Automotive and Motorsport Engineering Technology - Foundation Degree
Course Code: EA1HE122
UCAS Code: M4T7
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Gear up for a rewarding career within automotive and motorsport, with this two-year foundation degree.
Designed with employers and taught by industry specialists, this course equips you to compete for senior positions in automotive engineering, vehicle design, service and repair, manufacture, motorsport, research and development, and quality assurance.
The North West is the UK’s second biggest region for automotive manufacture, and past students have gone on to build exciting careers with industry leaders such as Jaguar Land Rover, Ford Motor Company, Bentley, Lotus, M-Sport, Westfield Sportscars and MAHLE Powertrain.
B&FC benefits from coveted STEM-assured status, a superbly equipped £10.5 million Advanced Technology Centre and strong employer relationships that support work-based learning.
The support we offer is second to none and if you’re returning to education after some time you needn’t worry – our dedicated higher education learning mentors will support you with every aspect of your learning journey.
Successful students have the option of ‘topping up’ this qualification to a full BEng (Honours) Degree with either a one-year full-time, or two-year part-time, programme of additional study.
Both qualifications are delivered here in Blackpool and awarded by Lancaster University (ranked in the UK’s top 10 institutions by The Complete University Guide).
A minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff Points (excluding Functional Skills) from an appropriate discipline:
- Motor Vehicle Level 3 Extended Diploma
- Motorsport Level 3 Extended Diploma
- Vehicle Body/Paint Level 3 Extended Diploma
- Other engineering-related Level 3 Extended Diploma
- A-level qualifications (including engineering or science-based disciplines).
If you haven’t got the qualifications required for this foundation degree, please apply for the Foundation Degree in Automotive and Motorsport Engineering Technology with Foundation Year, which includes a one-year bridging programme.
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 Method||Level 4||Level 5||Level 6|
Level 4 Modules
|Computer Aided Engineering and Design||EA4MD049||20||Mandatory|
|Vehicle Aerodynamics and Computational||EA4MD050||20||Mandatory|
|Combustion Engine Development||EA4MD051||20||Mandatory|
|Engineering Practical Applications||EA4MD052||20||Mandatory|
|Introduction to Academic Study||EA4MD053||20||Mandatory|
Level 5 Modules
|Advanced Engineering Principles||EA5MD052||20||Mandatory|
|Hybrid Powertrain Design||EA5MD053||20||Mandatory|
|Vehicle Dynamics and Data Logging||EA5MD054||20||Mandatory|
|Work Based Research Project||EA5MD055||20||Optional (most common)|
|Work Based and Placement Learning||EA5MD056||20||Optional|
Teaching and Learning Methods
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.
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 Method||Level 4||Level 5||Level 6|
Industry Placement and Field Trips
Other Costs and Equipment Needed
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.
Read our tuition fees guide.