Automotive Engineering

Birmingham City University

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Study our Automotive Engineering BEng degree course and join one of the select UK Universities to take part in Formula Student events at Silverstone. Now is a fascinating time to study automotive engineering as you’ll have the chance to be at the forefront of developments within the industry. You’ll get to work in advanced automotive workshops and laboratories equipped with industry-standard equipment, as well as take advantage of more traditional office-based facilities.You’ll gain practical experience so that you are equipped to apply engineering science to real life situations. What's covered in the course? You’ll develop as an engineer able to make a significant contribution to this industry as it goes through an important period of transition in the UK and globally. Our courses focus on project-based activities, giving you lots of opportunity to work in teams on projects from design to implementation. This will give you practical experience of applying engineering science to real world problems, working in multidisciplinary teams to develop your interpersonal skills, and prepare you for a key aspect of modern engineering practice. You will develop key technical skills, enhance your creative thinking and learn from industry experts. As well as gaining knowledge and application skills in stress analysis, powertrain systems, suspension, body engineering, design and management. You’ll be learning in a stimulating environment with lots of opportunity to collaborate with your colleagues, enhance your creativity and develop the attributes you need to stand out from the crowd. Our degree is structured so that its themes have a direct relevance to the industry’s current and expected future needs, and upon graduating you will have the intellectual, technical and personal qualities necessary to successfully implement new technologies. Throughout your course you will benefit from our strong industry links with companies such as the Morgan Motor Company, Westfield Sportscars, Siemens, and GKN. You will also have the opportunity to join our BCU Formula Student racing team, which designs and builds a single-seater racing car each year to race in July at the IMechE-sponsored event at Silverstone. This course is accredited by The IET. Course Accreditation Information Students completing an IET accredited degree are deemed to have met part or all of the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered or Incorporated Engineer and are in a strong position to move on to achieve professional engineering status after a period of initial professional development in industry. BEng Accreditation In order for you to achieve professional accreditation, you must have, on top of your academic qualifications, a minimum of 4 years relevant industrial engineering experience at the appropriate level. Our current BEng courses are accredited at Partial CEng level, meaning that provided you have the relevant industrial experience, you may be eligible to apply for Incorporated Engineer Level. Should you wish to apply for CEng Engineer level, there will be requirement for further learning at PG level, for example, an accredited MSc in the relevant subject. Our MSc courses are accredited at full CEng level. MEng Accreditation The accredited MEng will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Accredited MEng graduates who also have a BEng (Hons) accredited for CEng will be able to show that they have satisfied the educational base for CEng registration. It should be noted that graduates from an accredited MEng programme that do not also have an appropriately accredited Honours degree, will not be regarded as having the exemplifying qualifications for professional registration as a Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council; and will need to have their qualifications individually assessed through the Individual Case Procedure if they wish to progress to CEng.

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15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 128 points Please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.
A level ABB Must include A Level Mathematics Grade C minimum. A maximum of 3 subjects are considered. These can be other A-levels or level 3 equivalents.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM Must be in Engineering A minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit is required
Access to HE Diploma Pass overall in an Engineering Access to Higher Education Diploma with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2, including a minimum of 15 credits at Merit or Distinction with 9 credits of these credits from Mathematics units and 6 credits in Science units.
Scottish Higher Not accepted
AS 128 UCAS points Must include A-level mathematics at grade C or above A maximum of two AS-level subjects can be considered along with two A-levels or a combination of equivalent level 3 qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) 128 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification You must obtain EITHER a minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit from a suitable level 3 qualification OR A Level mathematics must be achieved at grade C or above
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) 128 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification You must obtain EITHER a minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit from a suitable level 3 qualification OR A Level mathematics must be achieved at grade C or above
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) 128 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification You must obtain EITHER a minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit from a suitable level 3 qualification OR A Level mathematics must be achieved at grade C or above
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) 128 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification You must obtain EITHER a minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit from a suitable level 3 qualification OR A Level mathematics must be achieved at grade C or above
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) DDM Must be in Engineering A minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit is required
Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF) 128 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification You must obtain EITHER a minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit from a suitable level 3 qualification OR A Level mathematics must be achieved at grade C or above
Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) 128 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification You must obtain EITHER a minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit from a suitable level 3 qualification OR A Level mathematics must be achieved at grade C or above
Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) 128 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification You must obtain EITHER a minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit from a suitable level 3 qualification OR A Level mathematics must be achieved at grade C or above
Pearson BTEC Certificate (QCF) 128 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification You must obtain EITHER a minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit from a suitable level 3 qualification OR A Level mathematics must be achieved at grade C or above
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 128 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers including mathematics or from a combination of two Advanced Highers including mathematics plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades BCC. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CC in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers). Must include Maths at Advanced Higher or Higher
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 32 points Obtain a minimum of 32 points overall with grade 5 in Mathematics (Higher level) and pass one of the following subjects from Group 4 at Higher Level (Computer Science, Chemistry, Design Technology, Physics) For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) 128 UCAS points Considered with two A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s) You must obtain EITHER a minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit from a suitable level 3 qualification OR A Level mathematics must be achieved at grade C or above
Extended Project 128 UCAS points Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s) to achieve a total of 128 UCAS tariff points You must obtain EITHER a minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit from a suitable level 3 qualification OR A Level mathematics must be achieved at grade C or above
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 128 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. Mathematics must be at Higher Level. This must include English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H5/D1)
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) See Level 3 Entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal 128 UCAS points Considered with two A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s) You must obtain EITHER a minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit from a suitable level 3 qualification OR A Level mathematics must be achieved at grade C or above
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C/4 or above Equivalent level 2 qualifications can be accepted Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment Acceptable equivalent:- City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 Key Skills level 2 - Application of numbers and Communication Scottish Intermediate 2 Scottish National 5 Scottish Credit Standard Grade - grade 2
HNC (BTEC) P Pass with 120 credits at level 4 May be considered for advanced entry subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content of Level 4. A transcript will be required. Must be in an Engineering related subject
HND (BTEC) P Pass with 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at Level 5 May be considered for advanced entry subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content of Level 4. A transcript will be required. Must be in an Engineering related subject
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DDM Must be in Engineering A minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit is required
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma 128 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification You must obtain EITHER a minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit from a suitable level 3 qualification OR A Level mathematics must be achieved at grade C or above
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma 128 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification You must obtain EITHER a minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit from a suitable level 3 qualification OR A Level mathematics must be achieved at grade C or above
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma 128 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification You must obtain EITHER a minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit from a suitable level 3 qualification OR A Level mathematics must be achieved at grade C or above
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate 128 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification You must obtain EITHER a minimum of Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit from a suitable level 3 qualification OR A Level mathematics must be achieved at grade C or above

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with no less than 5.5 in any level

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

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Automotive Engineering at Birmingham City University - UCAS