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Foundation Degree (FdEng) Motorsport Engineering (part-time)

Key course information

Motorsport Engineering


4 years

University Level

3785.00 per year

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Course Overview

Delivered at Castle Combe Race Circuit and with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) as the Professional Accreditation Body, this course will provide you with an opportunity to engage in all aspects of the Motorsport Engineering industry and becoming an employable professional in the Motorsport Engineering world.Our workshops are modern and purpose built with all the equipment you would expect to find in industry. We also have specialist facilities including vehicle, engine and machine / fabrication workshops as well as a flat floor, four wheel laser alignment ‘Super Tracker’ and weight scales.We have fantastic links within the industry including Jaguar Land Rover, Swindon Engines, Cooper Avon Tyres as well as a range of additional companies and Motorsport teams. This helps to keep our qualification relevant to employers and gives our students good work experience and employment opportunities.Our race team successfully competes at race circuits up and down the country and we currently own a range of vehicles from a Ducati 600SS Motorcycle to two Formula Ford 1600 ‘Spectrum’ race cars.

What will I learn?

The course includes modules in the following subjects:

Year One:

CAD CAM and Data Acquisition and Analysis
Mathematics I
Engineering Science I

Year Two:

Work Based Learning
Composites and Materials Technology
Powertrain Technology

Year Three:

Chassis Dynamics and Competition Vehicle Preparation
Mathematics II
Motorsport Fluid Dynamics

Year Four:

Work Based Project
Computer Aided Engineering
Vehicle Electronics and Microprocessors

Please note:

Modules and course content are subject to change.

Entry Requirements

Typically, you will possess:


A minimum of one pass at A Level or 6 unit Vocational A Level (in Maths, Physics or a closely related subject) plus a minimum of three passes at GCSE at grades A-C (8-4) including Mathematics at grade B (6) and English Language at grade C (4).


A BTEC National Certificate or Diploma or other full equivalent level 3 qualification in a discipline related to Engineering including merits in the applied modules plus a minimum of three passes at GCSE (grades A - C) including Mathematics at grade B (6) and English Language at grade C (4).

You are also welcome to apply if you have a minimum of two years relevant work experience and a current role in an appropriate workplace setting with a line manager's letter of support and recommendation.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

During each module, you will undertake assignments that count towards its assessment and you will occasionally need to partake in a timed examination.

All modules are designed to enable you to engage in new areas of knowledge to acquire practical experience of a range of activities relevant to your employment within the performance road car technology industry and to encourage you to engage in critical reflection.

You will be given the opportunity to participate in lectures and workshops, plan and deliver presentations to your peers, research areas of relevance to the degree programme, critically evaluate the validity and implications of information and work with a wide variety of computer hardware and software.

Work Placements:

The Foundation Degree requires a significant component to be taken and studied in industry. We have extensive links with local employers and appropriate placements will be facilitated as far as possible by the college.

Nevertheless, it remains your responsibility to secure such access in order to complete the assessment on the programme.

Additional Costs and Information

You may be required to attend an interview and you can apply for this programme via the college website.

A Maths assessment will be conducted at interview to ensure that you are working at the required level.

The cost of this programme is £3,785 per year.

Any transport and living costs incurred whilst on work placements are not covered by the college.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that Wiltshire College & University Centre is successfully registered as a provider for Higher Education and that students are eligible for funding and student support from Student Finance England. Please visit for more information.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

On completion of the course, you could progress onto the BEng (Hons) (top-up) Motorsport Technology delivered at the college or an equivalent level 6 qualification.Alternatively, you could progress into employment.

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