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This study programme is designed for 16-19 year olds only (age 19-24 for students with an Education, Health and Care Plan). 

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About the course

West Suffolk College's racing car on track
West Suffolk College's racing car on track
West Suffolk College's racing car on track
West Suffolk College's racing car at side of track
West Suffolk College's racing car on track
Racing car under West Suffolk College gazebo
Racing cars lined up posing on track
Motorsport students posing with banners by racing cars

This Motorsport Engineering Level 3 course is a flexible vocationally related qualification aimed at enthusiastic young people aged 16 years old and over, who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of the requirements of an automotive technician within the motorsport, performance road cars and/or retail motor industries.

This L3 qualification is designed to provide a standardised approach for the delivery and assessment of the knowledge and skills requirements. This qualification is assessed through the use of written report-based assignments, plus completion of an electronic portfolio based on completion of practical (workshop) tasks and online exams.

This Level 3 qualification is industry specific National Occupational Standards. Learners will develop their knowledge to diagnose complex problems and repair motorsport motor vehicles including the understanding of materials, fabrication, tools and measuring, and the motorsport knowledge areas such as: event regulations; setting up motorsport vehicles; inspecting a motorsport vehicle during competition; diagnosis and rectification of engine and ancillary components; diagnosis and rectification of transmission and driveline faults; diagnosis and rectification of chassis system faults. Current students are engaged in the construction of an Arion S2 racing car.

The qualification prepares learners to further develop their knowledge and skills across a variety of specialist areas to prepare them for further studies and potentially enter into a job role they desire.

Students will practice working effectively and safely. In addition to applying the practical skills developed the course also works to improve your employability, communication, numeracy and IT abilities. Work experience is a key course element.

What You Study

  • Diagnosis and rectification of electrical/electronic equipment faults
  • Constructing, installing and testing cable forms and looms
  • Installing, setting up and testing electrical/electronic engine/transmission control units
  • Stripping and rebuilding engines for motorsport vehicles
  • Dressing engines for motorsport vehicles
  • Motorsport Transmission Technology
  • General Aspects e.g. health and safety, legal aspects and organisational requirements
  • Engineering processes (e.g., tool manufacture & technical drawing)

Entry requirements

Successful completion of the Level 2 Automotive Engineering course plus Grade 4 English and Grade 4 Mathematics

Please note: you will be required to complete a successful interview (including aptitude test).

Qualifications

Level 3 Diploma in Motorsport Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

What you'll learn (core modules)

The Core Modules are: 

 

MS0102K - Knowledge of Health, Safety and Good Housekeeping in the Motorsport Environment

MS0102S - Skills in Health, Safety and Good Housekeeping in the Motorsport Environment

MS101S - Skills in Stripping and Rebuilding Engines for Motorsport Vehicles

MS3K - Knowledge of Motorsport Event Regulations

MS4K - Knowledge of Materials, Fabrication, Tools and Measuring Devices Used in the Motorsport Environment

MS4S - Skills in Materials, Fabrication, Tools and Measuring Devices Used in the Motorsport Environment

MS57K - Knowledge of Inspecting a Motorsport Vehicle During Competition

MS57S - Skills in Inspecting a Motorsport Vehicle During Competition

MS58K - Knowledge of Setting Up Motorsport Vehicles

MS58S - Skills in Setting Up Motorsport Vehicles

MS60K - Knowledge of Diagnosing and Rectifying Motorsport Engines and Ancillary Components

MS60S - Skills in Diagnosing and Rectifying Motorsport Engines and Ancillary Components

MS61K - Knowledge of Diagnosis and Rectification of Motorsport Transmission and Driveline Units

MS62K - Knowledge of Diagnosis and Rectification of Motorsport Chassis System Faults

MS62S - Skills in Diagnosing and Rectifying Motorsport Chassis System Faults

MS68S/MS69S - Optional Unit Bodywork or Electrical/Electronic

Benefits, skills and character strengths

Curiosity of race rules and regulations. 

Ownership of preparing and  running a motorsport vehicle. 

Respecting each other in team work activities. 

How will I be assessed?

Practical assessments

Written assignments

Online tests

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

West Suffolk College Workshops and Classrooms

Race track

Where will the course take me?

Subject to successful interview and completion of this course, you may progress to Higher Education study (e.g., HNC/D). Completion of this course of study and further courses can provide a platform for a Motorsport (or other Automotive related) apprenticeship or employment within a related technology sector. Note: the emphasis on work-experience is intended to provide the network of contacts to link to onward employment.

Will I need any materials or equipment?

Overalls - £60

Safety Boots - £20-£50

Safety goggles - £5

Torch - £5

Note pads - £2

Stationary - £5

Camera/ phone - NA

How much will it cost?

From £100

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Apply online. You will be invited to discuss your application with us and your application and interview will form part of the selection process.

Days & times

Starting September 2023


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