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Industry-standard, purpose-built facilities, the possibility of exciting trackside and workshop experience with international racing teams, and lecturers who share your passion, combine to make our IMechE-accredited Motorsport Technology with foundation year degree ideal if you are seeking to join the high-octane motorsport industry.
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Motorsport is exciting – for the drivers, for the spectators and for the engineers and technicians involved. If the idea of a career striving to achieve optimal performance and efficiency in race car design and set-up gets your motor revving then this is the course for you.
At the University of Bolton you can study in the classroom, in the laboratory, in the workshop and on the race track. We want to help you gain a sound understanding of the engineering principles and theories essential in motorsport technology, and develop your practical expertise in our industry-standard facilities and while working with our partner racing teams.
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, you’ll look at all aspects of race cars and motorsport. Modules cover aerodynamics, performance optimisation, aspects of safety and much more. We work to help you develop skills in motorsport-focused computer aided design (CAD), engineering, mathematics, business and management. This combination of technical knowledge, practical experience and transferable skills will help you get ready for success in this high-octane industry.
Our BSc (Hons) Motorsport Technology with foundation year degree is fully accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) as meeting the academic requirements leading to Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status. Please see the Engineering Council UK website for further details.
Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.
This course focuses on developing your understanding of the theory and practice of designing and manufacturing 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.
We’ll also support you to gain transferable skills such as project management, team working, IT and formal presentations, and help you develop the intellectual capabilities of research, problem solving, evaluation and synthesis.
The UK competes on the world stage in performance engineering and an exciting range of varied opportunities are available. Careers in motorsport engineering are diverse and employers range from racing teams, to manufacturers and through to 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 specialise in a particular engineering field, like engine transmission or electronics. You could also progress to test or workshop manager, chief engineer, technical coordinator or technical manager. If you gain experience in creative design, you could move into the graphic design field. Teaching and lecturing at universities or colleges is a possibility if you have a master’s or PhD in mechanical or automotive engineering.
Graduates can also use the qualification to enter a range of other careers, and for some of these roles, both relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these roles include:
Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on www.gov.uk for information.
The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.
For 2021-2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021-2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.
For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:
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’re 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.
The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.
|Level one||Coursework 100%|
|Level two||Coursework 67%, Practical exams 25%, Written exams 8%|
|Level three||Coursework 85%, Practical exams 15%|
|Level four||Coursework 75%, Practical exams 25%|
|Level one||Guided independent study 58%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 42%|
|Level two||Guided independent study 67%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 33%|
|Level three||Guided independent study 70%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 30%|
|Level four||Guided independent study 70%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 30%|
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. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. 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.
The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.
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