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Automotive Engineering and Technology - Foundation Degree with Foundation Year

Course Code: EA1HE116

UCAS Code: HH31

Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration / Fees
14/09/2020Bispham Campus3 Years / £8,335 per yearApply

Course Overview

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.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 36 UCAS points (excluding Functional Skills) in an appropriate discipline:

Level 3 Diploma in Motor Vehicle, Motorsport, Vehicle Body, Paint or A/AS-level qualifications.

Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis.

Qualification Obtained

FdEng Automotive Engineering and Technology (Automotive)

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods


Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.


Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.


Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.

Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Course Structure

Your first year of this course is your Foundation Year.

During this time you will study the first three Level 3 modules and the first three Level 4 modules below.

In your second year you will study the six remaining Level 4 modules.

In your third year you will complete all Level 5 modules.

Level 3 Modules

TitleCode  CreditsOptions
Automotive MathematicsEA3MD005    20Mandatory
Automotive ScienceEA3MD006    20Mandatory
Automotive ManufacturingEA3MD007    20Mandatory

Level 4 Modules

Automotive Powertrain FundamentalsEA4MD03420Mandatory
Automotive CompositesEA4MD03520Mandatory
Automotive Body Design Crash Test TechEA4MD03620Mandatory
Engineering Mathematics 1EA4MD03720Mandatory
Computer Aided Engineering and DesignEA4MD03920Mandatory
Vehicle AerodynamicsEA4MD04020Mandatory
Engine Technologies and DevelopmentEA4MD04120Mandatory
Chassis Performance TestingEA4MD04220Mandatory
Introduction to Academic Study Comp Sci EngEA4MD04420Mandatory

Level 5 Modules

Engineering Mathematics 2EA5MD04420Mandatory
Major ProjectEA5MD04540Mandatory
Work Based and Placement LearningEA5MD04620Mandatory
Engine Design AnalysisEA5MD04720Mandatory
Vehicle Dynamics and Data LoggingEA5MD04820Mandatory

Teaching and Learning Methods

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.


Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

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 technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

Programme Handbook

Programme Specification

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