Foundation Degree in Motorsport Engineering (Validated by The Open University)

This Foundation Degree course is Full-time Higher Education programme which lasts 2 years. This course is aimed at current Level 3 Motorsport students as a progression route or any students who currently have completed A Levels or a Level 3 equivalent qualification.


Academic Year: 2023/24
Course Code: 11091
Campus: Bangor
Study Type: Full-Time
Education Level Higher Education
Department: Motor Vehicle

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Course Structure

Year 1 Modules

Engineering Practical Applications 1

Engine and Hybrid Technology

Engineering Mathematics

Engineering Science

Engineering Practical Applications 2

Vehicle Electronics and Diagnostic Techniques

Year 2 Modules

Motorsport Powertrain

Motorsport Management and Logistics

Engineering Design

Work-Based Learning/ Projects

Chassis Dynamics and Data Acquisition

Please note, course fees are payable on each year of the Programme.

Foundation Degree in Motorsport Engineering (Validated by The Open University) - Programme Specification

Contact Hours per week:

16.75 hours contact time to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials.

Mandatory Additional Study

Maximum of 3 hours per week average over the academic year.

Personal Study

22 hours maximum studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, including use of online materials.

Students who wish to gain admission at first year of the Foundation Degree:

  • Must possess a minimum of 64 UCAS points (normally from A levels or Level 3 Diploma) or access to Higher Education Diploma with an overall average of 45+%  
  • Applicants must have achieved a minimum of Grades C or above in English and Maths or other equivalent qualifications, such as Essential Skill Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy. 
  • In addition to Maths and English, two additional GCSE’s at Grade C or above are required.   
  • Complete the admissions process which includes passing an entry assessment into the course.

This will be assessed via an entry test as part of the interview and selection process.     

Applicants who do not hold any formal Level 3/4 qualifications but hold significant and relevant Industrial experience may gain admission through experiential learning and should request the college Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) procedure.    

English Language Requirements for International students:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level
  • B2 IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)
  • PTE 51 Or an approved equivalent test in English    

Tier 4 Students:

  • SERC will only accept a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for issuing a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Students who wish to gain admission at year two of the Foundation Degree:  

  • Learner will have successfully completed and achieved all learning modules of the Level 4.   
  • Learners will require a Certificate in Higher Education or a Higher National Certificate (or equivalent) in a related subject, qualifications deemed equivalent or by the College’s policy relating to APEL.

Students are assessed using a range of different methods. These include time constrained assignments, coursework, Project Based Learning, presentations, practical, posters, leaflets, role-play, and case studies.  This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study.  Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.

Successful completion of the course could lead to either a career in the motorsport or related industry or to a related degree programme.

On completion of the course it is envisaged that students will:

  • Have acquired a high level of motorsport engineering skills and relevant industrial exposure to allow them to gain employment within the motorsport sector.
  • Understand the relationship between key areas of motorsport technologies including engine technologies, chassis design, emerging technologies and sustainability issues.
  • Effectively plan, present and manage motorsport projects.
  • Identify the opportunities available to them upon completion of the course including life-long learning.

As part of the course you will be in the workshop. You will therefore require suitable PPE (boots, overalls, gloves etc estimated cost £ 100.

As part of the course you will be expected to participate in field trips to race events which will incur an estimated cost of £100.

Year 1 Modules (6 modules)

Engineering Practical Applications 1

Engine and Hybrid

Technology Engineering

Mathematics Engineering

Science Engineering

Practical Applications 2

Vehicle Electronics and Diagnostic Techniques

Year 2 Modules (5 modules)

Motorsport Powertrain

Motorsport Management and Logistics

Engineering Design

Work-Based Learning/ Projects

Chassis Dynamics and Data Acquisition

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Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

We strive to ensure the description of courses on SERC's website and in publications is accurate. However, for various reasons there may be occasions when the College may need to change arrangements or be unable to deliver classes due to circumstances such as reduced funding. If there are insufficient numbers applying for a course it may not be viable to deliver the class.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:
SERC Open University Regulations
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