BSc (Hons) Motorsport Technology

Industry-standard, purpose-built workshop, laboratory and manufacturing facilities, the opportunity to apply for placements and internships with our partner race teams, manufacturers and suppliers, and lecturers who share your passion combine to make our IMechE-accredited BSc (Hons) Motorsport Technology degree ideal if you want a career in the motorsport industry.

Motorsport Technology

Key information

Award:

BSc (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

3 years

Location:

University of Bolton

UCAS points:

104

UCAS code:

F4G5

Start date:

23/09/2024

Course Details

A career in the motorsport industry allows you to work at the cutting edge of engineering technology. By studying for your BSc (Hons) in Motorsport Technology at the University of Bolton, you will develop the knowledge, skill, and experience necessary to support and deliver engineering operations at the highest levels of motorsport while experiencing life at our supportive, student-focussed, multicultural campus.

On this course, you'll focus on the core themes of design, manufacturing, and operations. To underpin these themes, you'll also study core engineering subjects, including maths and engineering principles, and motorsport-specific subjects, which develop your understanding of motorsport systems and applications.

You'll develop fundamental skills in computer aided design (CAD) using industry-standard software tools and processes. We'll also give you the opportunity to turn this into an industry-recognised professional CAD certification. Industrially focussed group design projects will let you use your design skills to develop innovative solutions to real-life challenges in motorsport.

In collaboration with the University of Bolton's Centre for Advanced Manufacturing, you'll learn the fundamentals of manufacturing technology, starting with manual and CNC machining, fabrication and composite manufacturing, and developing advanced manufacturing skills such as polymer and metallic additive manufacturing,

You'll learn from our lecturers' motorsport industry experience as well as guest lectures, masterclasses from industry experts, and factory visits, ensuring you gain valuable insights into the operation of race teams and manufacturers. You'll also develop an understanding of race team trackside operations, including systems, data and performance engineering.

We embed employability skills in our course, and you'll have our support to apply for a range of placements and internships with our partner race teams, manufacturers and suppliers. We also aim to help you develop lifelong learning skills so that you can take ownership of your professional development for the future, maximising your potential for success.

If you don't have the appropriate qualifications to start this course, a four-year version with a foundation year is available.

Highlights
  • This programme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.
  • We have industry-standard, purpose-built workshops and laboratories, and advanced manufacturing facilities.
  • We offer the opportunity to apply for placements and internships with our partner race teams, manufacturers and suppliers.
  • We are based in the purpose-built National Centre for Motorsport Engineering (NCME).
  • We help you develop lifelong learning skills so that you can take ownership of your professional development for the future, maximising your potential for success.
Key Features
  • The University of Bolton has a distinguished history in engineering education.
  • We have a student-centred approach to teaching and learning, with personal academic tutor support and a favourable staff-to-student ratio.
  • You'll benefit from open access and skills development in industry-standard computer aided design, manufacturing and analysis software.
  • Course materials are available online in our virtual learning environment (VLE), allowing you to prepare work at home and make the most of the highly interactive in-class tuition.
  • By choosing to study with us, you'll have the chance to enjoy Bolton's many shops, bars, restaurants and leisure facilities. Nearby Manchester is one of the UK's most multicultural and lively cities, and the Northwest of England is renowned for its beautiful countryside, coastline, and heritage.
Professional recognition

The University of Bolton's BSc (Hons) Motorsport Technology is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer. Please see the Engineering Council UK website for further details.


  • 104 UCAS points. We accept a full range of qualifications that carry UCAS points, including A-levels, BTECs and T levels. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points. For most courses, we are also able to consider non-tariffable qualifications.
  • Your Level 3 subjects must include a mathematics-based subject and a science-based subject; for instance, A-level Mathematics and Physics or BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering.
  • You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent), including English, Mathematics and Science.
  • You'll be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • We'll be happy to consider your application if you have non-traditional entry qualifications and relevant experience or a suitable portfolio of work that we deem a reasonable substitute for the qualifications we typically accept for this course. If you have an HND/C in an appropriate engineering discipline, then we'll consider you for entry to level HE5 of this programme, depending on the subject area of qualification and the level of maths and science that you have achieved. You may be asked to undertake additional assessment(s) to determine your suitability for the course.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


This course focuses on developing the knowledge, skill, and experience necessary to support and deliver engineering operations at the highest levels of the motorsport or automotive industry.

In addition to technical knowledge, this programme offers you the opportunity to develop a range of key employability skills. These include using specialist knowledge creatively and innovatively to solve problems, producing and interpreting technical solutions, and explaining design ideas. You'll also be able to communicate effectively (via speech and writing) and possess good teamwork, project and time management, and strong decision-making skills.

What can I do with this qualification?

The UK competes on the world stage in motorsport engineering, and an exciting range of career opportunities are available. Careers in motorsport engineering are diverse, and employers range from race teams to manufacturers and suppliers. Fundamental engineering knowledge and related transferable skills are sought after by the global engineering industry, including automotive, aerospace, marine and rail companies.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification to enter a range of other careers. Some of these roles may require relevant experience and/or postgraduate study. Some possibilities include:

  • Research and development
  • Design engineering
  • Test and development engineering
  • Manufacturing engineering
  • Operations management
  • Materials science
  • Project management
  • Quality management
  • Consultancy
  • Technical sales

Course fees
Home Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2024/252025/262026/272027/28
2024£9,250£9,250£9,250-£27,750
International Year of study Total
Entry year2024/252025/262026/272027/28
2024£15,950£15,950£15,950-£47,850

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2023-2024 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on www.gov.uk for information.

The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

For 2023-2024 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2023-2024 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Bursaries

Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton students.


For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

If you wish to apply for multiple institutions or multiple courses at Bolton for September entry, then apply through UCAS

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £27. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £22.50 is applicable.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

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If you have carefully considered your course and institution choices and decided that this course is the best option for you, you may apply directly to the University using our online application form shown below.

A direct application to Bolton provides the following features:

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  • Contact us directly for any admissions queries

  • Regular updates on your application directly from the University

  • Invites to offer holder events and taster sessions where you can meet your future tutors and get a flavour of university life

NOTE: You cannot apply both through UCAS and directly to Bolton. Submitting an application to any university through UCAS during the same academic year will void any direct application you make to Bolton.

For courses starting in September, please be aware that we are required to share your information with UCAS if we accept you on this course. We will create a simplified UCAS acceptance record on your behalf and return this to UCAS. By submitting your application directly to the University of Bolton, you agree to these terms.

If you are ready to apply directly, please select your chosen start date from the list below.

Before applying, please read the entry requirements section of this page.

If your course runs at multiple locations or has various start dates, please be sure to select the correct application link from the list below.

Before beginning your application, you should have the following information to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history, including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already inputted.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions-team@bolton.ac.uk

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NOTE: You cannot apply both through UCAS and directly to Bolton. Submitting an application to any university through UCAS during the same academic year will void any direct application you make to Bolton.

For courses starting in September, please be aware that we are required to share your information with UCAS if we accept you on this course. We will create a simplified UCAS acceptance record on your behalf and return this to UCAS. By submitting your application directly to the University of Bolton, you agree to these terms.

If you are ready to apply directly, please select your chosen start date from the list below.

Before applying, please read the entry requirements section of this page.

If your course runs at multiple locations or has various start dates, please be sure to select the correct application link from the list below.

Before beginning your application, you should have the following information to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history, including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including email addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already inputted.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions-team@bolton.ac.uk

We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!


You'll be expected to attend formally timetabled classes, including lectures, tutorials, and tutor-led in-class exercises, and engage with case studies, laboratory activities, investigations and assignments, in groups and individually. All these activities are designed to help you acquire and develop appropriate concepts, knowledge and skills. Our personal tutor system underpins all our teaching and provides one-on-one support, peer support and individual care and attention.

Other teaching methods, such as open-ended projects, and design, make and test activities, provide opportunities to develop creativity and innovation skills. These are designed to meet the professional body accreditation requirements and help you apply, assimilate, and integrate your understanding of the course material.

Personal study time is required, and we'll assess your progress through a strategic blend of project or design reports, examinations, portfolios, presentations, blogs and other assignments. Some assessments contribute to your final module marks, while others are designed to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, and where you need to seek extra support from course tutors.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Engineering Skills and Practice
  • Engineering Design 1
  • Technology Mathematics
  • Engineering Principles 1
  • Engineering Materials
  • Motorsport Engineering Applications
  • Advanced Computer Aided Design
  • Engineering Design 2
  • Data Engineering
  • Engineering Principles 2
  • Manufacturing
  • Motorsport Systems
  • Individual Project
  • Product Engineering and Innovation
  • Performance Engineering
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Motorsport Operations
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 82%, Written exams 18%
Level twoCoursework 68%, Practical exams 8%, Written exams 25%
Level threeCoursework 82%, Written exams 10%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 67%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 33%
Level twoGuided independent study 77%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 23%
Level threeGuided independent study 77%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 23%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Alan Rawcliffe
Lecturer

A.Rawcliffe@bolton.ac.uk

Stuart Donohoe
Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer

S.Donohoe@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903251

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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