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Student careers on the starting line with professional backing

Students on a degree-level qualification in motorsport engineering are getting their careers in the fast lane as the programme achieves professional accreditation.

The Foundation Degree in Motorsports: Performance and Automotive Technology at Banbury and Bicester College, part of Activate Learning, has been granted accreditation by two professional bodies; the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).

This means that students can sign up as IMechE affiliate members and can potentially progress to associate membership after graduation and to full corporate membership within a few years of joining.

Simon Swizinski, co-ordinator of the programme, which is delivered in partnership with Oxford Brookes University said: “This accreditation is great as it makes our students more employable after graduation. It gets them on track to aim for incorporated or chartered engineering status in the future and is recognised by employers both in the UK and internationally.”

The foundation degree students take part in over 200 hours of work experience alongside their academic studies in their first year to give them a well-rounded education for the sector. The course is based in Bicester at Activate Learning’s specialist motorsport facility.

Many graduates progress on to Oxford Brookes University to top-up to BSc (Hons) or BEng (Hons) degrees and some continue on to Masters (MEng) programmes before moving into employment in the industry.

Douglas Higgison, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at Oxford Brookes University said: “We are delighted that the college’s provision has been professionally recognised by both of these accrediting bodies.  It is a clear sign of the quality and currency of the programme on offer to students through the college and the University.”

Find out more about the Foundation Degree in Motorsports: Performance and Automotive Technology.