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Castle Combe Centre

motorsport engineering student sat in race car

Castle Combe is the home of our university level motorsport centre, the UK’s only trackside centre for motorsport engineering where we deliver degrees at an internationally renowned racetrack in the heart of Wiltshire.

The £1.25 million specialist facility provides an industry-standard environment for our students to learn in, enabling them to experience the real-life thrills and pressures of working in the motorsport arena by working on cars that compete on a regular basis. 

Motorsport Engineering students stood around race car with someone sat inside it
two male motorsport engineering students working together
motorsport engineering students together, one sat in a race car

Why Study at Castle Combe?

Our teaching centre at Castle Combe is the only trackside facility for higher education in motorsport engineering in the country. 

We work closely with the motorsport industry to provide students with the opportunity to work alongside qualified engineers. Our students have previously completed work experience placements with a local multi-championship winning Formula Ford team, local independent garages and at the Castle Combe Circuit.

Our dedicated staff have years of experience working in both racing and rallying. Race Engineer Ethan Walsh started his journey with the College on our Foundation Degree in Motorsport, afterwards completing a top-up BSc year at Castle Combe and achieving a first:

Studying at Castle Combe allows our students to network at the track. They spend time in the paddock on test and race days, talking to race teams and gaining first-hand insights into their futures.

And with the number of experienced lecturers at Castle Combe, the students receive much more one-to-one, individual support.”

I love workshop lessons and transforming the race cars. It’s amazing to know what you started with and then see what ends up on the track as a result of your own work.

Aaron Glencross, FdEng Motorsport Engineering

Our Facilities

With the most cars of any motorsport teaching centre and industry-standard equipment including a wind tunnel, CAD engineering and 3D printers, our facilities are unparalleled. 

The 6,500 square-foot centre includes two classrooms, a seven-car workshop and an engine and a machine workshop, all specially manufactured to deliver our higher education motorsport courses.

Students work on and develop a variety of motorsport vehicles including FF1600s, MG ZR rally cars, and Honda Civics, putting them through their paces in multiple championships including the Castle Combe FF1600 Championship and the Castle Combe Hot Hatch series.

Meet Ellis Bryan, a student on our Level 3 BTEC in Advanced Manufacturing and Motorsport Engineering, and find out why chose to study at Wiltshire College & University Centre.

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