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Motorsports - BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Myerscough College

Course description

The Level 3 Diploma qualifications (formerly National Award and National Certificate) are popular options for school leavers and young adults. They combine practical skills with academic theory and classroom study. The Subsidiary Diploma is a one-year, six-unit, course broadly equivalent to one A Level, whilst the two-year, 12-unit, Diploma is equivalent to two A Levels and is ideal for progression to Higher Education. Students who successfully complete the Subsidiary Diploma can, if they wish, progress directly to the second year of the Diploma. Others choose to start work in the industry.

Course content

In year one students undertake a comprehensive overview of motorsport workshop practices and motor vehicle mechanics, covering fault diagnosis, electrical charging and starting systems, clutch and gearbox transmissions, suspension settings and steering and braking systems. An additional unit covers motorsport vehicle preparation and inspection – before, during and after motorsport events.

Students who choose the two-year Diploma can further their interests in motorsport during the second year. Subjects include fault diagnosis, fault rectification and the principles of engines and engine management systems, focusing on how to undertake engine servicing and repair. A vehicle technology project provides a unique opportunity for students to undertake their own research and produce a report highlighting their findings.

In addition to obtaining the Level 3 qualification, students undertake the City and Guilds Award in Introductory Welding Skills.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade C or above (including English Language and Maths or Science), or an Intermediate Level course (e.g. Level 2 Diploma at Pass 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

Successful completion of the Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma, and then Level 3 Diploma, will enable students to progress to Higher Education if desired, although students seeking a more academic course should also consider the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Motorsports which contains an additional six units compared to the Diploma.

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

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Last updated date: 14 October 2016
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