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University of Sussex

Automotive Engineering (with an industrial placement year)

UCAS Code: H30F

Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,B

A-levels must include Mathematics. You should have a broad range of GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Access to HE Diploma

D:24,M:21,P:0

You will normally need A-level Mathematics, grade B, in addition to the Access to HE Diploma. All Access applicants will be assessed on a case by case basis.

We take the EPQ into account when considering your application and it can be useful in the summer when your results are released if you have narrowly missed the conditions of your offer. We do not routinely include the EPQ in the conditions of your offer but we sometimes offer alternative conditions that include the EPQ. If you wish to discuss this further please contact Admissions at ug.applicants@sussex.ac.uk

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30-32

This score should be from the full IB Diploma. Higher Levels must include Mathematics, with a grade of 5.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma should be in Engineering, which must include a Distinction in Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems. In the former BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) in Engineering must include Distinction in the Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians unit. GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics with at least grade 6 is essential (or grade B). You should also have a broad range of GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C ), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B-A,B,B,B,B


If you are taking Scottish Advanced Highers we would normally ask for BBB. Highers must include Mathematics, grade A. You should normally have an Advanced Higher in Mathematics (grade B).

UCAS Tariff

120-147

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Automotive engineering

**About the course**

Automotive Engineering at Sussex covers all aspects of modern automotive development, including engine, transmission and chassis design. This course will give you the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges and changes in the automotive industry, and the placement year gives you the chance to get real work experience for a year in industry, while still being supported by Sussex.

Our research feeds directly into our teaching, so you'll benefit from our work in dynamics, control and vehicle research. Research projects include automotive control system, automotive on-board diagnostics system, electric motor-driven camless valve train for IC engines, and autonomous vehicles. You’ll study in our Future Technologies Labs that incorporate computer suites and new automation/robotics facilities. There is also a dedicated manufacturing lab with state-of-the-art facilities such as CNC machines and 3-D printers.

Our links to world-leading automotive companies, combined with the chance to work on a single-seat racing car in our Formula Student project, mean you are prepared to become a professional engineer in the automotive industry. We also have dedicated academic advisors to support you during you time at Sussex, as well as a team of student mentors and our welcoming student-run engineering societies.

**Accreditation**

Start your career ahead of the competition with our respected industry accreditation. Find out more about accreditation for this course

**MEng or BEng?**

We also offer this course without the industrial placement year, as a four-year MEng, or as a five-year MEng with an industrial placement year

**About Sussex**

Sussex graduates change the world. Our students become the leaders of the future, making discoveries, improving lives and changing things for the better.

Study with us to join a welcoming and inspiring community of staff and students from more than 140 countries.

**Location**

We shape the world from a fantastic campus on the UK’s beautiful south coast.

We are the only UK university surrounded by a national park, so you can step off campus to explore the hills and woodlands of the South Downs. The vibrant, colourful and creative seaside city of Brighton & Hove is just nine minutes away.

With Brighton voted the happiest city in England for students, (Student Living Survey, Sodexo, 2018) there can be few better places to study.

Modules

See the modules you will study by year by going to the 'view course details' link.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£20,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Sussex

Department:

Engineering and Design

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

77%
med
Automotive engineering

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Mechanical engineering

Teaching and learning

61%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
73%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
61%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

90%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

80%
UK students
20%
International students
49%
Male students
51%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
19%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Production and manufacturing engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£25,000
med
Average annual salary
89%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

42%
Engineering professionals
8%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
8%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Graduates are in significant demand, so unemployment rates are well below the national graduate average and starting salaries are well above average. Much the most common industries for these graduates are now vehicle manufacture - there are not enough people with these degrees to go round and so the big employers tend to take the lion's share at the moment. But pretty much anywhere there is manufacturing, there are production engineers. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to an MEng qualification — this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.

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