FdSc Competition Motorcycle Technology (subject to approval)

About the course

The course is delivered at University Centre Myerscough and awarded by the University of Central Lancashire. The competition motorcycle industry employs a diverse range of highly skilled professional people in all aspects of design, manufacture, competition preparation and support. The aim of the Myerscough, Competition Motorcycle Technology course is to provide the skills that make a team successful, and provide an in depth understanding of the sport.

The course includes the planning of teamwork with the option to participate in events. Modules within the course will give you the grounding and understanding of the fundamentals of the motorcycle industry whilst also providing the opportunity to specialise in motorcycle dynamics, competition preparation, race set-up and working practices employed by the industry. You will gain an understanding in the current industry practices and standards, essential in preparing you to join the industry. The course also includes hands on work preparing competition motorcycles, designing components and investigating technical systems.

All modules are designed to complement each other and provide a knowledge of the industry and how it operates.

Course modules

Year 1

Business Management

This module introduces key areas of management activity such as human resource management, leadership, marketing and finance to allow students to develop further knowledge and skills to improve future employability in land based industries.

Academic and Vocational Skills

This module provides students with first-hand experience where students will use their industry environment to develop practical and technical skills. Students will record and reflect on their own personal development during the module.

Engineering Principles

To provide students with the knowledge and practical experience of the most commonly used manufacturing processes, including; health and safety, Fitting and Sheet Metal, Lathework, Measurement and inspection, Milling, CNC Machining and Welding. Skills learned in this module will be transferable throughout the industry.

Data Collection

The methods used to collect data and the subsequent analysis techniques are a fundamental part of functioning within a scientific discipline. Furthermore, technical professions require graduates who can solve problems through the use of background research and are capable of testing concepts using the appropriate methods. Students will be taught to design experiments so that the data collected can be assessed for accuracy and reliability.

Logistics

Students will study how equipment, resources and people are transported throughout the UK and the EU. This will include various forms of legislation and learning how to comply with these regulations. Students will develop problem solving skills as well as being able to evaluate different solutions to given logistical problems. A major part of the assessment for this module is being able to evaluate the various logistical constraints and their impact on each other.

Competition Motorcycle Preparation

The aim of this module is to enable students to explore the fundamental operating principles of competition Motorcycles. Including the selection of components for competition preparation, race set-up, adherence to regulation and working to motorcycle industry specifications.

Year 2

Competition Vehicle Dynamics

The student will gain a better understanding of competition motorcycle dynamics, application and fault finding. Studying the dynamic effects of a motorcycle during steady state and transient conditions. Developing problem solving solutions and applying principles to scenarios. Simulation software will be utilised to put theory to practice.

Manufacturing and Fabrication (Double Module)

Evaluate appropriate materials, develop problem solving and technical skills and organise and analyse team operations in a vehicles/machinery context. This module combines theory and practical experience working with materials used within the industry.

Motorsport Data Acquisition Systems

As computer based systems become more essential within the motorsport industry it becomes more important that students understand how they work, their strengths and their limitations. The development of this technology means that it is now a vital tool in the operations of a competition team. This module aims to explore a range of Technical Information Systems. The module will explain data capture and transmission systems. Hardware and software technology will be applied in commercial situations. Students will analyse and critically evaluate data.

Computer Aided Design (CAD)

Computer-aided design (CAD) is the use of computer systems to aid in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimisation of a design. CAD software is used to increase the productivity of the designer, improve the quality of design, improve communications through documentation, and to create a database for manufacturing.

Industry Project

This module applies the practical, technical and personal skills developed in the industry project module. It will utilise a structured work environment for students to identify a suitable project, and work with their supervisor in developing and managing the project and reporting on the outcomes. Students will be encouraged to use the work project to develop professional working relationships and identify their chosen career options.

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

5 GCSE passes at Grade C (4) or above (including Maths and English or equivalent)

Plus 48 UCAS Tariff points from one or more of the following:

  • 2 A Levels (A2), at least one at C or above
  • BTEC/C&G Level 3
  • 2 Scottish Highers at C or above
  • 3 Irish Highers at C or above
  • International Baccalaureate at 24 points
  • NVQ Level 3 in a relevant disciplineAS Levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma and Scottish Intermediate 2s may be used to contribute to entry requirements but they are not sufficient for entry on their own. Alternative equivalent qualifications will also be considered positively.

Applicants who believe they may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Certificated and/or Experiential Learning (APCL/APEL) for certain modules will be considered on an individual basis.

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 on-line learning environment and reference facility.

Assessment:

Students will face a variety of assessments including formative and summative assessment, essays, technical reports, group and individual presentations, individual study projects and case studies based on work experience.

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 work placement on this course. The Academic and Vocational Skills and Industry Project modules will utilise both on and off site working environments to provide the opportunity for students to develop real practical and technical skills and help prepare them for employment in their chosen subject area.

Progression

On successful completion of the course, students may apply to top-up to a full Honours Degree in one year, for example BSc (Hons) Motorsport Management and Logistics (Top-up).

Careers

Students gaining the Foundation Degree may seek employment in the industry and opportunities exist in all sections of the sport. Positions such as a data technician, race technician or factory support technician in the motorcycle industry.

Special requirements

Steel toe capped footwear and flame proof overalls are required. A race team shirt is also necessary.

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.