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Level 3 /Extended Diploma in Vehicle Technology (Motorsport)

This qualification is the extension of the Level 3 Edexcel Subsidiary Diploma in Vehicle Technology and will provide you with further specialised skills and knowledge

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Subject Area: Engineering - Motorsport / Engineering - Motorsport
Suitable for: School Leavers

About this course

This course looks to provide you with specialised skills and knowledge in fault rectification and diagnostics, engineering design, motorsport preparation and inspection as well as many more exciting areas of motor vehicle and motorsport engineering.

The diploma is equivalent to two A-Levels and the Extended Diploma is equivalent to three. This course provides the ideal stepping stone into Higher Education programmes or employment.

Duration: 1 Year for Subsidiary Diploma, 2 years for Extended Diploma


Where will I be studying?

The Brooklands name has a long association with the engineering industry and we’re very proud to continue the tradition through our wide range of engineering courses in well-equipped workshops.

Our excellent engineering facilities comprise several workshops including Aeroplane hanger (including a helicopter rig!) computer facilities and study areas.

Course Details

What modules are covered?

6 of the units below form the diploma qualification and all 11 form the extended diploma qualification.

  • Motorsport Workshop Practices
  • Motorsport Preparation and Inspection
  • Engineering Design
  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Vehicle System Fault Diagnosis and Rectification
  • Vehicle Project (Double)
  • Function and Operation of Petrol Fuel Injection Systems
  • Vehicle Engine Management Systems
  • Properties and Applications of Engineering Materials
  • Mechanical Principles and Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles for Vehicle Technology
  • Further Mathematics for Technicians (Optional)

Who is the course suitable for?

Those who want to learn the skills to become a motor vehicle/motorsport engineer in a race team or retail motor industry company.

How is the course assessed?

  • All units on the main programme are assessed through written assignments and phase tests for which you will be able to achieve pass, merit and distinction grades.

Are there any extra costs?

  • Pens, pencils, ruler, protractor, compass, eraser, line paper, scientific calculator and a ring binder
  • Steel or composite toe safety shoes or boots (can be arranged by Brooklands College)
  • One piece Brooklands College Engineering Overalls (available on enrolment)
  • Safety glasses.

Cost for boots and overalls approximately £30.

All learners materials - £50

Students are allocated a certain amount of free printing, after which a small fee will be incurred.

Entry Requirements

What qualifications will I need?

5 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above, ideally including English and Maths (some subject areas may require higher grades than grade 4 in a specific subject), or for progressing students successful achievement of a level 2 vocational qualification.


Next Steps

This qualification provides UCAS points for entry into Higher Education. Depending on your overall grade for the qualification you would be in a position to apply through UCAS for a place at a University, typically on an Engineering course of your choosing.

Equally you could apply through UCAS to stay on at Brooklands College to study on the Foundation Degree in Motorsport Engineering in either a full or part-time format. If you would like to go out to employment at this stage then the world is your oyster. You will be a well-qualified motor vehicle/motorsport engineer that would be valued at any race team or retail motor industry company.

Some of the companies that our learners have progressed to from this course include, McLaren Automotive, Force India, Redbull Racing, Carlin, West Surrey Racing, Barwell Motorsport, Lanzante, Ferrari UK, Prodrive and Audi to name a few.  

Start dates

Reference Campus Start
ENG02669/W2324 04/09/2023
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