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Motorsports - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Myerscough College

Course description

The Level 3 Extended Diploma qualification (formerly National Diploma) is a popular option for school leavers, young adults and successful Level 2 Diploma students. This two-year 18-unit course is equivalent to three A Levels and is designed for students who wish to develop a comprehensive overview of motorsports (and motor vehicle maintenance, encompassing practical techniques and technical skills.

The units studied have a strong academic focus – requiring dedication and hard work – whilst still delivering a range of important practical skills. Students enjoy the wide variety of subjects that are covered, building knowledge and skills throughout the two-year period.

Course content

The course incorporates all 12 units and additional qualifications from the two year Level 3 Diploma (also listed), with students on the Extended Diploma studying an extra 3 units each year. The units studied have a strong academic focus – requiring dedication and hard work – whilst still delivering a range of important practical skills. Additional units relate directly to motorsport workshop practices (focusing specifically on health and safety issues when working trackside) and motorsports development and design (computer aided design and engineering drawing).

Students also cover professional practice and logistics – the organisations, administrative procedures and professional bodies associated with motorsport. A focus is also given to petrol injection systems and the operation and testing of vehicle ignition systems.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade C or above including Maths and English Language (plus any course specific subjects listed on the relevant fact sheet), or an Intermediate Level course (e.g. Level 2 Diploma at Distinction including at least one Functional Skill at Level 2), or equivalent qualifications.


A wide range of assessment methods are used during the course, to give all students the opportunity to maximise their success.

Future opportunities

The Level 3 Extended Diploma prepares students for employment in the vehicle technology and motorsport sectors of the automotive industry. It is also a perfect foundation for students wishing to progress to Higher Education – offering up to 168 UCAS Tariff points towards entrance on a wide range of degree courses.

Many of our students have progressed to higher qualifications or started exciting careers in the world of motorsports. Current job prospects are excellent, with Myerscough graduates forging successful careers for themselves as technicians and mechanics, or in data analysis, logistics and management trainee roles, with the many motorsport teams based in the UK.

Further information

The British motorsports industry is recognised as the best in the world with Britons
at the heart of a vast range of worldwide motorsport activities. It is a huge industry employing people in businesses from retail performance specialists to preparation companies, with many Formula One and World Rally Teams based in the UK. Myerscough College has eight motorsport workshops and a number of different competition cars for the continuing development and expansion of motorsport teaching.

Myerscough College’s motorsport teaching blends classroom-based theory sessions with hands-on practical experience. Having learned the academic theory relating to a specific aspect of motorsport, students are encouraged to
participate in a range of industry events to put that knowledge into practice. The College runs race and rally teams which compete successfully in national competitions, working to industry standards.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 19 October 2017
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