The first year of the degree was at an A Level standard so I do not feel it increased in difficulty to when I was at college. So I did not think the first year really helped towards my development. Year 2 was a lot better with really interesting modules - there were 4 each semester - and the option to do languages was really important to me so I took Spanish during this year alongside my mandatory modules. I had the opportunity to go on a placement during my 3rd year which was really encouraged by the lecturers and it was probably the best and most useful part of university. I believe the quality of modules are good however the choices are very limiting so for improvement, It would be better to offer more choice - especially across the business school - to get a more focussed degree to what the student wants to get out of it. I would have appreciated more choice especially in 2nd year.
During my three years I've covered some really interesting topics and such a broad range of subjects too. Lots of opportunity for extra curricular activities that can benefit you in terms of finding a job (Formula Student, shell eco marathon etc)However the facilities are massively under-utilised by the staff teaching the course and several times across different modules content has been repeated which is frustrating at times, some content is also very old and needs updating which hopefully will occur next year for future students.On a positive note during interviews employers seem to be really interested in all the projects I have taken part in during my studies. This course definitely helps you get into the automotive industry for engineering but does not limit you as you could become a different type of engineer at the end of it, manufacturing engineer, design engineer, electrical engineer, nvh engineer etc.Some modules are more difficult than others but you always have the support of the staff and your peers to help you through them.Some types of assessment include designing sections/most of a formula student car for motorsport engineering, finite element analysis of vehicles, lots of CAD work, using a F1 simulator and analysing the behaviour of the vehicle, dismantling an engine and taking measurements then re-designing some components, designing jigs to measure different variables on a RC car, aerodynamic analysis using specialised software.Definitely a great course for anyone interested in cars, working on cars, F1, motorsport in general and is good at maths & physcis.
The course is well structured. The exams are spread out across semesters so you don't have loads of them to do at one time. Assessments are usually set around the same time and due in for a similar time. This may seem like a very stressful thing to do however I believe it prepares us students for upcoming years where we will have a lot of assignments due the same time. The feedback is usually constructive however some inconsistencies are present. Overall a well taught subject with passionate and knowledgeable lecturers. They are always more than happy to help out and answer any questions outside of lecture time.
It's an interesting type of person who chooses the degree I do, and to go with that it's an interesting course!The course is split evenly between placement with London Ambulance service (or EEAS) and that works very well! The teaching is fantastic and the support is there if you seek it, I would definitely recommend it to any budding paramedics
It is a highly informative course and it stimulates ones mind. The teaching each week is one hour of seminar and one hour of lecture for each module. There isnt much personal interactions with the lecturers as you are expected to be fairly independent. There are some boring elements as there are modules that are particularly difficult. One of which is financial management which I find quite difficult, however, this was an optional module therefore I chose to put myself through this (haha). Overall, it is definitely a good course to equip you for the working world with modules such as enhancing employability and project management teaching you how to achieve your future goals.
The stucture of the course over the year has been well thought out. It allowed the modules to link and intertwine with each other. This helped understand the modules better and therefore, assisted with coursework and assignments. The modules themselves I felt were not pushing me to be able to perform to my best. I felt that some areas could push me further. The teaching style varied, all the teachers were passionate about their subject. This made the classes more enjoyable. The module that stood out the most was economics. It was structured as a lecture which was followed up with a tutorials where we went over the questions we were set week by week. This allowed us to teach ourselves but clarify that we were on the right track prior to the exams. Overall With this being my second try at university i have had a much more enjoyable time here but also completely love the course so far.
The degree is fantastic, all of the teachers are extremely enthusiastic and knowledgable in their subjects and passionate about helping the students. It prepares people very well for getting a career provided they are willing to work hard enough for it.
The course could be better organised with regards to deadlines and feedback . Our design module demands a lot of work which includes manufacturing but the department does not provide adequate materials or tools, nor does the department provide enough time in the workshops . First years are restricted in their access of the fabrication labs and are only allowed at certain times on certain days depending on the assignment which is not realistic when taking account of the work load other group design meetings and assignments it is not possible to have those Specific time slots free to complete the assignment. Also with regards to the design module the solid modelling assignment set was given without much guidance with regards to the actual skills required to complete the assignment and it was expected that we would have been prepared to complete the assignment however it took us around 30 hours of research overall and trial and error before being able to even make a dent in the assignment , the module team did not adequately prepare us for this.
However, the aerospace module was well planned and well executed with a lot of useful content and well prepared lecturers.
On the other hand the maths module was excellent content wise and will be extremely useful in the rest of the course , however the tutorial lecturer was not well excited and just seemed to over complicate . The delivery of this module was poor however it was well organised.
Overall the delivery of all modules are average except the aerospace module which was excellent even though it was challenging it was enjoyable .
All modules are well organised , however overall I think the faculty could support the students more and workshops should be open to student at all times unless they are full, it is understandable that final years or masters students get priority however, restricting the workshops to first year shows that the university looks at the first year of the course as unimportant , which is not acceptable because the result of my first year will determine what placements are available to me and the university is putting this at risk , the university needs to come to some sort of arrangement and invest more in workshops to make them more accessible.
Also assessment feedback is often returned late and with regards to mechanical test they and not assessed well with 4 question multiple choice determining 15% of the module , it just seems lazy.
This module was the most interesting for me as I hope to pursue a career in obstetrics and gynaecology. We had placements in both paediatrics and obstetrics and gynaecology. The best part of the O&G module was the week on labour ward.
The course is broad yet useful. You learn most of the industry material in class while challenging yourself with hard yet interesting assessments. The lecturers are very nice, helpful and fun.