Birmingham City University

Automotive Engineering Birmingham City University Degree level: Undergraduate

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Our MEng Automotive Engineering will develop your technical skills, enhance your creative thinking and give you the opportunity to learn from industry experts. We provide a stimulating environment, where we will encourage your creativity and help you to develop the attributes you need to stand out from the crowd. Our course is designed to meet industry’s current and expected future needs, so that upon graduating you will have the intellectual, technical and personal qualities necessary to successfully implement new technologies. You will develop knowledge and application skills in stress analysis, drivetrain systems, suspension, as well as body engineering, design and management. Throughout your course you will benefit from our strong industry links with companies such as the Morgan Motor Company, Westfield Sportscars and Aquila Racing Cars, Siemens and GKN. You will also be encouraged to join our BCU Formula Student racing club, which designs and builds a racing car each July to race at the IMechE-sponsored event at Silverstone. Choosing to study the MEng integrated Master’s degree programme will enable you to stand out from the crowd on graduation with a Master’s level qualification. You will also undertake a final year project which will help you to develop advanced technical and professional skills.

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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

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 128 points
A level ABB A minimum of two Alevels towards the tariff of 128 points grades ABB. Alevel maths is required at grade C or above
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM An overall grading of Distinction, Distinction, Merit in Engineering including either a Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or a Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit.
Access to HE Diploma Pass overall in an Engineering Access diploma with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2, including with 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 Achieve a minimum of 128 tariff points achieved from either five Highers or a combination of two Highers offered with two Advanced Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of (BBBBC) are required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of BC in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).  
A combination of highers and advanced highers but must include advanced higher in grade C in Mathematics;
AS AA - EE Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 128 tariff points minimum
Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 128 points minimum, including A Level Mathematics Grade C minimum.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 128 tariff points minimum
Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 128 points minimum, including A Level Mathematics Grade C minimum or Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians.
Extended Project Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 128 tariff points minimum
Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 128 points minimum, including A Level Mathematics Grade C minimum or Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE grade 4 Must include Mathematics and English Language.
Must have been achieved at the point of application.
Considered in lieu of GCSE Mathematics or English Language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of application.
City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy
Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2
Key Skills level 2 - Application of Number and Communication.
HNC (BTEC) P Engineering related courses
May be considered for advanced entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content of level 4. A transcript will be required.
HND (BTEC) P Engineering related courses
May be considered for advanced entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content of level 4. A transcript will be required.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 32 points points overall with grade 4 or above in at least one Higher Level subject from Group 3 or 4: Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates if they obtain a total of 16 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects with grade 4 or above in at least one Higher Level subject from Group 3 or 4 and alongside Students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above grade 4 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted Engineering related courses. Students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) Group A - Grade 4 or above, English Language Group B Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.

A combination of GCSEs, A-levels and IB certificates will be considered on a case by case basis
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. Maths must be at Higher Level (grade TBC). 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.
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 128 tariff points minimum
Including Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians or Merit in further Mathematics for Technicians.
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 128 tariff points minimum
Including Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians or Merit in further Mathematics for Technicians.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DDM Including Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians or Merit in further Mathematics for Technicians.
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 128 tariff points minimum
Including Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians or Merit in further Mathematics for Technicians.
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 128 tariff points minimum
Including Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians or Merit in further Mathematics for Technicians.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 128 tariff points minimum
Including Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians or Merit in further Mathematics for Technicians.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D* Including Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians or Merit in further Mathematics for Technicians. Not including Early Years
Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 128 points minimum, including A Level Mathematics Grade C minimum or Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D* Including Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians or Merit in further Mathematics for Technicians. Not including Early Years
Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 128 points minimum, including A Level Mathematics Grade C minimum or Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians.
Scottish Advanced Higher ABB Achieve a minimum of 128 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CCB.  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).
2 advanced highers with Mathematics at advanced highers or equivalent grade ABB


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) with no less than 5.5 in any level

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

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Birmingham City University
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B5 5JU


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