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Automotive Engineering (BSc, HND)

The introduction of our automotive programmes began in the mid-seventies which further developed into the induction of the first Motorsport Engineering course, launched in 1998. 

Since then we have developed our courses so that you experience a number of applied and academic subjects with contemporary automotive relevance, advised by our industry contacts, many of whom are graduates of the programme. The HND programmes have received exemplary reports throughout, highlighting good practices and quality rating of student performance.  The team excelled in maintaining an excellent staff/student relationship.

The following Bachelor's degrees have been accredited as meeting the academic requirement, in full, for Incorporated Engineer  (IEng) registration for the cohort intakes from 2015 up to, and including 2023: BSc(Hons) Automotive Engineering (Full Time 3 Years; Part-Time 6 Years; EngC ref 14091)

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Pathway Options

Automotive Engineering (BSc)
UCAS Code: H332
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Automotive Engineering (HND)
UCAS Code: 043H
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Tuition Fees 2020/21:
£9,000 (Home/EU)
£11,850 (Overseas)

Why choose this course

  1. Tailored for BTEC pathway students.
  2. Small, intimate teaching groups, with passionate and compassionate staff.
  3. Practically backed assessment regime, including a 6-week industrial placement.
  4. Currently undergoing reaccreditation for IEng status.
  5. State of the art purpose build campus.

What you will learn

Course Overview

When you join our School you will follow a format which dovetails the more analytical and theoretical themes with the practical and applied disciplines. This gives a more holistic way of learning so that you can see how the subjects relate to one another.

You will learn in a range of environments, from traditional lecture theatres and classrooms to workshops and laboratories.

The first-year practical learning experience culminates in a 6-week industrial placement with a company of your choice, where you will get to apply all you have learnt.

We also offer a range of extracurricular activities, in the form of race or rally teams. This gives you an all-encompassing experience of working within a team, understanding the management, logistics, procurement, competition, maintenance and manufacturing that all go towards making a successful and marketable car while still experiencing all of the topics associated with a traditional engineering qualification.

Our BSc (Hons) degrees in Automotive and Motorsport Engineering are accredited as meeting the academic requirement, in full, for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) registration by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).  Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.


Training of technicians/engineers has undergone radical change since the introduction of complex electronic control systems of vehicles to meet with fuel economy demands and emission legislation.

This technology has resulted in technicians and engineers from either being mechanically orientated or electrically orientated, to one who has a good understanding of the integration of all vehicle systems.

Other specialist areas of study including Data Acquisition & Dynamics, Alternative Powertrain Technology and Automotive Engineering that will enable you to focus on areas of specialist interest that can be developed in the Group and Major Project modules.

Within many of the modules the course considers the environmental aspects of design and technology which are transferable to a broad range of employment opportunities.

The Industrial Placement component of the HND’s have provided links with business and industry.  These help to ensure the applied vocational relevance of the courses offered. 

Staff also have current or recent active links with other organisations in a professional, consultancy or research capacity.  Links with such organisations are used directly to provide the students with real-world project and case study work. Through these valuable links, the School can deliver technical training on the latest technology to students which meet the demands of future employers and the global technology marketplace. 

Modules List:

Year One - Level 4 - BSc/HND/HNC

  • Engineering Science
  • Analytical Methods and Study Skills
  • Engineering Design & Materials
  • Powertrain Technology
  • Engine Control Systems
  • Vehicle Systems

Year Two - Level 5 - BSc/HND

  • Industrial Placement & Team Management
  • Powertrain Design & Efficiency
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Emission Control & Diagnosis
  • Group Project & CAE
  • Data Acquisition & Dynamics

Year Three - Level 6 - BSc (Hons)

  • Research Methods & Projects
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Alternative Powertrain Technology
  • CAD & FEA
  • Sustainability through Technology

Assessment is spread across the academic year and is a mixture of practical tests & presentations, classroom phase tests and assignment work, thus we hope to appeal to each students best way of learning while improving their weaker areas.

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Entry Criteria

BSc (Hons) Automotive Engineering

Entry requirements is 96 UCAS points (previously 240) which can be gained through an apprenticeship or BTEC national/ AVC’s/ NVQ/ IMI Level 3 in Motor Vehicle Technology/Engineering. 

HND Automotive Engineering Engineering

Entry requirements is 80 UCAS points (previously 200) which can be gained through an apprenticeship or BTEC national/ AVC’s/ NVQ/ IMI Level 3 in Motor Vehicle Technology/Engineering. 

Demonstrating that you enjoy more vocational and practical aspects of engineering and wishing to further your studies. Your mathematics ability will be of a good standard but not yet to ‘A’ level. 

You are passionate about cars in general and particularly wish to pursue a career in the automotive industry as your ultimate goal. You may have already had some experience working with cars but this is not essential as we will give you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the work placement module.

Career Opportunities

The BSc & HND Portfolio seeks to educate and train professionals who are immediately useful to employers across a wide spectrum of engineering related activities. 

The portfolio is designed to exploit the present skill shortages on a local, regional and national scale.

Students leaving with an HND qualification, generally leave to find employment in a technicians’ position. This type of work will be mainly practical, based in a ‘shop floor’ environment, with the ability to develop and progress to a team leader’s position. 

BSc Graduates find employment throughout the automotive industry from component manufacturers to data engineers and other industry specialists.

The skills developed on the course are transferable to other industries many have moved into the wider automotive industry as well.

Those who qualify on the BSc program have ended up as design engineers with high-end vehicle manufactures as well as specialist component design companies.

Additional Costs

It is possible to complete this programme of study without any additional costs.

Students may wish to purchase materials for modules, such as major project but this is not a requirement and will have no bearing on the final grade. 

Student Quotes

Bobby Freer, BSc (Hons) Automotive Engineering
"I like the approachability of staff."

Edurado Aguilar, BSc Automotive Engineering
"Live it, breathe it and engineer it! I love engineering – I have always been passionate about cars, taking them apart to see how they work. I am from Spain but picked UWTSD because I did my research and it was the best University in the UK for Automotive Engineering."

Geraint Trigg, BSc (Hons) Automotive Engineering
"The course overall has taught me many new things and broadened my knowledge of engineering within the automotive industry. The lecturers are always helpful and willing to meet with you when needed."

Jonathan Jones, BSc (Hons) Automotive Engineering
"The chance to put practical and analytical work together makes learning different subject areas easier."

Tolgahan Yaman, BSc (Hons) Automotive Engineering
"Lecturers are understanding, helpful and always make time for students. The BSc course exceeds my expectations."

Bursary / Scholarship Information

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