Automotive Engineering and Technology with Foundation Year (Automotive) - Foundation Degree (Lancaster University)
Qualification Obtained: Foundation Degree in Automotive Engineering and Technology (Automotive)
This innovative and highly vocational degree programme has been designed collaboratively with local, national and international employers to provide the knowledge, skills and qualification requirements for higher Engineering Design and R&D roles within the Automotive industry. The specialist nature of this programme provides graduates with niche skills that allow them to contend for positions with the Automotive industry’s highest profile employers within Automotive Research, Development, Manufacture and Quality Assurance. Our alumni have forged successful careers with companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, Ford Motor Company, Bentley, Lotus, M-Sport and Westfield Sportscars. Others have opted for postgraduate study, such as Lancaster University’s MSc Mechanical Engineering.
Course Entry Requirements
You will need a minimum of 100 UCAS points (excluding Functional Skills) in an appropriate discipline: QCF Automotive Engineering; IMIA VRQ Motor Vehicle Level 3; A/AS Level qualifications.
2017 Entry Requirements
A new UCAS Tariff will be used for courses starting from September 2017, the new entry requirements are as follows;
A minimum of 36 UCAS points (previously 100) excluding functional skills in an appropriate discipline: Level 3 Diploma in Motor Vehicle, Motorsport, Vehicle Body, Paint, A/AS-level qualifications.
Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis.
Career Options and Progression
- Design, research and development jobs within the Automotive, Motorsport and other transport industries including Aerospace
- Manufacturing jobs within the within the Automotive, Motorsport and other transport industries including Aerospace
- Automotive systems and competence testing jobs within the Automotive, Motorsport and other transport industries including Aerospace
Modules and Assessment
This course is an ideal point of entry into the world of advanced automotive and motorsport engineering for anyone wishing to pursue a lucrative high-end career in the industry.
Throughout the entirety of the programme you will develop knowledge and skills in three distinctive themes. These themes remain the same whether you select the automotive or motorsport pathways that are available to you as options in your third year.
During your first year your knowledge of automotive engines is consolidated and the Powertrain Fundamentals module ensures strong foundations and detailed understanding required for your progression into the basics of engine design; engine design is introduced fully during your second year through the Engine Technologies and Development module. The Engine Design Analysis and Race Engine Design Analysis modules (option chosen in your third year), allow you to apply the technical knowledge developed up to this point in a design analysis environment. Completing the Foundation Degree will equip you well for continuing this theme at BEng (Honours) level and enter the highly advanced subject of simulation.
Vehicle Dynamics is a drastically under-represented area of the automotive industry, yet all OEM manufacturers and tier 1 and 2 companies have an interest in its major role. You will begin to develop your thinking of a vehicle as a set of systems almost as soon as you begin the course. You will consider the function of individual components and how they come together to have an effect on the whole vehicle, be that in terms of the engine, tyres, shock absorber or rear spoiler, etc...
Vehicle Structure Design
Modules such as the Vehicle Body Design, Automotive Composites and Crash Safety Technology will feel familiar if you have progressed from a Level 3 Vehicle Body or Refinish FE programme. For all students, these modules provide the opportunity to gain an insight into the technology applied to the structural design of vehicle body and chassis. By Level 4, you will have a good basis of mathematical, structural and engine knowledge, enough-so that you will be able to make an inform choice for your preferred areas of study, (1) to progress down a more structural route, or (2) to transition into automotive engine design.
Foundation Year 1 Level 3 Modules (120 credits)
YR01021 Automotive Mathematics - 20 credits
YR01022 Automotive Science - 20 credits
YR01023 Automotive Manufacturing - 20 credits
Foundation Year 1 Level 4 Modules (120 Credits)
YR01024 Automotive Powertrain Fundamentals - 20
YR01025 Automotive Composites - 20 credits
YR01026 Vehicle Body Design & Crash Test Technology - 20 credits
Foundation Degree Year 2 Level - 4 Modules (120 credits)
FD1021 Engineering Mathematics 1 - 20 credits
BFC401 Academic and Digital Literacies - 20 credits
FD1022 Computer Aided Engineering and Design - 20 credits
FD1023 Vehicle Aerodynamics - 20 credits
FD1024 Engine Technologies and Development - 20 credits
FD1025 Chassis Performance Testing - 20 credits
Foundation Degree Year 3 Level - 5 Modules (120 credits)
FD2021 Engineering Mathematics 2 - 20 credits
BFC501 Work Based and Placement Learning - 20 credits
FD2022 Major Project - 40 credits
FD2023 Engine Design Analysis - 20 credits
FD2024 Vehicle Dynamics and Data Logging - 20 credits
Assessment aims to test your knowledge and skills and, whilst following the regulations laid out by Lancaster University will include:
- self and peer assessment
- practical reports
- subject reports
- data interpretation
- critical analysis of data
- oral presentation
- major project
YR01021 Automotive Mathematics - 70% Coursework, 30% Examination
YR01022 Automotive Science - 100% Coursework
YR01023 Automotive Manufacturing - 70% Coursework, 30% Practical
YR01024AutomotivePowertrain Fundamentals -70% Coursework, 30% Examination
YR01025Automotive Composites - 70% Coursework, 30% Practical
YR01026 Vehicle Body Design & Crash Test Technology - 35% Coursework, 35% Practical, 30% Examination
FD1021 Engineering Mathematics 1 - 70% Coursework, 30% Examination
BFC401 Academic and Digital Literacies - 100% Coursework
FD1022 Computer Aided Engineering and Design - 70% Practical, 30% Examination
FD1023 Vehicle Aerodynamics - 100% Practical
FD1024 Engine Technologies and Development - 70% Coursework, 30% Examination
FD1025 Chassis Performance Testing - 100% Practical
FD2021 Engineering Mathematics 2 - 70% Coursework
BFC501 Work Based and Placement Learning - 90% Coursework, 10% Practical
FD2022Major Project - 100% Coursework
FD2023 Engine Design Analysis - 50% Coursework, 50% Examination
FD2024 Vehicle Dynamics and Data Logging - 100% Coursework
Teaching and Learning Methods
The overall strategy for teaching aims to allow you to become progressively more independent automotive / motorsport engineers with a broad based knowledge in the automotive area and with skills to perform within employment.
In your first year, in addition to your taught theory elements, you will engage in group, pair and individual problem-solving practical activities in the workshops. To develop your practical skills, we take advantage of every opportunity to use our industry-standard strip and rebuild facilities, where you will develop component identification and complex fault diagnostics.
In your second year you will attend interactive lectures and apply engineering principles to solve problems. Extensive use will be made of specialist software that will introduce you to the world of simulation. You will engage in a major project and attend a work placement. These two elements of the course are delivered using one-to-one and small-group tutorials. The key here is 'individualised learning'. You will negotiate your projects and your work placement with your tutor, who will provide the relevant support.
Work Placement and Field Trips
The Work Based and Placement Learning module at Level 5 will provide you with the opportunity to undertake a minimum of 96 hours work placement in an appropriate area. This gives students the opportunity to contextualise their studies in a work environment, making sense of their studies in relation to their professional career.
All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant vocational and industrial experience and professional practice.
Read our tuition fees guide.
You should be aware that there may be additional costs to consider such as optional educational visits and photocopying/printing.
We provide all specialist software requirements, most of which is available remotely providing you have a computer with internet access. You will need to provide your own protective overalls and safety boots for carrying out practical activities in workshops and laboratories. You will also need a scientific calculator and technical drawing apparatus.
Regulation and Accreditation
This programme is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
Terms and Conditions
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