BSc (Hons) Motorsport Competition Car Technology (Top Up)

About the course

The course is delivered at University Centre Myerscough and awarded by the University of Central Lancashire. The motorsports industry is centred on the United Kingdom and employers in the industry require highly capable, motivated staff who can contribute to the success of their teams in all areas. A degree in Motorsport Technology provides the ideal platform for those who wish to progress within the industry.

This course is designed as a progression route for those students who have completed a Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma in a relevant subject area. It focuses on developing further an understanding of motorsport equipment used currently within the industry. The aim of the course is to prepare students for working in the motorsport industry. The knowledge provided by this course provides a basis for management in the workshop with a deeper understanding of data systems and the factors involved in motorsport.

Course modules

Year 1

Contemporary Issues in Motorsport

This module will enable students to critically evaluate a range of current issues that are likely to have a major influence on the structure and development of the industry over the next few years.

Innovative Technology for Motorsport Vehicles

This module aims to explore innovative technology developments in motorsport and how technology has been used to enhance performance. Considerations towards future technologies will be made and how this will impact the industry. Included in this module will be whole-vehicle examples and the development of the technology implemented.

Investigative Project (Double module)

The project will be sourced from industry to improve overall efficiency and function of a machine, competition car or aspect of business. It is intended that each individual uses this project as the vehicle for acquiring knowledge and experience under the philosophy of "Action Learning" thereby facing and addressing real challenges

Professional Practice and Quality Standards

The motorsport industry is a highly disciplined professional environment. This module develops the skills and practices for working in the industry and on events. The student will gain an understanding of professionalism and the quality standards expected by the industry for best practice. This module aims to provide a quantitative value in the role of Quality Assurance and TQM (Total Quality Management) as a tool to improve product quality and management responsibilities within an organisation or business.

Technology Developments in Motorsport

This module examines the development and use of technologies appropriate to the global motorsport industry. Initial sessions will be used to identify the current and potential issues that will affect motorsport in the future. Students will investigate technologies that can be used to resolve these issues and will then critically evaluate them.

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject or 2 years (one at Level 4 and the other at Level 5) of Honours Degree work in a related discipline achieved at 'pass' standard or above. Applicants with alternative equivalent qualifications will also be considered positively. Applicants must also produce evidence of successfully completing a research based module at level 5.

Applicants for whom English is a second language must be able to demonstrate proof of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at level 6.0 (with no component score lower than 5.5) or equivalent.

All offers may be subject to successful interview

Learning and assessment

Learning Environment:

Learning activities on the course are diverse, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, and workshops.

Students are expected to undertake extensive independent study and research to support lectures, seminars and assessments. Group work and group presentations form an important part of the course. Students will have access to specialist IT hardware and software, and an on-line learning environment and reference facility.

Additional Information:

Modules may include guest speakers of standing within the industry. Off-site visits to areas of environmental significance may also be undertaken.

What work experience can I get?

There is no formal industry placement on this course. Students often work or volunteer with race and rally teams whilst studying at University Centre Myerscough. This is encouraged and forms a valuable part of their experience.

Progression

On successful completion of the course, students may apply for Postgraduate studies or employment.

Careers

Students gaining the degree may seek employment in the motorsports industry and opportunities exist in all sections of the sport. Positions such as Technician, Team Manager, Workshop Manager, Team Co-ordinator and sales are all possible career paths. It is expected that graduates of this course will find it easier to progress through their career and reach a higher level.

Special requirements

Steel toe capped footwear and flameproof overalls may be required if and research is undertaken in the workshop.

Extra Costs:

Additional costs for items that are essential for the course include:

· Flame proof overalls and safety footwear - £85

Additional costs for opportunities and items that are optional for the course include:

· Accommodation and subsistence on field trips, visits and race events - £100

· Race Team shirts - £30

Motorsport

The British motorsports industry is recognised as the best in the world with Britons at the heart of a vast range of worldwide motorsport activities. It is a huge industry employing people in businesses from retail performance specialists to preparation companies, with many Formula One and World Rally Teams based in the UK.

Myerscough College has seven motorsport workshops and a number of different competition cars for the continuing development and expansion of motorsport teaching. We believe that hands-on experience is an important aspect of learning and therefore encourages students to take part in a wide range of motorsport events throughout the UK. The department also now features a brand new motorcycle workshop for the learners on our new motorcycle programme.

NEW: Motorcycle Workshop

Myerscough College has recently invested in a brand new state of the art Motorcycle workshop for our new Motorcycle Maintenance course which offers students the chance to work on two wheels, understand the principles of motorcycle mechanics and get involved in the thriving motorcycle sport industry.

Our Partnership with UCLan

All our Higher Education programmes are awarded by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Myerscough College is an Associate School of the University of Central Lancashire, a dynamic, vibrant and contemporary university located in Preston city centre. UCLan is one of the largest universities in the UK with world-leading and internationally excellent research areas. It offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.