Engineering student looking at automotive equipment

BEng(Hons)

Automotive Engineering (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
H31F
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
88
Department:
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Delivery:
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Maryam Atoofi
Key fact:
Get on track for our BEng(Hons) Automotive Engineering degree by completing a foundation year. If you’re committed to an engineering future and have a less conventional background, this is the course for you.

Page last updated 29 September 2017

Introduction

Why study automotive engineering?

The automotive industry is set for global growth over the next decade.

Environmental challenges mean new vehicles must be cleaner and more efficient, while urbanisation is driving a need for better transport solutions.

This will create demand for professionals with knowledge and skills in automotive design and manufacture.

Why UWE Bristol?

BEng(Hons) Automotive Engineering gives you a strong grounding in mathematics, design, manufacturing and mechanical engineering.

Study automotive manufacturing, engine systems, vehicle dynamics, materials, structures and safety. Gain hands-on experience, testing designs for automotive projects using our facilities.

Investigate an engineering problem that interests you, while developing engineering, project management and report writing skills.

Learn from industry experts and attend factory visits and professional briefings from leading automotive organisations to gain insight into the industry.

Complete work placements in areas like product development, vehicle dynamics and design, and manufacturing. Compete with our multi-disciplinary team UWE Formula Student, which regularly succeeds at the annual Formula Student competition.

Build the experience you need to decide where to specialise and succeed on graduation.

Where can it take me?

Careers range from automotive design to manufacture and maintenance. You could help research the next wave of green and sustainable transport technologies.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

Foundation year (Year zero)

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Engineering Experimentation
  • Foundation Group Project
  • Foundation Mechanics
  • Foundation Maths, Algebra and Calculus
  • Introduction to Mechatronics.

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from our other Engineering and Maths courses, and therefore may be able to transfer to a course in one of these areas at the end of the Foundation year.

The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year zero modules before progressing to Year one.

Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Stress and Dynamics
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Design, Materials and Manufacturing
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Energy and Thermodynamics.

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Automotive Technology
  • Design and Electromechanical Systems
  • Engineering Mathematics 2
  • Stress Analysis
  • Dynamics
  • Project Management.

Option to switch to the MEng Automotive Engineering, subject to satisfactory marks at the end of the second year.

Placement year

We recommend that you take this opportunity to complete a year-long placement in industry or research. However, this is not necessary and you will be able to enter the third year immediately after Year two.

Final year

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Dynamics and Structures
  • Computational Methods.

You will also study one of the following optional modules:

  • Business Environment
  • Industrial Placement.
  • Engineering and Society

In addition, you will choose one optional module from the following list:

  • Automotive Manufacturing
  • Motorsport Performance.

Finally, Year three will also include one of the following modules:

  • Individual Project BEng - if you wish to exit with a BEng
  • Individual Project MEng A - if you wish to continue with an MEng.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Learn through a mix of lectures and tutorials, experimental laboratory work, engineering fabrication, drawing and design, computing and application-based mini projects.

Attend regular talks with professionals from organisations such as McLaren, Triumph and Jaguar Land Rover.

See automotive engineering in action at facilities such as Castle Combe, Jaguar Land Rover's manufacturing facility and Nissan's technical R&D centre.

Get involved in national competitions and initiatives to boost your skills and experience. Our UWE Formula Student team represents disciplines across UWE Bristol. Reflecting real-world practice, the team work on the business, marketing and costing of their race car, as well as the engineering.

Showcase your work to employers and the public at our annual Environment and Technology degree show.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
027%73%0%100%
129%71%0%100%
224%76%0%100%
319%81%0%100%

Assessment

You'll be assessed through a mix of examinations and assignments. Some modules will include formal presentations as part of the assessment.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
037%58%5%100%
167%28%5%100%
258%41%1%100%
350%46%4%100%

Features

Professional accreditation

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has awarded accreditation to this course. If you complete an IMechE accredited degree you will be deemed to have met part or all of the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered or Incorporated Engineer, putting you in a strong position to move on to achieve professional engineering status after a period of initial professional development in industry. This accreditation underlines the strong emphasis that UWE Bristol places on employability.

Placements

Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

If you choose the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after year two.

Apply your engineering knowledge at a choice of stages in the automotive industry. Past students have done placements with JCB, Prodrive, Nissan and Vauxhall, as well as smaller dynamic companies in and around the region.

Work can involve product development, vehicle dynamics and design, to manufacturing.

Get help to find your placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Study facilities

Apply what you've learned and develop the professional skills demanded by employers using the latest simulation equipment.

Assess performance before building your concepts. Test concepts on any car type and a range of terrains on our state-of-the-art driving simulator, which uses a Formula 1 monocoque and wrap-around screen.

Use the dynamic test benches in our laboratory to trial engines and investigate performance and emissions.

A mix of traditional and hands-on learning environments helps you quickly take on essential knowledge and skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

You could work in automotive research and development, design, manufacture and maintenance.

With green transport technologies a focus of future transport developments, opportunities for eco-minded automotive engineers are predicted to increase.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12750
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1594
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11156
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the five year course and then transfer to the four year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 88
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Grade B/5 or above in Mathematics or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

The 'Typical offers' information above is only for full-time students entering the foundation year.

We are happy to consider your application if you have a mixture of A-Levels and BTEC qualifications.

We also welcome applications from highly motivated students who do not meet the usual entrance requirements given above, so we will consider you if you have gained equivalent knowledge and skills from substantial relevant work or other experience.

If you expect to achieve a higher tariff score, you may also be interested in our BEng(Hons) Automotive Engineering course.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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