BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering (Including foundation year)

If you don’t have the right qualifications to start our BEng Automotive Engineering degree, you could opt to start your studies with a foundation course.

You’ll study introductory modules relevant to the degree course whilst developing key skills for academic study. Successful completion of the introductory foundation year will allow you to progress onto the BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering.

Designed to meet the accreditation requirements of the IET for Chartered Engineer status, the automotive engineering course includes elements of mathematical and physical sciences required to design, develop and manufacture a range of engineering systems.

You will study the elements of electrical engineering, such as power and control, crucial for analysing and designing electromechanical drive systems. Programming smart embedded systems will also be covered so that you are ready for the fast development in autonomous and driverless cars.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
H333 Full-time 4 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
H333 Full-time 4 Years September Treforest A

In the first year of the automotive engineering programme you will sit modules that are all common between electrical and mechanical engineering students. This is to ensure all underlying pre-request knowledge for modern automotive engineering is covered.

Finally, you study elements of management, business and professional practice. This will develop your initiative, and effective communication and interpersonal skills, to achieve the high level of technical leadership required in a modern engineering environment. Your new skills will be further tested through group and individual research and design projects.

Foundation year: Automotive Engineering degree

The Foundation Year will give you a good understanding of our engineering courses and provide you with a good numerical background to support you throughout the remainder of the degree. Following your initial foundation year, you will progress onto the modules studied as part of your award.

  • Foundations of Mathematics
  • Further Foundation Maths for Engineers
  • Essential Engineering Skills
  • Engineering Project
  • Foundation Engineering Principles
  • English for Engineering (optional)
  • Electrical Science (optional)

Year One: Automotive Engineering degree

  • Mathematics for Engineers
  • Design and Manufacture
  • Electrical Principles
  • Introduction to C programming and Embedded Systems
  • Engineering Applications
  • Thermofluids for Engineers

Year Two: Automotive Engineering degree

  • Configuration and Programming of Embedded Systems
  • Power, Machines, and Control
  • Group Project and Management for Engineers
  • Engineering Material Science
  • Design for Automotive Engineers
  • Energy Storage Technology

Year Three: Automotive Engineering degree

  • Hybrid / Electric Vehicle Technology
  • Power Systems
  • Vehicle Dynamics and Structure
  • Autonomous Vehicle Technology
  • Individual Project


The Automotive Engineering programme taps into the renowned expertise of the Centre for Automotive & Power System Engineering (CAPSE), a nationally recognised research, development, test and certification centre at the University of South Wales, with a reputation for cutting edge research within the advanced automotive and power systems engineering sectors. The course will also build on the University’s strong links with Formula Student.

We have strong links with industry and place considerable emphasis on student projects. We also encourage industrial placements as part of a sandwich year option.

You can study this degree as a four-year (including foundation year) full-time course or over five years to include a sandwich work placement.

Typical contact hours for a 20 credit module are 48 hours lectures per module (two hours a week) plus 24 hours of labs (one hour a week). Students are typically expected to spend about 72 hours independent study per 20 credit module per year.

This engineering programme is taught through lectures, which are supported by tutorials, practical sessions and seminar groups. Wherever possible, your work will be based on live projects and case studies, with contributions from industry professionals.

Throughout your training, you will engage in activities, such as practicals, individual and group projects, that help you become self-reliant, self-motivated and resourceful, as well as develop leadership qualities and management expertise.


You will be assessed through a combination of examinations and coursework.


This course is currently pending IET accreditation. This would confer partial requirement for Chartered Engineering (CEng) status. This means that what you learn meets industry standards, so you will graduate with the engineering ability and managerial business skills to succeed.


Students are encouraged to spend a year working in industry. This year will give you first-hand experience of working in the automotive engineering sector.

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Our engineering facilities are excellent. They include: composite making facilities, additive manufacturing facilities, laser scanner, aluminium casting facility, a wind tunnel, material testing facilities, non-destructive facilities as well as laboratories with equipment for supplementing teaching in mechanics, dynamics, thermodynamics, fluid-dynamics and control.

We also have a well-equipped Formula Student build area. Our electronics labs feature industry-standard facilities help you make the transition from the classroom into an employment setting.



We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

The entry criteria below reflect our standard entry requirements for the course. However, all applications received by the University are reviewed holistically and individually.

Contextual offers

We may make you a lower offer based on a range of factors, including your background (where you live and the school or college that you attended for example), your experiences and individual circumstances (as a care leaver, for example). This is referred to as a contextual offer and we receive data from UCAS to support us in making these decisions. USW prides itself on its student experience and we support our students to achieve their goals and become a successful graduate. This approach helps us to support students who have the potential to succeed and who may have faced barriers that make it more difficult to access university. Here is a link to our Contextual Admissions Policy.  

Other qualifications and experience

We can also consider combinations of qualifications and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable. We can sometimes consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or advanced entry to year two or three of a course where this is possible.

To find out which qualifications have tariff points, please refer to the UCAS tariff calculator.

If you need more help or information or would like to speak to our friendly admissions team, please contact us here

GCSE: grade C or above, in Mathematics and English is required.

Individuals will be considered based on their experience.

Typical A-Level Offer

DD, 48 tariff points

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Pass Pass Pass or BTEC Diploma Pass Pass

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff points

International Entry Requirements

If your current qualifications don't meet the entry requirements for entry onto year 1 of your chosen undergraduate degree, we offer one-year International Foundation Programmes through our pathway partnership with QAHE to help you reach the level required for progression. For more information visit our Pathway website.


Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2024 - July 2025 Fees

  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £15260 

August 2025 - July 2026 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.


Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).

To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.

UK students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International and EU students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK. 

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Admissions statement

Graduates from this Automotive Engineering degree can take on the role of:

  • Automotive design engineer
  • Reliability and asset management engineering
  • Automotive production engineering
  • Car production engineer
  • Product manager (with experience)
  • R&D engineer

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.