Are you passionate about racing? Would you like to combine classroom learning with time spent in the workshop building practical skills on real vehicles? Our Level 2 Motorsport Engineering course is an entry-level qualification. If you have a strong interest in motorsport and/or performance vehicles, and you’re considering a career in the motorsport or automotive industries, this course is designed for you. The course is timetabled over three days per week at our Chippenham campus, which features a dedicated motorsport workshop equipped with a variety of performance vehicles, ramps, a racing simulator and a range of industry-standard equipment. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit our specialist training centre at Castle Combe race circuit, where the College’s motorsport race team is based.
What will I learn?
You’ll build a deep understanding of motorsport vehicles, including: chassis systems, engines, transmission and electrical/electronic systems. You’ll explore engineering subjects relating to tools, measuring equipment, materials and fabrication, and your practical learning will be complemented by a thorough understanding of the relevant applied maths and science.
You will also study health and safety and motorsport event regulations, giving you a broad picture of the industry.
Study, Assessment and Qualifications
You will be assessed via online, written and practical assignments throughout the year.
Your final qualification will be an IMI Level 2 Extended Diploma in Motorsport Vehicle Maintenance and Repair.
• 2 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above in English language and maths, and two GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above, that must include science.
Additional Costs and Information
You will be required to wear a Wiltshire College & University Centre Motorsport polo shirt whilst at college. When engaged in workshop activities, you must also be wearing College motorsport overalls and safety footwear. You will be supplied with eye protection and work gloves, as required.
In January we will visit Autosport International at the NEC; this is an important part of your introduction to the motorsport industry, and you will be required to cover the cost of transport and entry to the event.
All clothing can be ordered and paid for in the College’s online shop, together with payment for the Autosport International visit.
Many of our students choose to live in our accommodation, which is available for everyone over 16 at our Lackham campus. Lackham is three miles from Chippenham; the College cannot provide transport, but there are regular public buses between Lackham and Chippenham.
What Could I Do Next?
Once you’ve completed this course, you could progress onto our BTEC Level 3 Motorsport Engineering course, which is also one year in duration. This could lead you to our Oxford Brookes degree programme based at our Castle Combe Centre for Motorsport Engineering. You could also enter the motorsport or automotive industry as a trainee technician.