BEng (Hons) Automotive Performance Engineering (Motorsport) with Foundation Year - Full-time
The competitive nature of the motorsport industry drives engineers to innovate and develop novel ideas that power progress in the automotive industry. This exciting course aims to give you the theoretical, practical and hands-on knowledge and experience needed to overtake your competition in the field of motorsport engineering.
The foundation year is the first year of this degree, offering an excellent grounding in the fundamentals of engineering, electronics and mathematics. It’s designed to prepare you for degree level study.
Following on from this, our multi-disciplinary course brings together engineering principles and theories with design know-how, manufacturing skill and real-life racing experience with our partner teams. Our aim is to equip you with automotive performance engineering and motorsport-specific knowledge. We offer understanding in areas such as data analysis, performance optimisation, aerodynamics, safety considerations, whole vehicle and part design, and manufacturing. We also want to help you develop industry-focused commercial awareness and parallel business and management skills.
Seminars delivered by motorsport and automotive performance engineering professionals, and the chance to work alongside them on live projects, help get your career on the starting grid. Examples of practical activities include using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to simulate the aerodynamics of sports cars, testing parts using our impact and tensile test equipment, and working on actual motorsport projects.
To take into account
Automotive performance engineers work across the whole product design lifecycle, from concept to delivery. As a graduate motorsport engineer you’ll be qualified to design, build and test racing cars and bikes in all racing divisions. This degree is ideal if you’re looking for roles that apply contemporary technologies to high-performance vehicles. Throughout your studies, you’ll have opportunities to develop your knowledge of vehicle handling, chassis aerodynamics and suspension mechanics, as well as automotive/motorsport computer systems and electronics, the fundamentals of internal combustion science and wider engineering issues. As a graduate, you’ll possess transferable skills such as project management, team working, the ability to analyse and interpret data, IT and presenting skills, and the intellectual capabilities of research, problem solving, evaluation and synthesis.
Careers in motorsport engineering are diverse and employers range from racing teams, to manufacturers and supply chain businesses. Fundamental engineering knowledge and related transferable skills are sought after by the global engineering industry, including automotive, aerospace, marine and rail companies. With experience, you could progress to senior engineer roles, project team management, general management or consultancy. If you gain experience of creative design, you could move into the graphic design field. Teaching and lecturing at universities or colleges is a possibility if you complete a master’s or PhD in mechanical or automotive engineering. Alternative Career Options Chemical engineering Electronics engineering Electrical engineering Technical sales Quality management Teaching, academia and lecturing Research and development Logistics
Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3. You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English, Mathematics and Science.
Our BEng (Hons) Automotive Performance Engineering (Motorsport) with foundation year degree is fully accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) as meeting the academic requirements leading to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. Please see the Engineering Council UK website for further details.
Key Features: The University of Bolton has a distinguished history in engineering. The course focuses on helping you develop in-demand motorsport-specific and transferable skills that are designed to meet the needs of the motorsport and other high performance engineering-related industries. We offer individual tutor support and a favourable staff:student ratio. Our course aims to help you learn from top industry professionals, such as international racing teams and supercar manufacturers. Hypothesis and experiment are key elements in your learning, and our laboratory facilities are designed and equipped so that you can gain experience in applying and testing engineering and scientific principles.
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What you'll learn on the course
- Civil Engineering
- IT Development
- Construction Training
- Part Time
- Skills and Training
- GCSE Mathematics
- IT Management
Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.
- Foundation Principles 0
- Foundation Principles 1
- Foundation Principles 2
- Engineering Study Skills
- Engineering Technology
- Vehicle Engineering Applications
- Engineering Science
- Graphical Communications and Computer Modelling
- Engineering Mathematics
- Vehicle Performance
- Vehicle Dynamics and Data Engineering
- Team Project
- Design for Manufacturing
- Engineering Science II
- Engineering Mathematics II
- Advanced Engineering Analysis
- Advanced Vehicle Systems
- Individual Project
- Racecar Design Project
- Engineering Management
We use a variety of teaching, learning and assessment methods to help you to achieve your potential. Formal timetabled sessions, such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, offer you knowledge of the concepts and principles essential in engineering. You are then expected to build on these in your own time through extra reading, revision and reflection on what you have learned.
Open-ended projects and design, make and test activities give you the chance to apply the principles you’ve learned, bringing the concepts and practical applications together in your mind. Opportunities to work with racing team staff on real-life projects and at race meetings also help you hone your new skills and develop your ability to apply your engineering knowledge and creativity.
Regular assessments, including written exams, coursework and practical exams, and feedback from these, will help you to identify areas for improvement.Disclaimer
The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.