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Automotive and Motorsport Engineering Technology - Certificate of Higher Education with Foundation Year


This two-year Certificate of Higher Education provides all the skills you need to gear up for a rewarding career in the automotive and motorsport sectors.  If you have experience in or a genuine passion for the automotive and motorsport industry and would like to progress your career but lack the qualifications (and possibly the confidence) to study at degree level, this course could be right up your street. Incorporating a foundation year which will get you back into the world of education, this programme will give you the skills and knowledge you need to successfully complete the Cert HE qualification and potentially progress onto our Foundation Degree. 

Co-created with employers and taught by industry specialists, the course equips you to compete for higher technical positions in automotive engineering, vehicle design, service and repair, manufacture, motorsport, research and development, and quality assurance.   And with the North West being the UK’s second biggest region for automotive manufacture, there is certainly plenty of opportunity for you to make your mark.

  • Course code EA1HE128
  • UCAS code H331
  • Duration 2 Years
  • Day/s of week Monday to Wednesday
  • Time 09:00 - 16:00

Next course dates

Start date Location Duration
09 Sep 2024
Bispham Campus
2 Years

Where can this subject lead?

Career progression

With the emergence of new technologies and the focus on delivering more sustainable transport options in the future, there has never been a more exciting time to work in the automotive industry since the inception of the motor car itself.

We envisage that graduates from this programme will become the next generation of automotive engineers, designers and researchers developing and transforming these new technologies to make the sustainable and potential self-driven vehicles of the future. More specifically, graduates can look forward to lead roles in:

  • Design, research and development
  • Manufacturing
  • Automotive systems and competence testing

Key information

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 36 UCAS Tariff Points (excluding Functional Skills) from an appropriate discipline:

  • Motor Vehicle Level 3 Diploma
  • Motorsport Level 3 Diploma
  • Vehicle Body/Paint Level 3 Diploma
  • Other engineering-related Level 3 Diploma
  • Relevant industry experience

Qualification obtained

CertHE Automotive and Motorsport Engineering and Technology

Fees and funding

Please click here to find out more about tuition fees for this course.

Extra costs and equipment

We provide all specialist software requirements, most of which will be available to use on your own devices.

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.

The additional costs will be under £100 for each academic year.

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: Lancaster University

Regulatory Body: Office for Students (OfS)

Terms and conditions

Read our full terms and conditions for more information.

What will I learn?

Industry placement, field trips and guest speakers

There are no industry placements or field trips associated with this course.

  • Modules at level 3

    Module title Code Credits Optional
    Automotive Science EA3MD009 20 Yes
    Vehicle Aesthetics and Technologies EA3MD010 20 No
    Automotive Mathematics EA3MD011 20 No
  • Modules at level 4

    Module title Code Credits Optional
    Automotive Powertrain Fundamentals EA4MD046 20 No
    Automotive Composites EA4MD047 20 No
    Automotive Manufacturing EA4MD048 20 No
    Engineering Principles EA4MD045 20 No
    Computer Aided Engineering and Design EA4MD049 20 No
    Vehicle Aerodynamics and Computational EA4MD050 20 No
    Combustion Engine Development EA4MD051 20 No
    Engineering Practical Applications EA4MD052 20 No
    Professional and Academic Skills Stem EA4MD054 20 No

Programme Specification

Download our Programme Specification for this course.

How will I learn?

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.

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.

Learning Methods

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6
Scheduled 452 0 0
Independent 1148 0 0
Placement 0 0 0
Total 1600 0 0

How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed?

Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework is in the form written tasks and assignments.


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 table below shows each of the twelve modules you will complete and as you can see three of the modules have an exam. Each exam is worth 30% of the module mark and so the assignments for those modules are worth 70% of the module mark. This enables you to achieve great marks in your assignments to ensure you pass each of your modules. Your tutors will complete specific revision classes with you before an exam to ensure you have all of the required information and this will enable you to be confident in your assessment.


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.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment Method Level 4 Level 5 Level 6
Coursework 81% 0% 0%
Exam 7% 0% 0%
Practical 12% 0% 0%