Automotive Engineering (with Foundation Year)
This course is open for applications.
About this course
- Entry year:
- Course code:
- Tariff points:
- Engineering Design and Mathematics
- Four years full-time; five years sandwich
- Full-time; sandwich
- Programme leader:
- Ruth Jones
- 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 18 October 2018
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
Year zero (foundation year)
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.
You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into Year one.
You will study:
- Stress and Dynamics
- Engineering Mathematics
- Design, Materials and Manufacturing
- Fluid Dynamics
- Energy and Thermodynamics.
You will study:
- Design and Electromechanical Systems
- Automotive Technology
- Engineering Mathematics 2 (PBL)
- Stress Analysis (PBL)
- Dynamics (PBL)
- Project Management.
Option to switch to the MEng Automotive Engineering, subject to satisfactory marks at the end of Year two.
Placement year (if applicable)
If you study on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.
You'll complete a placement learning module.
See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.
You will study:
- Vibrational Dynamics
- Computational Methods
- Individual Project BEng or *Individual Project MEng Part A
Plus one optional module from:
- Business Environment
- Industrial Placement.
- Engineering and Society
Plus one optional module from:
- Automotive Manufacturing
- Motorsport Performance
Plus one optional module from:
- Control Engineering
- Materials and Structures for Special Applications
- Composite Engineering.
*To be agreed with your programme leader.
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 research and development 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.
Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:
|Year||Scheduled learning and teaching study||Independent study||Placement study|
*calculated from compulsory and option module choices (where applicable) each year
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.
Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:
|Year||Written exam assessment||Coursework assessment||Practical exam assessment|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
This course is accredited by The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
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.
Students who go on work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.
On a work placement, you will be able to apply your engineering knowledge at a choice of stages in the automotive industry.
Past students have completed placements with JCB, Prodrive, Nissan and Vauxhall as well as smaller dynamic companies in and around the region. Work with these can range from product development, vehicle dynamics and design, to manufacturing.
You will apply what you've learnt and develop vital professional skills, using the latest simulation equipment. As well as helping you develop the practical simulator skills demanded by employers, this equipment will enable you to assess performance before concepts are built.
You will test designs on our state-of-the-art driving simulator that utilises a Formula One monocoque and a wrap-around screen and can be programmed to test concepts on any car type and test-drive these on a range of terrains. Plus, test fuelling and ignition systems on our dedicated motorcycle rolling road.
Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.
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.
Depending on your Year two results, you could transfer to our four-year MEng Automotive Engineering course, which would give you a master's rather than a bachelor's degree.
With a MEng, you fully meet the academic requirements to become a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
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.
There is currently no published fee data for this course.
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.
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.
- Tariff points: 80
- GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and 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.
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 your recommended route of study for this degree is through UWE Bristol's International College which, upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year 1 of the degree.
If you have not received your exam results, your offer from UWE Bristol will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.
If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that UWE Bristol will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.
To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies at UWE Bristol, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.
How to apply
For further information
- Email: Admissions@uwe.ac.uk
- Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 83333