an IET Academic Partner.

EDA is proud to be a member of the Engineering Professors' Council – Promoting Excellence in Engineering in Higher Education.


League tables

  • 100% student satisfaction with course and 7th place overall in Guardian League Table 2014
  • 4th for Electronic Engineering for Teaching Excellence – 2013 Sunday Times University Guide
  • 1st for Electrical and Electronic Engineering Student Satisfaction – 2012 Times Good University Guide
  • 1st for Electrical and Electronic Engineering Student Satisfaction – 2012 Complete University Guide
  • 3rd place for student satisfaction across the sector in Complete University Guide 2014

National Student Survey (NSS)

  • 1st (for the fourth time) for student satisfaction, 2012
  • 3rd in the UK, in subject, for teaching, 2012
  • 3rd in the UK, in subject, for assessment and feedback, 2012

Job prospects

  • 7th place across the sector in Complete University Guide 2014 for employability – 90% take up of work or further study six months after graduation
  • 14th in the UK for Electrical & Electronic Engineering graduating students' employment prospects, in Times Good University Guide 2012
  • 90% of Kent Electronic Engineering students found employment or went onto further study within 6 months of graduating in 2010
  • 95% of Kent Design studies students found employment or went onto further study within 6 months of graduating in 2010

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