Automotive Engineering Foundation/BEng - BEng (Hons)

UCAS Code:
H338
Attendance:
Full Time (4 years), Sandwich (5 years)
Starting:
September 2017
Campus:

Places on this course are available through Clearing

56 points (or equivalent) is the minimum you will need to be considered for this course in Clearing.
See the 'Entry Requirements' tab for more detail.

Call the Clearing hotline now or contact us on social media.

0121 331 6777

Do you want to be at the forefront of developments in the automotive industry?

Now is a fascinating time to work in automotive engineering as manufacturers look to address environmental and climate issues and consider alternatives to liquid fuels and the possibilities of electrification. Autonomous driving technology is another exciting development, with many non-traditional companies such as Google and Apple entering the industry.

What's covered in the course?

The Foundation Year course option enables you to study for our BEng (Hons) degree over an extended full-time duration of four years by including a Foundation Certificate (year one of four). The Foundation Certificate provides a broad study programme that underpins the follow-on degree. In order to progress to the next year of your degree, it is necessary to achieve a pass in all of the modules of the Foundation Certificate.

Our BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering is designed to develop you as an engineer able to make a significant contribution to the industry as it goes through an important period of transition.

Our engineering courses use the Create Design Implement Operate (CDIO) teaching framework, 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, drivetrain systems, suspension, body engineering, design and management.

Our course 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 and Aquila Racing Cars, Siemens, and GKN.

You will also have the opportunity to join our BCU Formula Student racing club, which designs and builds a racing car each July to race at an IMechE-sponsored event at Silverstone.

Why Choose Us?

Why choose us?

  • We are ideally located at the University’s flagship City Centre Campus, based in Millennium Point. In 2017, we are spending £8.7 million on improvements to our Millennium Point facilities so you’ll have even more access to dedicated, industry-standard equipment.
  • The average starting salary of an Automotive Engineering graduate is £25,000 (DLHE 2014/15).
  • Our graduates have progressed into roles with leading companies such as Jaguar Land Rover and Ford Motor Company.
  • You’ll get to participate in our international Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Formula Student event at Silverstone.

This course is open to International students

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Accreditations:

Accreditations shall be renewed in accordance with the accreditor’s standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

This course is accredited by:

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for Clearing 2017

56 points (or equivalent) is the minimum you will need to be considered for this course in Clearing. Please call us to see if we can make you an offer.

Use the UCAS Tariff Calculator to work out your points.

Call our Clearing hotline on 0121 331 6777.

Our Clearing hotline opens at 6am on Thursday 17 August.

Message us on social media

Get an offer or ask a question by direct messaging us on Facebook or Twitter. We’ll be available for 44 hours from 12am on Thursday 17 August.

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Alternative options
  • If you do not have 56 UCAS points, you may like to explore your options if you don’t have enough points for any of our courses.

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students
Essential

At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be accepted.

80 UCAS tariff points from A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2017/18
GCE A Level/ AS Level 80 UCAS tariff points from A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels 

with at least one from a Science, Technology, Mathematics or Computing subject at A Level or equivalent.

Access to Higher Education Diploma In Engineering - Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2, including with a minimum of 12 credits at Merit or Distinction.
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) D*D or combined with other level 3 qualifications.
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years)

Computing/Engineering preferred. Pass, Merit, Merit.

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications. Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical to a total of 80 points minimum.
International Baccalaureate Diploma

1. For students who complete the full IB Diploma: a total of 10 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.

2. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma and who achieve the minimum of 11 points from two High Level subjects will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level)
AND
English Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR
English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5

Irish Leaving Certificate Passes in six subjects at the higher grade including mathematics.
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher Passes in five subjects at the higher grade including mathematics.
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical to a total of 80 points minimum.
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
EU/International students
Essential
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2017/18
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses).

1. For students who complete the full IB Diploma: a total of 10 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.

2. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma and who achieve the minimum of 11 points from two High Level subjects will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level)
AND
English Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR
English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5

Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.
International Students

Entry requirements here

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BEng (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 4 years £9,250 per year Call Clearing hotline
SW 5 years £9,250 per year Call Clearing hotline

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BEng (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 4 years £12,000 per year Call Clearing hotline

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Places available to start in September 2017

If you’d like to start this course full time this September, you can apply through Clearing.

0121 331 6777

Our Clearing hotline opens at 6am on Thursday 17 August.

Message us

Get an offer or ask a question by direct messaging us on Facebook or Twitter. We’ll be available for 44 hours from 12am on Thursday 17 August.

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International and part-time students can apply online as normal using the links above.

Want to start in September 2018?

You can apply via UCAS from 6 September 2017.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements). If your course includes a residential study session, the accommodation costs for this are already included in your course fee.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Foundation Year

Mathematics for Engineers I
20 credits

Mathematics plays a key role in establishing and grounding the professional skills of an engineer. This module aims to help you become proficient at developing engineering models and arguments, and following them through to their logical conclusions.

You will develop your ability to both work on and communicate engineering facts to a wider audience, at a professional standard, interpreting arguments to and from the mathematical language.

The module also enables you to develop key, transferable skills which are essential components for use in other modules on the course and beyond. 

Mathematics for Engineers II
20 credits

Building on your learning in Mathematics for Engineers 1, in this module you will further develop your ability to both work on and communicate engineering truths to a wider audience, at a professional standard, interpreting arguments to and from the mathematical language.

Mathematics plays a key role in establishing and grounding the professional skills of an engineer. This module aims to help you become proficient at developing engineering models and arguments, and following them through to their logical conclusions.

The module also enables you to develop key, transferable skills which are essential components for use in other modules on the course and beyond. 

Practical Skills I
20 credits

This module aims to provide you with the practical and professional skills you need to progress to the second Practical Skills module, and then onto the first year of an engineering degree. It complements the theoretical and mathematical skills you will develop in other course modules.

The subject material will be delivered in three streams: one containing predominantly mechanical and electrical laboratory exercises; a PC-based stream including the use of software to support project planning, communication and analysis; and a project space to integrate your learning from across all elements of the semester.

It is anticipated that the module will be delivered as three two-hour sessions, and will include a very small group tutorial session where you will meet with your tutor in a group of 5-10 students.  

Practical Skills II
20 credits

This module builds on the skills learnt in Practical Skills 1 in order to provide the practical and professional skills you need to progress to the first year of an engineering degree. It complements the theoretical and mathematical skills you will develop in other modules on the course.

The subject material will be delivered in three streams: one containing predominantly mechanical and electrical laboratory exercises; a PC-based stream including the use of software to support project planning, communication and analysis; and a project activity to integrate your learning from across all elements of the semester.

It is anticipated that the module will be delivered as three two-hour sessions, and will include a very small group tutorial session where you will meet with your tutor in a group of 5-10 students.  

Engineering Science I
20 credits

This module aims to give you the knowledge and problem-solving skills that you need to progress to the next science module, and then onto the first year of an engineering degree.  

The subject material will be delivered in two streams – one focusing on mechanical science and the other on electrical science. Each will be delivered as a one-hour lecture followed by a one-hour small group tutorial, giving four hours’ contact per week.

What you learn here will complement what you learn elsewhere in the foundation year, as it relies on knowledge of mathematical techniques developed in the mathematics theme and will provide you with the theoretical underpinning essential for the experimental activities you will be undertaking in the practical theme.

Engineering Science II
20 credits

This module aims to build on Engineering Science 1 to further develop your knowledge and problem-solving skills and enable you to progress to the first year of an engineering degree. It contains the material normally encountered in an A Level physics course which is relevant for entry to an engineering degree. 

The subject material will be delivered in two streams – one focusing on mechanical science and the other on electrical science. Each will be delivered as a one-hour lecture followed by a one-hour small group tutorial, giving four hours’ contact per week.

You will use the mathematical techniques developed in other modules and gain the theoretical knowledge essential for the experimental activities you will be undertaking in practical modules.

Year One

Engineering Principles I
20 credits

The module aims to provide you with the underpinning knowledge and problem-solving skills in engineering science to progress to the next Engineering Principles module, and then onto the second year.

The subject material will be delivered in two streams – one focusing on mechanical science and the other on electrical science. Each will be delivered as a one-hour lecture followed by a one-hour small group tutorial, giving four hours’ contact per week.

What you learn here will complement what you learn elsewhere in the first year, as it relies on knowledge of mathematical techniques developed in the mathematics theme and will provide you with the theoretical underpinning essential for the experimental activities you will be undertaking in the practical theme.

Mathematics and Design
20 credits

Mathematics plays a key role in establishing and grounding the design skills of an engineer, and engineering graduates’ ability to communicate the ideas of engineering.

This module aims to make you proficient in developing the design process, from concept to failure modes effects analysis, via numerical data sets. Application of these data sets includes their interpretation both to and from the mathematical language. 

This module will develop your ability to both work on and communicate engineering realities to a wider audience, at a professional standard. 

Engineering Practice
20 credits

This module concentrates on practical skills to complement the theory and mathematics you learn in other elements of the course, allowing you to progress to later modules and onto the second year.

You will develop practical, professional engineering skills, including skills required for conceiving, designing, implementing and operating engineering solutions.

The subject material will be delivered in three streams: one containing predominantly mechanical and electrical laboratory exercises; a PC-based stream including the use of software to support project planning, communication and analysis; and a project space to integrate your learning from across all elements of the semester.

It is anticipated that the module will be delivered as three two-hour sessions, and will include a very small group tutorial session where you will meet with your tutor in a group of 5-10 students.

Engineering Principles II
20 credits

Building on the Engineering Principles modules in semester one, this module aims to provide the knowledge and problem-solving skills in engineering science to help you progress to the second year of your degree. 

The subject material will be delivered in two streams – one focusing on mechanical science and the other on electrical science. Each will be delivered as a one-hour lecture followed by a one-hour small group tutorial, giving four hours’ contact per week.

What you learn here will complement what you learn elsewhere in the first year, as it relies on knowledge of mathematical techniques developed in the mathematics theme and will provide you with the theoretical underpinning essential for the experimental activities you will be undertaking in the practical theme.

Mathematics and Professional Skills
20 credits

Mathematics plays a key role in establishing and grounding the design skills of an engineer, and the ability to communicate the ideas of engineering which is expected of engineering graduates.

This module aims to make you proficient in developing and presenting engineering models and arguments, and following them through to their logical conclusion.

It will develop your ability to both work on and communicate engineering truths to a wider audience, at a professional standard. 

Integrated Engineering Project
20 credits

The module aims to provide the practical and professional skills to enable you to progress on to the second year of an engineering degree.  As the theoretical aspects of physical science and maths are delivered in other themes of the first year, the Integrated Engineering Project will concentrate on developing your practical skills by applying them to a particular project.

The subject material will be delivered in three streams: one containing predominantly mechanical and electrical laboratory exercises; a PC-based stream including the use of software to support project planning, communication and analysis; and a project space to integrate your learning from across all elements of the semester.

It is anticipated that the module will be delivered as three three-hour sessions, and will include a very small group tutorial session where you will meet with your tutors in groups of 5–10 students.  

Year Two

Thermodynamics and Fluids
20 credits

The module aims to provide a basic understanding of thermodynamic and fluid mechanic concepts. Understanding the transfer of energy within thermodynamic systems and the incurred losses is vital to improve efficiencies in such systems, especially in light of growing environmental concerns and increased economic cost of energy production.

Your knowledge and understanding will be developed through a balanced mixture of lectures and tutorials, with your learning supported by practical experiments.  

Numerical Analysis
20 credits

The module introduces the mathematical concepts such as transform calculus and matrix theory used to solve systems of first and second order differential equations underpinning the engineering disciplines undertaken within the Faculty. 

This provides you with the capability to model systems using both the transfer function and state-space paradigms. In particular, you will be able to model linear systems in continuous and discrete time, as well as by frequency response methods. 

Teaching and assessment will comprise not only traditional lectures and tutorials but also provide training in industry standard software for problem solving within coursework assessment. 

Design and Materials
20 credits

The module provides you with the opportunity to learn about design, sustainable development, teamwork and communication while also contributing towards real international development projects.

You will gain the ability to communicate design ideas and practical details, to evaluate and apply both tangible and subjective feedback, and to conceive, design, implement and operate practical solutions to design opportunities.

It is anticipated that the project for this module will be based on the Engineers without Borders Design for People Challenge. 

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Mechanical Science
20 credits

This module applies the principles of engineering, physics, and materials science to the design, analysis, manufacture, and maintenance of mechanical systems and components. You will learn through the practical application of fundamental mechanical science principles to the analysis and solution of real world problems. 

The course is delivered by way of a lecture introducing a particular real world problem, such as vibration, and the underlying mechanical science principles used to tackle it. You will then engage in interactive tutorials where you will practice applying underlying mechanical science principles.

You will be assessed by a single one and a half hour closed book exam, where you will be able to demonstrate your individual ability to analyse a problem, and apply the relevant mechanical science principles to develop a solution.

Leading Engineering Endeavours
20 credits

This modules will be run as an intensive week-long project activity. An interdisciplinary module, you will work with students from all fields of engineering to develop skills in engineering leadership and experience creating a purposeful vision and delivering on that vision.

This will set the professional skills needed for business in context by combining your technical course-specific knowledge with professional skills.  It is anticipated that the project for this module will be based on the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, with the best teams entering the contest.

Delivery will include guest lectures, including industrial leaders, and a series of mini-lectures to cover key content such as Internationalisation. You will work in groups to further use and develop your skills.

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Design and Manufacture
20 credits

This module develops your research skills, idea generation techniques, and ability to create CAD (computer aided design) models and manufactured components.

You will also gain the ability to communicate design ideas and practical details, to evaluate and apply both tangible and subjective feedback, and to conceive, design, implement and operate practical solutions to design opportunities. 

Year Three

Body and Chassis Performance
20 credits

This module will help you gain an insight into auto body structural behaviour and the relationship to the vehicle, examining elements including thin-walled members, panels, joints, spot welds and local attachments.

Structural models will be analysed in detail, including global body bending, body torsion, crashworthiness, and vibration behaviour. The importance of bending and torsion stiffness on the perceived level of refinement will be discussed, and tools for analysis will be developed.

The interaction between structural topology and vehicle packaging and styling will be discussed, including the need for trade-off analysis in configuration. Methods for selection of alternative body materials will be covered. 

Vehicle Electronics and Control
20 credits

The module presents the analysis, modelling and design of modern vehicle instrumentation and control systems. Industry-standard software will be used for the design and calibration of engine, vehicle, driveline and emissions after-treatment control systems using both time and frequency domain techniques.

Teaching and assessment will comprise not only use of industry standard software for the purposes of mathematical modelling, but also traditional lectures/tutorials assessed by examination. 

Powertrain and Hybrid Vehicles
20 credits

In times of consumer- and legislation-driven demand for increased fuel efficiency and reduced emissions of vehicles, the complexity in the development of future powertrains is continuing to increase. Therefore, a good understanding of powertrain sub-system behaviour is required to solve such complex systems.

The module aims to give you an understanding of current technologies, and also an insight into emerging and future technologies to address the problems of future transportation. Formal lectures, tutorials, hands-on experience in labs and solving problem-based scenarios will enhance your learning. 

Computer Aided Engineering
20 credits

In this module you will focus on combining theoretical concepts and user experience design with the practical “hands-on” approaches widely used by engineering industry. It will help you to use the knowledge you have gained on the course to solve engineering problems found in industry, select appropriate methods to solve problems and show awareness of the limitations of computational methods.

Individual Honours Project
40 credits

This module enables you to undertake a sustained, in-depth and research-informed project exploring an area of personal interest to you. In agreement with your supervisor, you will decide on your topic, which will take the form of a practical outcome (artefact) with accompanying contextual material.

Your topic must be aligned to the programme you are studying, and you should consider the relevance of this topic to your future academic or professional development.

At this level, you will be expected to work independently but you will receive additional one-to-one support from your supervisor, who will be familiar with your chosen topic area. As you progress on the module, extra support will be available and this may take the form of group seminars, workshops and online materials that will help to develop your project.  

The Foundation Year modules focus on developing the key skills you will need to undertake a degree in engineering. In the first semester, you will study modules in Engineering Science, Mathematics for Engineers and Practical Skills. You will then explore these subjects in more depth in semester two.

Assessments will be carried out in a variety of formats, including written assignments, examinations, presentations and in-class testing. There will also be an emphasis on interactive learning, problem-solving tutorials and computer applications.

Intellectual skills, particularly analytical and problem solving skills are developed using a range of case-studies and problem / task based learning scenarios, promoting self-directed learning facilitated by problem-based learning centred upon industry practice and its inherent problems.

Assessment of such activities includes practical simulation and design exercises and individual and group projects, in addition to the methods mentioned above.

Attendance requirements

There are 30 attendance weeks in each academic year.

A typical week on this course will include 12-15 hours per week of contact time over four days, plus self study time.

This course is accredited by:

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). This means the course satisfies academic requirements towards, and allow graduates to apply for, Chartered Engineer status (CEng).

Trips and visits

You will have the opportunity to take part in a range of visits during the course, typically to vehicle manufacturers and tier one component suppliers.

Our course is highly respected by the industry. Our graduates typically enter work with blue chip engineering companies, and are expected to progress to Chartered Engineer status.

When you study with us you’ll learn all the key aspects of automotive engineering that will help you to get a job and you’ll have the intellectual, technical and personal qualities needed to implement new technologies in the automotive engineering sector.

Wherever possible, we involve employers in curriculum planning and many of our lecturers come from and maintain their links with industry, ensuring they maintain their knowledge of the latest developments.

This strong partnership means you benefit throughout your time with us, because you have access to some of the world’s leading car companies, including Bentley, Morgan, Jaguar Land Rover and Ford.

It’s why many of our graduates have gone on to start very successful careers in a wide variety of roles in the industry, in areas ranging from development or design and performance engineering to automotive marketing.

Placements

We aim to have you employer-ready by the time you graduate, and as part of this commitment we encourage you to further enhance your career prospects by including an industrial placement in your course.

You will do your placement after the second year of study, which will extend the duration of your course to four years if you are studying on a full-time basis, and you’ll be supported throughout your time away.

Thanks to our excellent partnerships and strong relationships with industry, you could join the ranks of our students who have gained exceptionally high quality work experience at companies including Bentley.

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

Building work on our new Conservatoire began in the summer of 2015 – and is scheduled for completion in summer 2017. This, along with the construction of a new city centre accommodation block, means our students have access to their very own building sites.

We couple this with the more traditional, office-based facilities:

Surveying equipment

Part of your learning activity will be hands-on, including carrying out survey work using a range of equipment, such as levels, theodolites, measuring tapes.

Computer Assisted Design (CAD)

You will be provided with the latest CAD software – free of charge – to enable you to acquire the skills you need in a modern design office.

Learning from industry experts

Discover more about the industry experts you can meet on our Engineering degree courses.

Laura Leyland is one of our lecturers, watch this video to find out more.

Man-Fai Yau

Senior Lecturer

Man-Fai has 10 years' experience in private sector industry, two years' with a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) and 12 years' university lecturing.

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