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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. Plus, you’ll also have the opportunity to join our BCU Formula Student racing team.

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 engineering 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 automotive engineering 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.

Why Choose Us?

  • Our graduates have progressed into roles with leading companies such as Jaguar Land Rover and Ford Motor Company.

  • You can take part in our international Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Formula Student event at Silverstone.

  • You will gain transferable skills through group work and project-based challenges, broadening and enhancing your employability prospects.

  • You will gain an understanding of the commercial, legal, ethical and environmental factors associated with automotive engineering.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code H330
Institution code B25
Campus name Millennium Point Campus
Campus code A

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points GCSE grade 4 Must include Mathematics and English Language.
Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu of GCSE subjects as long as the required subject are covered.
Must have been achieved at the point of application.
A level BBC Must include A Level Mathematics Grade C minimum.
Can include AS Levels and/or tariff point qualifications.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Including Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians or Merit in further Mathematics for Technicians.
Access to HE Diploma 60 credits overall. Minimum of 45 credits at level 3. Including 12 credits at Merit or Distinction with 9 in Mathematics and 3 in Science.
Must already hold GCSE Mathematics and English Lamguage Grade C or higher or the equivalent at application point.
Scottish Higher Achieve a minimum of 112 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 (BBCCC) are required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).  
2 advanced highers with Mathematics at advanced highers or equivalent grade BC.
AS AA - EE Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points minimum
Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 112 points minimum, including A Level Mathematics Grade C minimum.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points minimum
Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 112 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 112 tariff points minimum
Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 112 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 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 4. Must have been achieved at the point of application, or currently taking:-
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
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 & 5. 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 & 5. A transcript will be required.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points points overall with a minimum of 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). Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates and alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 112 UCAS Tariff Points. Obtain a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.
Students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above Grade 5 or above in Mathematics at Standard Level will be accepted in lieu of this from the IB Diploma. 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 English Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR
English 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 112 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. Maths must be at Higher Level. 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 112 tariff points minimum
Including Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians or Merit in further Mathematics for Technicians.
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma D*D* Including Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians or Merit in further Mathematics for Technicians.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM 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 112 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 112 tariff points minimum
Including Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians or Merit in further Mathematics for Technicians.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Only in combination with other qualifications
Can be combined with two A levels, a BTEC Diploma, or OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma to achieve a total of 112 UCAS points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D* 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* Can be combined with one A level, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, or two AS levels to achieve a total of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D* Can be combined with one A level, AS level, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, or OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma to achieve a total of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 112 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 CCD.  Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).
2 advanced highers with Mathematics at advanced highers or equivalent grade BBC.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 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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