Foundation Degree (FdEng) Motorsport Engineering (full-time)
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Sep 2020
Franchised HE
Castle Combe
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Delivered at Castle Combe Race Circuit and franchised by Oxford Brookes University, the Foundation Degree (FdEng) Motorsport Engineering is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the regulatory body which oversees professional engineering training in England. 

This course will provide you with an opportunity to engage in all aspects of the Motorsport Engineering industry and becoming an employable professional in the Motorsport Engineering world.

You will acquire the academic skills and understanding needed for future studies as well as gaining the higher-level technical abilities needed in the industry. 

Our workshops are modern and purpose-built with all the equipment you would expect to find in industry. We also have specialist facilities including vehicle, engine and machine/fabrication workshops as well as a flat floor, four-wheel laser alignment ‘Super Tracker’ and weight scales.

We have fantastic links within the industry including Jaguar Land Rover, Swindon Engines, Cooper Avon Tyres as well as a range of additional companies and Motorsport teams. This helps to keep our qualification relevant to employers and gives our students good work experience and employment opportunities.

The Castle Combe name is synonymous with motorsport and having a Higher Education study centre there is something that the college is very proud of.

Our race team successfully competes at race circuits up and down the country and we currently own a range of vehicles from a Ducati 600SS Motorcycle to two Formula Ford 1600 ‘Spectrum’ race cars.

What will I learn?

After completing these two years, you will gain a Foundation Degree (FdEng) in Motorsport Engineering and you may choose to continue onto a third year to give you the opportunity to achieve a full Honours degree in Motorsport Technology which is planned for delivery at the college from September 2020.

The course includes modules in the following subjects:

Year One:

  • Work Based Learning
  • CAD CAM and Data Acquisition and Analysis
  • Mathematics I
  • Engineering Science I
  • Composites and Materials Technology
  • Powertrain Technology

Year Two:

  • Work Based Project
  • Chassis Dynamics and Competition Vehicle Preparation
  • Computer Aided Engineering
  • Vehicle Electronics and Microprocessors
  • Mathematics II
  • Motorsport Fluid Dynamics

Please note:

Modules and course content are subject to change.

Entry requirements

Typically, entrants will possess:


A minimum of one pass at A Level or 6 unit Vocational A Level (in Maths, Physics or a closely related subject) plus a minimum of three passes at GCSE (grades A-C) including Mathematics at grade B (6), English Language at grade C (4) and one other at grade C (4).


A BTEC National Certificate or Diploma or other full equivalent level 3 qualification in a discipline related to Engineering including Merits in the applied modules plus a minimum of three passes at GCSE (grades A-C) including Mathematics at grade B (6) or equivalent and English Language.

Students with a minimum of two years relevant work experience and a current role in an appropriate workplace setting that have a line manager's letter of support and recommendation are also encouraged to apply.

Study, assessment and qualifications

During each module, you will undertake assignments that count towards its assessment. Assessment of many modules is by assignments and occasionally with a timed examination.

All modules are designed to enable you to engage in new areas of knowledge to acquire practical experience of a range of activities relevant to your employment within the performance road car technology industry and to encourage you to engage in critical reflection.

Teaching and Learning:
You will be given the opportunity to participate in lectures and workshops, plan and deliver presentations to your peers, research areas of relevance to the degree programme, critically evaluate the validity and implications of information and work with a wide variety of computer hardware and software.

Work Placements:
The Foundation Degree requires a significant component to be taken and studied in industry. Wiltshire College has extensive links with local employers and appropriate placements will be facilitated as far as possible by the College.

Nevertheless, it remains the learner’s responsibility to secure such access in order to complete the assessment on the programme. 

On successful completion of the course, you will achieve a Foundation Degree (FdEng) in Motorsport Engineering, franchised by Oxford Brookes University.

Additional costs and information

Students will be required to attend an interview and are welcome to apply for this course through UCAS. 

The cost of this programme is £7,570 per year (£9,270 per year for international students).

The UCAS institution code for this programme is O66.

The UCAS course code for this programme is H338.

Click here for the programme handbook.

A Maths assessment will be required at interview to ensure that you are working at the required level.

Any transport and living costs incurred whilst on work placements are not covered by the college.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that Wiltshire College is successfully registered as a provider for Higher Education and that students are eligible for funding and student support from Student Finance England.  Please visit for more information.

What could I do next?

From a Foundation Degree, some students have gone on to further Higher Education studies such as a BEng or a BSc (Hons) top up year in Motorsport Engineering while others have gone onto be technicians, engineers and designers in disciplines of Motorsport Engineering.