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Motorsport Vehicle Maintenance and Repair IMI Diploma Level 2 at West Somerset College

Course description

The course is designed to give students an insight into the motorsport industry and the preparation and maintenance of competition vehicles. The skills set that students will gain should equip them to be able to carry out standard procedures during competition car building and to understand the inner workings of running a car on competition events.

 As well as the motorsport elements of the course a basic knowledge of vehicle systems and principles will also be learnt alongside. This will comprise theory and practical tasks that will provide essential skills and knowledge for working on any vehicle.

Why study this course?

If you are interested in engineering, cars in particular and would like to learn new skills in the mechanical and electronic workings, then the various units will give a broad depth of knowledge for this, especially if you would like to work in the engineering/Motor industry in the future.

Course content

What can you expect from a Motorsport level 2 course?

The course is comprised of two main categories; Theory based with some written assessments and practical based assessments conducted in our fully equipped workshops.

The course has multiple units which cover a breadth of systems such as:

  • event regulations
  • engine mechanical, lubrication and cooling system units and components
  • fuel, ignition, air and exhaust system units and components
  • inspection of a vehicle during competition
  • removal and replacement of chassis units and components
  • removal and replacement electrical units and components
  • removal and replacement transmissions, driveline units and components

We use, as with all our courses, an E-portfolio system. This system is for each student to produce and store their work and is purely web-based. This can then be accessed securely from any internet capable computer or tablet.

As well as the college based learning we also try to attend as many Motorsport events as possible and help to run the cars. This year we are currently running a Porsche 911 GT3 car and a Citroen Saxo junior touring car. A trip to a professional racing company and also to the International Auto-Sport show also forms part of the course.

Who would the course be suitable for?

Anyone who has an interest in engineering or Vehicles and wants to learn more about the various elements and systems that comprise a modern car and Motorsport vehicle.

Entry requirements

Ideally potential candidates would have achieved 4 GCSEs at grade D/E/3 with grade C/5 grade in both English and Maths.  However, student’s results will be considered and discussed on an individual basis.

Future opportunities

As it is a 1 year course it is best suited to lead into the Level 3 course that we also run in year 13. Other options are to lead into a Light vehicle apprenticeship course or possibly straight into the workplace.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year