Semiconductor Technologies Degree Apprenticeship

BSc (Hons) in Semiconductor Technologies Apprenticeship

This Degree Apprenticeship meets the upskilling needs of employers in the semiconductor industry in Wales as it enables employees to study towards a degree whilst continuing to work.  The employees will be able to take what they learn on the course and apply it in the workplace.  

This Degree Apprenticeship is designed to be accessible for a number of employers of all sizes. This ensures the apprenticeship meets the priorities set out by Welsh Government to widen participation and provide accessibility to SMEs within the region.


Treforest PT Degree Apprenticeship 5 NA

Following modules will be spread over 5 years:

Level 4

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Electrical Technology
  • Semiconductor Technology
  • Control and instrumentation
  • Electronics 1
  • C Programming for Electronic Hardware Applications

Level 5

  • Concepts of Analogue and Digital Communication
  • Power, Machines and Power Electronic Devices
  • Individual Project
  • Electronic Test Systems and Reliability
  • Business, Safety and Employability (Distance)
  • Electronics 2

Level 6

  • Industrial Singleton Project
  • Industrial Management
  • Communication Engineering and Application
  • Optoelectronics and Sensors
  • Semiconductors


The course is delivered through a range of lectures, seminars and practical workshops as well as guided independent study. Independent learning skills are a critical aspect of the degree, and this enables graduates with the ability to develop new skills throughout their careers.


Assessment methods include assignments, coursework and examinations.


Our industry-standard facilities help you make the transition from the classroom into an employment setting. We have three suites that include an embedded systems lab, general electronics lab, and power and renewable energy lab.

Our embedded systems lab contains high-end terminals that run cutting edge development tools that have been designed in conjunction with our sponsor, Renesas – the world’s leading supplier of microcontrollers. This sponsorship means our students are taught using the most up-to-date technologies and development tools.

The general electronics lab is split into three sections – Computer Aided Design (CAD) and embedded systems, practical electronics, and communication engineering. You will learn how to use industry-standard software, construct prototypes, build and test printed circuit boards and use a range of equipment such as oscilloscopes and signal generators. In the communication engineering section, you will undertake experimental set-ups to support your understanding of theoretical principles. These set-ups include analogue and digital modulation schemes, microwave antennas, time and frequency division multiplexing, coding, transmission lines and fibre optics.

The power and renewable energy lab is where you will learn about the key components and construction skills involved in planning, designing, building and testing electronic circuits which are used in micro renewable energy systems. You will design and simulate your very own renewable systems, analyse performances and produce feasibility reports. Equipment you will find yourself using includes a photovoltaic solar energy unit, wind energy unit and lab-volt stations.


Course leader: Dr Ali Roula


The University’s online learning environment, UniLearn, provides access to information about your course, through your Course Organisation, and materials and resources for each of your modules to support your learning as set out in the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Minimum Requirements Policy. Further details and help with using UniLearn can be found here.

Details of all your assessments are provided through UniLearn and short-notice changes will also be posted here, so it’s important to log in regularly. 

A comprehensive list of helpful online resources and information related to study skills including writing, referencing and I.T. skills can be found here.  

Personal Coaching and Progress Monitoring

The purpose of PAC is to help you remain successful through a conversation about your academic and professional progress on all aspects of the Course. There will be three meetings per year:

  • At Induction as a group you will be assigned a Personal Academic Coach (PAC!)– this will be a member of academic staff from your course. Here you can raise any initial issues.
  • Before Christmas an individual 20/30 minute conversation with your PAC about your progress so far, and how you can plan for success.
  • In term 2 another individual meeting to reflect on your achievements so far and consider ways forward.
  • Your PAC will confirm dates and times of your meetings following induction. 
  • Your are required to keep a logbook detailing your activities and learning in the workplace and present it during you PAC meetings. 

Advice Zones

Advice Zones are the first point of contact for advice and information regarding university life. Advice Assistants offer confidential, impartial guidance and advice on a range of issues including extenuating circumstances. Advice Assistants are also able to answer and advise on your queries, questions or concerns regarding booking appointments with specialist teams such as Counselling, Disability and Dyslexia, Money Advice and Progression Advice.

Details of Advice Zones can be found here

If you are being taught at a Partner College e.g. through a franchise course, please contact your college in the first instance if you have queries.

Advice Zone Online

Advice Zone Online is the University’s online student support system. It is one central place where you can access support 

Advice Zone Online lets students view Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and ask new questions, which will connect them with the right team at the University to get help. 

Appointments with a range of support services can also be booked here.

Advice Zone Online will only contact you via your University email address so it is important that you regularly check this account.

Advice Zone Online can be accessed directly via this link or the UniLife homepage


Overall points 120-160, plus 3 GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Mathematics and English Language or alternative. BTEC NC at PP or BTEC ND at PPP.

For Top-up at L6 entry: HND or equivalent in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, FDSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, IELTS 6.0.

The apprenticeship is funded through Welsh government and complies with the wider apprenticeship commonalities.

This course offers an upskilling opportunity for people already in employment.

Graduates of our Electrical and Electronic Engineering courses pursue a career in electronics, computing, electrical engineering, communications or control systems and embedded systems. 

Our work-based learning opportunities offer many benefits to students and employers, large and small.

To discuss the range of apprenticeship opportunities at USW, or if you would like a member of our team to evaluate your work-based learning needs, contact us on 01443 482203 or at [email protected].

All places are awarded following a recruitment process that is specific to the participating company or organisation.  All places are subject to obtaining a role within such a company or organisation and meeting the institutions entry requirements.