Course Information

Who is the course for?

The course aims to develop the skills and knowledge needed to become a highly qualified Engineer in the Motorsport Industry. You will be prepared for employment in the industry through taught sessions, visits from professionals and a range of work placement opportunities. The course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to become a valued employee within either the automotive or motorsports industry. The link with Oxford Brookes University will ensure that the quality and relevance of this Foundation Degree will be at the highest level.

Awarding body: Oxford Brookes University

What will I study on the course?

Modules include:

  • Aerodynamics
  • Composite Materials
  • Powertrain Technology
  • Data Acquisition and Analysis
  • Advanced Engine Technology
  • Engineering Science
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Performance Engineering
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Vehicle Dynamics
  • Business Management Techniques
  • Microprocessors
  • Work Placements (mandatory module requiring a 30 day placement).

What is special about studying at Bridgwater College?

The College has a well-established international student support programme, which starts with an induction programme upon arrival to help students to acclimatise to life in the UK, and continues with the allocation of a personal tutor who will offer advice and guidance.

The College has an excellent reputation both regionally and nationally as a highly successful provider of education and training. The College:

  • Is a Learning and Skills Beacon status College
  • Has been designated an Outstanding College by Ofsted
  • Received 11 National Beacon Awards in recent years
  • Meets the Matrix Standard for information, advice and guidance services
  • Has been accredited with the Training Quality Standard for provision to employers

The examination and course results consistently place the college amongst the best of all education and training providers in the South West.

Visa Nationals

Bridgwater College has been recognised as Highly Trusted Sponsor by the UK Border Agency. As a student on an international student visa you must study at least 15 hours a week in College. Your attendance on the course will be strictly monitored by the college with a weekly register. Your student visa entitles you to work some hours during the week as well as full time during your holidays. The college applies a “zero absence policy”.

We strongly advise you to follow thoroughly the UKBA changes of regulations which may affect your decision. The college will inform you of any changes but cannot be made responsible. Rules will be applied on the date of the change or per the UKBA recommendation.

What will I need for the course?

You will typically need a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points or equivalent from a Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject area and a grade C or above in GCSE Mathematics. Students must also be able to demonstrate written use of English. Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications may be admitted with APL or APEL in accordance with university regulations.

Mature students with relevant experience including a substantial period of suitable employment in the field of Motorsport Engineering are welcome to apply.

What makes this course special?

Studying at Bridgwater College will give you access to:

  • Links with many motorsport companies
  • Full rolling road facilities
  • Specialist sessions from people at the top of the manufacturer and motorsport career ladder
  • Advanced chassis set-up equipment
  • Cylinder head flow analysis equipment
  • The experience of being part of a race team — read more at Bridgwater College Racing Team

How long is the course?

The course is run for three days per week over two years at College in combination with self directed study.

Please note: this is a two year course and there will be additional fees in the second year. 

Will this course lead to a qualification?

A Foundation Degree in Motorsport Engineering from Oxford Brookes University.

What can I do on completion of this course?

You can progress onto a range of final year degree courses including the BSc in Motorsport Engineering at Oxford Brookes University. You will have the skills to work in a range of roles within the Automotive or Motorsport industries.

How much will it cost?

For international students starting in September 2014, the course fees are £7,500 per annum.

Please Note: This is a two year course and there will be additional fees in the second year.

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