This real-world experience feeds directly into the delivery of modules such as Automotive Design, Vehicle Drive Train and Chassis Systems and Automotive Dynamics and Control Systems.
We encourage our students to undertake a year-long placement between the second and final years, although it is not compulsory. In the past our students have secured paid placements with companies such as Nissan, Jaguar, Vauxhall, Caterham Cars and Tata Steel.
It is striking that 85% of Sunderlands engineering and technology graduates who are in employment within six months, are in graduate level jobs, according to Unistats in 2012. This shows that there is considerable demand among employers for people with the right mix of skills and experience.
Destinations of our recent graduates include McLaren Automotive, General Motors, Jaguar, Perkins Engines and Parametrics Technology, with graduate pay averaging around £28,000 a year.
Year 1 (national level 4)
This course will equip you with the skills you need to be an accomplished Automotive Engineer. In your first year youll build a strong foundation in fundamental engineering principles, which include Maths, Mechanics, Electrical Principles, Thermodynamics, CAD and practical skills.
Year 2 (national level 5)
Year 2 takes many of the year 1 subjects to a higher level, and youll also start to specialise in the field of Automotive Engineering, specifically Vehicle Drive Chain, Chassis Systems and Manufacturing Systems.
We encourage you to undertake a year-long paid placement in your third year. Our students have used this opportunity to work with some of the biggest Automotive Engineering players in the world, including Jaguar, Nissan and McLaren.
Final year (national level 6)
A large part of your final year is the individual project. This is your chance to pick a subject area that particularly interests you, and use the skills youve learned on the course to research and create a design, or conduct experimental analysis in your chosen area. Youll have close academic supervision and support, and most students find it an extremely rewarding and enjoyable part of their course.
In your final year youll also develop professional skills and knowledge in areas that employers are particularly interested in, such as Project Management and Control and Ethics.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
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Our typical offer will be in the region of 260 points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (for example 1 x AVCE double award) which must include Mathematics or Physics.
Please note we do not accept AS/A Level General Studies.
We accept a maximum of 20 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications.
We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number.
Other acceptable qualifications:
BTEC National: 260 points from a BTEC Certificate or Diploma, which must include Mathematics or Physics.
Access Courses: Ideally you would have been taking an Access course which includes Mathematics, Physics or a relevant subject(s) and have obtained a merit in each subject on the Access course. We would also require a minimum of grade C in GCSE in Mathematics and English Language or the equivalent as part of your course.
Scottish Highers: Our typical offer is for 260 points, which must include Mathematics or Physics.
Irish Leaving Certificate: Our typical offer is for 260 points, which must include Mathematics or Physics.
No work experience is required.
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Sunderland.