Course Brief

Unit Abstract:

This unit will examine the aspects of design that relate to the function of engines, with a particular emphasis on performance. Learners will examine vehicle design for light and heavy vehicles with a view to understanding performance curves and other data used to evaluate
vehicle performance. Learners will also appreciate possible future developments in vehicle engineering and in particular the use of new technologies, materials and design method.

Learners are introduced to engine design features, operating parameters and the likely effects when these are varied or altered. They then investigate engine performance and will analyse the data obtained from engine trials. Learners are introduced to the design features of light and heavy vehicles with particular emphasis on aerodynamics and transmission systems. They will then evaluate vehicle performance under different operating conditions and interpret vehicle performance curves.


  • This course is offered in 45 hours.
  • BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Automotive Engineering

    The main aims of the BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Automotive Engineering are to:

    • Prepare students for a range of technical, professional and management career disciplines in automotive engineering by providing them with the core knowledge, skills and techniques required.
    • Enable students to make an immediate contribution in employment within the automotive engineering sector.
    • Provide students with a flexible progression pathway  to an undergraduate degree or further professional qualification in automotive engineering.
    • Develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life.


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