FdSc Engineering (Automotive Engineering)


Program Description

Course Description

Study Automotive Engineering at Somerset College and you’ll have access to our brand-new, purpose-built facilities. We specialise in engine mapping, advanced diagnostics, vehicle performance enhancement, advanced vehicle technology and hybrid vehicles - and our staff are among the best in the country when it comes to their knowledge and expertise.

Thanks to our close working relationship with the automotive industry, our courses provide the perfect preparation for life in the real world, and our students are highly employable. Our focus throughout is on equipping you with practical skills, and you will have a chance to use a wide range of tools, techniques, equipment and software.

During the course, you will:

  • gain a clear understanding of the fundamentals of engineering and the skills required to apply that knowledge effectively
  • learn how to assess the risks involved in engineering work and quickly gain a thorough understanding of the need to develop and apply safe systems of working
  • study ECU mapping and programming
  • study hybrid technology
  • conduct research into engine power enhancement

    Modules studied include:

  • Power Train Technology
  • Vehicle Technology
  • Advanced Vehicle Performance Engineering
  • Engineering Design
  • Fault Diagnostics and Repair
  • Instrumentation and Control
  • Materials
  • Vehicle Electrical and Electronic Systems
  • Engineering Science
  • Mathematics
  • Automotive Industry Management and Organisation
  • Organisation Engineering Drawing and CAD
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Project
  • Engineering Design
  • Business and Finance

In addition, you will have the chance to attend the Autosport and Engineering Show at the NEC in Birmingham, as well as presentations and lectures held at a number of other institutions.

Teaching and Assessment

Assessment is by assignments, examinations and presentations. You will be required to complete both individual and group projects. Thanks to our recent investment of £3.5 million in a new Automotive Centre, you will have the chance to work on the very latest equipment in the industry, and make use of Snap-On-Tools. So your skills will be refined, and focused on meeting the needs of potential employers.

Progression Opportunities

On successful completion of the FdSc course you may be able to progress to one further year of study for the BSc (Hons) Mechanical Design and Manufacture degree at Plymouth University.

Please note there is a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability.

Career Progression

This qualification significantly improves your employment prospects in motorsport, the retail motor industry or the road transport sector. Previous graduates have pursued rewarding careers at companies such as Cosworth, Lotus Cars, Honda and VOSA.

The Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)

Entry Requirements

Applicants need a relevant National Diploma (PPP) or AS/A2 Levels (minimum 120 points, including 80 points at A2 Level). An NVQ Level 3 or CGLI Level 3 in Motor Vehicle Studies will suffice, as will an IMI Level 3 qualification or Advanced Diploma or Access Certificate. We also like students to have GCSE English Language at a minimum of Grade C.

Mature students who do not meet these formal entry requirements are welcome to apply, if they can evidence their interest in the field of study.

Last updated Feb 2018

About the School

Located in Taunton the County Town of Somerset, in the heart of the South West, Somerset College offers an extensive range of Further and Higher Education courses as well as skills training in a warm, ... Read More

Located in Taunton the County Town of Somerset, in the heart of the South West, Somerset College offers an extensive range of Further and Higher Education courses as well as skills training in a warm, friendly and welcoming environment. Our success speaks for itself with fantastic achievements and great careers for our students. Read less