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Broadcast and Media Systems Engineer (Integrated Degree Apprenticeship) - IFA Certificate / BEng (Hons)

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Degree Apprenticeships combine University study and work-based learning to enable you as an apprentice to gain a full bachelor’s degree. This provision of an academic undergraduate degree is integrated with experience, practice and learning in the workplace. You will have paid employment status and do not pay any training costs or student fees....

  • Level Apprenticeship
  • Study mode Blended Learning
  • Location City Centre
  • Award IFA Certificate / BEng (Hons)
  • Start date September 2023
  • School School of Computing and Digital Technology
  • Faculty Faculty of Computing, Engineering and The Built Environment

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Overview

Onboarding for September 2022 has now closed. Please make contact with the team to discuss September 2023 intakes at CEBEApprenticeships@bcu.ac.uk.

Degree Apprenticeships combine University study and work-based learning to enable you as an apprentice to gain a full bachelor’s degree. This provision of an academic undergraduate degree is integrated with experience, practice and learning in the workplace. You will have paid employment status and do not pay any training costs or student fees. Degree Apprenticeships are co-designed by employers ensuring that you are equipped with the skills employers need and for your future career.

The Standard and Assessment Plan for the Degree Apprenticeship in Broadcast and Media Systems Engineering1 have been designed by employers in the Broadcast Industries and include Arqiva, BBC Academy, Creative Skillset, IABM, Hattrick, BT Group, Bauer Media, BBC, Suitcase TV, Panasonic, dB Broadcast, The IET, International Moving Image Society, High Definition & Digital Cinema Ltd., Ericsson, Babcock International, ITV, Sky and Digital UK.

The apprenticeship standard contains an end-point assessment (EPA), which is a synoptic assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours that you have learnt throughout the apprenticeship. This will be provided by a registered end-point assessment organisation and delivered according to the published Apprenticeship Assessment Plan. The purpose of the end-point assessment is to make sure you meet the standard set by employers and are fully competent in the occupation. It is taken by you at the very end of the course when we are satisfied that you have met the “gateway” criteria to undertake the assessment. End-point-assessments are graded and an apprenticeship certificate is only awarded after end-point assessment is successfully completed.

To support the end-point assessment you are to develop a portfolio of evidence. The intention is that this portfolio will provide a record of the specific skills and knowledge you have developed, and to provide an opportunity to reflect on your personal development. Given the pace of change in technology, it is critical that you are self-aware and can self-manage your own professional development, and become a reflective practitioner. The requirement to reflect on your progress throughout the apprenticeship degree combined with formative feedback will develop the necessary skills and self-discipline to support this. The portfolio will be developed over all three years but be formally assessed as part of the EPA. Regular reviews will take place and personal tutors and work based mentors will help guide you in the development of this portfolio.

As an integrated apprenticeship the end-point assessment is tied into the degree course through a final year Professional Practice Development module, this module provides a final focus on personal development and review that has taken place throughout the apprenticeship.

The Degree Apprenticeship for the occupation of Broadcast and Media Systems Engineer at Birmingham City University leads to a BEng (Hons) Broadcast and Communications Engineering.

The degree course has been designed to give a varied skill-set, preparing you for the ever-changing world of broadcasting and increasing your employability on graduation.

Broadcast and Communications Engineering encompasses an exciting and varied range of roles. Broadcast engineers are responsible for maintaining the quality of service across all aspects of broadcasting, whether ensuring a transmitter stays operational, or making sure that audio and visual feeds and general equipment are working and that computer systems are effective.

Entry Requirements

As this is a degree apprenticeship employers will be looking for a strong academic performance. The minimum academic criteria is around 112 UCAS points (300 if before 2017), including a Maths A level or equivalent qualification and other science or technology subjects, for example, Computer Science, Physics or Electronics, or a BTEC in Engineering with Engineering Maths. We would also expect you to hold a GCSE at Grade 4 (C) or above in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be accepted.

Typical Offers (UK students)

At the point of application, you must have or be working towards GCSE at Grade 4 (C) or above in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu of GCSE subjects as long as the required subject are covered. Plus, you must have achieved or be completing one of the following:

 

UK Qualification

Requirements

GCE A Level/ AS Level

BBC at A Level or 112 UCAS tariff points from A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels and including A Level Maths at Grade C or above. Science or technology subjects desirable.

Access to Higher Education Diploma

60 credits overall. Minimum of 45 credits at level 3. Including 12 credits at Merit or Distinction with 9 in Mathematics and 3 in Science. Must already hold GCSE Mathematics and English Language Grade 4 (C) or higher or the equivalent at application point or currently taking.

BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years)/ Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points. A Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or a Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit.

BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years)/ Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DMM - 112 UCAS points. A Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or a Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit.

This course is not open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

On completing this degree apprenticeship, you will be ready to take on a range of roles, such as supporting audio and video content capture, working on production processes or supporting the distribution of content over cable, satellite and terrestrial networks or via internet streaming.

What's covered?

  • Our BEng (Hons) Broadcast and Communications Engineering course will equip you to face the demands of today’s rapidly evolving broadcast industry.
  • You will develop a wide range of skills and study technologies including: signal processing; coding and transmission; media compression; media storage; asset management; production and distribution system architectures; internet and web technologies for media production and transmission; personalised and interactive services; and broadcast standards.

The course comprises four main themes:

  • Audio and video: the technologies which produce and process broadcast signals.
  • Computing: programming and computing architectures, data storage, retrieval and security.
  • Networks: routing for IP networks, quality of service and network security.
  • Electrical and electronic engineering: the foundation technologies of circuitry and power distribution, and communication.

Why study on a higher or degree apprenticeship?

Essentially, you get the best of both worlds – all the academic challenge of a highly regarded degree, alongside a full-time wage and your first step on the career ladder with a prestigious employer.

You will work with and make connections with people in your chosen industry who can help you achieve your career goals in the future. And at the end of the course, you will have three years' work experience, a degree-level qualification, and you won’t owe any tuition fees.

Apprenticeship Course Requirements

Level 4

In order to complete this apprenticeship a learner must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

Module NameCredit Value
AV Acquisition and Presentation 20
Broadcast Technology 20
Computer Systems 20
Computer Networks 20
Engineering Mathematics 20
Electrical and Electronic Principles 20
Level 5

In order to complete this apprenticeship a learner must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

Module NameCredit Value
Audio and Video Processing 20
Computer Programming for Engineers 20
Database Technology 20
Computer Networks and IP Distribution 1 20
Computer Networks and IP Distribution 2 20
Principles of Communications Engineering 20
Level 6

In order to complete this apprenticeship a learner must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

Module NameCredit Value
Individual Honours Project 40
Professional Practice Development 20
Broadcast Workflow and Distribution Systems 20
Quality of Service 20
Broadcast Communications 20

Apply through the employer

The first step is to apply directly to an employer who is advertising an apprenticeship position. Opportunities are advertised throughout the year on the Government’s apprenticeships database.

In order to apply for a degree apprenticeship with us, you must secure an apprenticeship job with an employer first. Once you have done this, your employer will send you to study with us.

If you are successful at securing an apprenticeship position, your employer will contact us and we will then invite you to apply for the course.

If you are an employer and interested in enrolling an employee on to this apprenticeship then please email CEBEapprenticeships@bcu.ac.uk for more information.

Apply through the employer

Studying with us during the Covid-19 pandemic

The University has put in place measures in response to Covid-19 to allow us to safely deliver our courses. Should the impact of the pandemic continue in future years, any additional or alternative arrangements put in place by the University will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

Facilities & Staff

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Our Facilities

As a student in the School of Computing and Digital Technology, you will have access to our labs, software, professional sound studios, computer games labs and industry-standard facilities to develop your practical skills in audio, video and multimedia application development, content creation and more.

We are currently undertaking a £340 million investment programme in our facilities, including a major expansion of our City Centre Campus. This includes our brand new £70 million development, STEAMhouse, which will be the new home to Computing and Digital Technology students. This state-of-the-art centre will give you access to outstanding facilities and equipment, as well as opportunities to collaborate with businesses across multiple sectors and work on real industry-based projects.

Our facilities in Millennium Point have undergone a £6.5million investment with a new maker area, engineering labs/equipment and IT equipment.

Thanks to our partnerships with Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle, Juniper, SAS and LPI you will have access to the latest technology and facilities that reflect advanced professional practice. Our students also have access to software such as the Adobe Suite including Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.

Computing and Digital Technology facilities