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Motorsport Engineering Level 2 at Wiltshire College

Course description

This course will provide you with an understanding of the theory of Engineering processes and vehicle systems in addition to the practical work carried out in the fully equipped motorsport workshops.

During the course you will visit the College's specialist motorsport facility at Castle Combe race circuit.

If you are working on competition vehicles in a motorsport team or on high performance vehicles in the Motor industry, this is a great place to start.

Course content

The workshop sessions provide the opportunity to work on vehicles and learn basic engineering skills such as welding, fabrication and machining. Students also work in teams to undertake a practical project such as the construction of an off-road "Buggy".

Entry requirements

2 GCSEs at grade C and 2 GCSEs at grade D or above including Maths, English language and Science.
You will be expected to supply a satisfactory reference and attend an interview which will include an aptitude assessment. 


Areas of study will include:

Sustainable Vehicle Power and Structure Design
This specialist unit looks at environmentally sustainable power for both road and Motorsport vehicles. The design and construction of vehicle structures and use of materials with regard to safety, lightness and performance is also examined.

Vehicle Electrical Systems
This specialist unit is designed to provide students with an understanding of vehicle electrical systems.

Vehicle Engines and Other Systems
This specialist unit covers the operating principles of petrol and diesel engines, together with their associated fuel, exhaust and ignition systems.

Engineering Design
This covers the overall design process relating to the development of a new product/component.

Machining Techniques
This unit introduces students to basic machining operations using a drilling machine and centre lathe or milling machine.

Mathematics for Engineering
This unit provides the mathematical skills required at Level 2

Interpreting and Using Engineering Information
This unit covers the effective use of information obtained from a wide range of sources including drawings

Engineering Materials
This unit covers the properties of common Engineering materials including the selection of appropriate materials for specific applications

Health and Safety in Engineering
This unit provides students with an understanding of health and safety requirements for safe and effective working in an Engineering workplace

Introduction to Communications for Engineering
The use of sketches and other communication methods, including information and communication technology (ICT), as used in Engineering are covered in this unit.

Investigating an Engineered Product
This unit covers areas such as performance requirements, materials, manufacturing processes and quality control in relation to an Engineered product.

The Engineered World
This unit allows students to investigate the world of Engineering and answer the question; what is "Engineering"?

It is expected that most assignment work will be completed in students own time.

You are assessed by coursework in the form of written assignments and practical assessments.

The final qualification will be a Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Diploma in Engineering.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of this course (subject to overall course grades) offers the opportunity to progress onto the BTEC Extended Diploma in Vehicle Technology (Motorsports) or other Extended Diploma courses.
This qualification is the first step in the progression to a career as a Technician Engineer in the Motorsport or Motor industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wiltshire College directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2016

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