Automotive Engineering (with Foundation Year) at Wrexham University - UCAS

Wrexham University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Wrexham University (Prifysgol Wrecsam)

Automotive Engineering (with Foundation Year)

Course summary

Why choose this course? This honours degree has been designed for the automotive industry in response to the shortfall of mechanical engineers. It is for those who have a strong interest in mechanical engineering and a clear desire to develop their knowledge and skills in automotive engineering. The course fully explores the engineering, design, analysis and development of modern cars using various race cars as support for teaching. It also puts emphasis on learning transferable skills applicable to many other industries. From studying the Foundation Year, learners will be able to develop with knowledge, understanding and skills of Engineering-based disciplines and their applications which help learners prepare for further years of study and success in engineering degree. You can also choose to study this course as a three-year programme (without a foundation year) BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering UCAS Code: H431 Key Course Features You Will:

  • Have access to a specialist motorsport workshop as well as an industry-standard production workshop to gain experience in using machinery.
  • Have the opportunity to work on various continuously evolving projects. Current projects involve: single seater bike powered race car, Westfield SEi, Renault 5 RWD Electric, Toyota Auris hybrid amongst many others) * subject to change. Students are also currently running a Formula Student team.
  • Be studying at one of two education providers in the UK that are official Catia Certification centres, meaning that students are able to gain Catia Certification in addition to their degree studies. (*Students are required to pay a Certification fee of £50).


What you will study YEAR 1 (FOUNDATION YEAR) The foundation year will provide a grounding for students in all aspects of Engineering and Design in order to prepare them for further years of study. MODULES

  • Analytical Methods for Engineering
  • Design and Technology
  • Mechanical Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Science
  • The Skills You Need
  • Contextual Studies
YEAR 2 (LEVEL 4) The vast majority of the engineering base knowledge is presented/reviewed and expanded at this stage. All lectures are followed by tutorials and practical/demonstrations to ensure that you are fully assimilating the information.  MODULES
  • Mechanical Science
  • Electrical Science
  • Laboratory Methods and Materials
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Introduction to Engineering Design & Practice
Plus an optional module from the following:
  • Performance Car Systems
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Electrical & Mechanical Science *
  • CAD, Production Science *
  • Professional Development *
  • Materials, Environment, Mathematics
  • Automotive Systems *
YEAR 3 (LEVEL 5) At this level, you will be encouraged to work and learn more independently. We are not only preparing you to be a knowledgeable practitioner, but we are also preparing you to become a reliable and independent problem solver. MODULES
  • Business & Research Development
  • Internal Combustion Engine: Theory and Technology
  • Automotive Design
  • Further Engineering Mathematics
  • Engineering and Mechanism Dynamics & Engineering Design
  • Structures, Failure Analysis & FEA
  • Research, Ethics, and Sustainability*
  • Mechanics, Structures & FEA*
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing*
  • Automotive Design*
  • Powertrains & Fluids *
  • Analytical Techniques *
YEAR 4 (LEVEL 6) In this final year of the degree, the first semester is generally focused on developing specific automotive knowledge. Your individual project will allow you to specialise further in a field of your choice. At the end of this, you will be a graduate engineer ready for the industry!  MODULES
  • Performance Car Chassis, Engines & Powertrain
  • Vibration Analysis & Structures
  • Aerodynamics & CFD
  • Employability & Entrepreneurship
  • Final Year Project (individual dissertation)
  • Engineering Modelling and Simulation*
  • Automotive Dynamics*
  • Modern Automotive Powertrains*
  • Project*
  • Professional Engineering*
  • Motorsport Practice *
*from September 2024 The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment method

A broad range of assessment methods are used; these include task-based exercises, oral and poster presentations, essays and laboratory reports, and written exams. Each module is assessed by a variety of methods, enabling students to display their full potential. A project dissertation will form one of the final parts of your assessment. TEACHING AND LEARNING Teaching methods include lectures, laboratory sessions, student-led seminars and guided research. Independent learning is an important aspect of all modules, as it enables students to develop both their subject specific and key skills. Independent learning is promoted through guided study or feedback given to students. Wrexham University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential. We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available. In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion Services can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Wrexham University takes into account a variety of qualifications and experience when considering applications to our programmes. If you are unsure if the qualifications you currently hold will be accepted for entry, or if you're not sure you'll achieve the required UCAS Tariff points, please contact us at [email protected] for further advice and guidance.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Automotive Engineering (with Foundation Year) at Wrexham University - UCAS