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Motorsport Engineering Level 3 at Wiltshire College

Course description

Study on this course will provide you with an understanding of light vehicle systems and structures, competition vehicle preparation requirements and the application of mathematics and science.

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

Course content

In addition to theory based lessons students will carry out practical work in the fully equipped motorsport workshops. The workshop sessions provide the opportunity to work on vehicles and learn basic engineering skills such as welding and fabrication.

Students also work in teams to undertake a practical project such as the construction of a "kit car".

Entry requirements

2 GCSEs at grade B, including Maths and 2 GCSEs at grade C or above including English Language and Science. OR Merit or Distinction in relevant subject at Level 2.
You will be expected to supply a satisfactory reference and attend an interview which will include an aptitude assessment.


Units of study will include:

Vehicle Chassis Systems
Operating principles of transmission, steering, suspension and braking systems.

Vehicle Fault Diagnosis & Rectification
Identifying faults using diagnostic procedures and equipment; repair strategies and ensuring the integrity of repairs.

Motorsport Workshop Practices
The practical use of workshop equipment and the preparation of materials.

Vehicle Science & Mathematics
Mathematical and statistical vehicle related calculations; algebraic, trigonometric and geometric techniques; heat, force and machines; vehicle related science.

Mathematics for Technicians
The use of algebraic and trigonometric methods. Presentation of data using statistical methods and the use of elementary calculus.

Engine Technology
Operating cycles; fuel systems; cooling and lubrication systems; mechanical engine components.

Engineering Drawing
Producing engineering drawings to be used for the manufacture and assembly of components.

Vehicle Technology Project
Using the skills and knowledge obtained throughout the programme to develop and manage a motorsport engineering project and present the outcomes.

Petrol Injection Systems for Spark Ignition Engines
Single and multi-point injection systems; fuel delivery; mixture control; maintenance and diagnostic procedures.

Diesel Fuel Systems for Compression Ignition Engines
Diesel fuel system layouts; system components; injector pump configurations; maintenance and diagnostic procedures.

Vehicle Electronic Ignition Systems
Conventional ignition systems; pulse generators and control modules; programmed electronic ignition systems; maintenance and diagnostic procedures.

Vehicle Electronic Ancillary & Information Systems
Operating principles; key units and components.

Vehicle Electrical & Electronic Principles
Laws of electricity and magnetism; solid state devices; vehicle systems control; test equipment.

Professional Practice & Logistics for Motorsport
An overview of the organisation and running of a motorsport team/business including finance, employment, logistics and marketing.

Motorsport Vehicle Preparation & Inspection
The technical and practical requirements of competition vehicle preparation and inspection with regard to safety, performance and reliability.

Properties & Applications of Engineering Materials
An overview of the operation and design of vehicle transmission systems.

Engine Management Systems
An appreciation of engine electronic control systems.

In addition to the main qualification students will undertake a welding skills qualification.

Details of 2014/15 enrichment units are subject to confirmation.

Future opportunities

Students have the opportunity to progress to the University of Bath Foundation Degree and BSc(Hons)Degree courses in Motorsport Engineering delivered by Wiltshire College at our specialised facility at Castle Combe Circuit.

There is also the option of motorsport engineering qualifications offered by other HE institutions.

This course provides opportunities for employment in the motorsport and motor vehicle industries as, for example, a member of a motorsport team, a technician working on high performance road cars or a specialist dealing with engines, data logging, etc.

After gaining experience positions available could include race engineer, test and development engineer or workshop manager, for example.

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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