Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Motorsport Engineering - FdEng (Foundation Degree)

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Course Type: Degree and university-level Campus: Shoreham Airport Campus Start Date: September 2020 Duration: 2 Years

This full-time course provides a sound knowledge and understanding of the essential core disciplines within motorsport engineering, and equips graduates with the skills and depth of knowledge required to pursue a career within the motorsport or automotive industries. The course will give you a professional foundation for a range of technical and management careers.

Key features

  • Links to industry with guest lectures and site visits
  • Workshops with Yamaha R1 bike, Formula Renault Super Vee and go-karts
  • CAD software and analysis software for CFD and FEA work
  • Access to engineering facilities at our Broadwater campus, including CNC lathes, 3D printers and EDM machines
  • Access to facilities at the University of Brighton, including wind tunnels and optical research engines
  • Optional third year to gain BSc (Hons)

Course requirements

Interview* and normally a relevant Level 3 qualification or A Levels (or equivalent).

Individual offer conditions will vary.

Industry experience may be taken into account.

*During the Coronavirus lockdown, interviews will be conducted by telephone. Please apply in the normal way and we will be in touch.

The course will give you a professional foundation for a range of technical and management careers. You will gain a raised awareness of the social, legal and human aspects of the industry, as well as the ability to apply basic engineering principles and analytical techniques  to problem formulation and solution.

The course is based at Shoreham Airport Campus with access to race vehicles, performance engines and aerospace resources along with other resources such as industry-standard testing and analysis tools for CAD, FEA and CFD, such as Solidworks and many others. All students have regular workshop time with the opportunity to work on a range of different motorsport related projects which form the basis of assignments. Students will be equipped with some of the practical skills required to secure employment within the motorsport industry at technician level.

The college invites in guest speakers from companies such as Ricardo, the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and other industry specialists. We also provide educational trips to Ricardo and the University of Brighton among other leading organisations to enhance and increase industrial exposure to state-of-the-art design and manufacturing and also wind-tunnel testing facilities.

Module list:

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Automotive Engineering Science
  • Computer Aided Design & Engineering
  • Motorsport Engine and Vehicle Technology 1
  • Motor vehicle design & application project
  • Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Materials and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Work Related Portfolio
  • Work Related Project
  • Business Concepts
  • Further Mathematics
  • Motorsport Engine and Vehicle Technology 2
  • Motorsport Performance & Computer Applications
  • Engineering
  • Vehicle aerodynamics

On successful completion of the two-year FdEng course, students can either progress to the third year BSc top-up course, or enter employment.

Potential careers

  • Research and development engineer
  • Pit crew
  • Vehicle designer
  • Production or test engineer
  • Technical representative
  • OEM (original equipment manufacturer) rep/consultant

Graduates of this course have gone on to work in Formula 1, as research and development engineers as well as pit-crew, vehicle designers with major manufacturers such as Aston Martin, Ford, Jaguar, Ricardo and Land Rover - or into the world of motorsport with a variety of race teams.

More generally, engineering graduates move into industry as designers, research and development, production or test engineers, technical representatives and/or managers, within engineering consultants, race teams or OEM’s (original equipment manufacturers).

  • alumni Views Matthew Fenton

    “The relatively small size of the campus provides the students with a better learning experience, as opposed to a traditional lecture hall.”

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