This module introduces key areas of management activity such as human resource management, leadership, marketing and finance to allow students to develop further knowledge and skills to improve future employability in land based industries
Competition Car Preparation
The aim of this module is to enable students to explore the fundamental operating principles of competition Vehicles. Including the selection of components for competition vehicle preparation, race vehicle set-up, adherence to regulation and working to motorsport industry standards.
To provide students with the knowledge and practical experience of the most commonly used manufacturing processes, including; health and safety, Fitting and Sheet Metal, Lathework, Measurement and inspection, Milling, CNC Machining and Welding. Skills learned in this module will be transferable throughout the motorsport industry.
Academic and Vocational Skills
This module provides students with first-hand experience where students will use their industry environment to develop practical and technical skills. Students will record and reflect on their own personal development during the module.
The methods used to collect data and the subsequent analysis techniques are a fundamental part of functioning within a scientific discipline. Furthermore, technical professions require graduates who can solve problems through the use of background research and are capable of testing concepts using the appropriate methods. Students will be taught to design experiments so that the data collected can be assessed for accuracy and reliability.
Students will study how equipment, resources and people are transported throughout the UK and the EU. This will include various forms of legislation and learning how to comply with these regulations. Students will develop problem solving skills as well as being able to evaluate different solutions to given logistical problems. A major part of the assessment for this module is being able to evaluate the various logistical constraints and their impact on each other.
Computer-aided design (CAD) is the use of computer systems to aid in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimisation of a design. CAD software is used to increase the productivity of the designer, improve the quality of design, improve communications through documentation, and to create a database for manufacturing.
Manufacturing and Fabrication (Double module)
Evaluate appropriate materials, develop problem solving and technical skills and organise and analyse team operations in a vehicles/machinery context. This module combines theory and practical experience working with materials used within the industry.
Competition Vehicle Dynamics
The purpose of this module is to develop the skills, techniques and experienced gained from the competition car preparation module. The student will gain a better understanding of vehicle dynamics, application and fault finding. Developing motorsport problem solving solutions and applying principles to scenarios. Simulation software will be utilised to put theory to practice.
This module applies the practical, technical and personal skills developed in the industry project module. It will utilise a structured work environment for students to identify a suitable project, and work with their supervisor in developing and managing the project and reporting on the outcomes. Students will be encouraged to use the work project to develop professional working relationships and identify their chosen career options.
Motorsport Data Acquisition Systems
As computer based systems become more essential within the motorsport industry it becomes more important that students understand how they work, their strengths and their limitations. The development of this technology means that it is now a vital tool in the operations of a competition team. This module aims to explore a range of Technical Information Systems. The module will explain data capture and transmission systems. Hardware and software technology will be applied in commercial situations. Students will analyse and critically evaluate data.
5 GCSE passes at Grade C or above (including Maths and English or equivalent)
Plus 48 UCAS Tariff points from one or more of the following:
• 2 A-levels (A2), at least one at C or above
• BTEC/C&G Level 3
• 2 Scottish Highers at C or above
• 3 Irish Highers at C or above
• International Baccalaureate at 24 points
• NVQ Level 3 in a relevant discipline
AS levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma and Scottish Intermediate 2s may be used to contribute to entry requirements but they are not sufficient for entry on their own. Alternative equivalent qualifications will also be considered positively.
Applicants who believe they may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Certificated and/or Experiential Learning (APCL/APEL) for certain modules will be considered on an individual basis.
Applicants for whom English is a second language must be able to demonstrate proof of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at level 6.0 (with no component score lower than 5.5) or equivalent.
All offers may be subject to successful interview
Learning and assessment
Learning activities on the course are diverse, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Students are expected to undertake extensive independent study and research to support lectures, seminars and assessments. Group work and group presentations form an important part of the course. Students will have access to specialist IT hardware and software, and on-line learning environment and reference facility.
Students will face a variety of assessments including formative and summative assessment, essays, technical reports, group and individual presentations, individual study projects and case studies based on work experience.
Students are encouraged to work with Race and Rally Teams independently and tutors introduce students to team principals in the service and paddock areas.
What work experience can I get?
There is no formal work placement on this course. The Academic and Vocational Skills and Industry Project modules will utilise both on and off site working environments to provide the opportunity for students to develop real practical and technical skills and help prepare them for employment in their chosen subject area.
There is the option to intercalate and take a gap year to work in the industry anywhere in the world. This enables students to gain experience in a real working environment as well as increasing employment prospects. Students can gain practical experience through involvement in the College racing/rally teams. In the past this has involved working with current competition teams such as the Ford WRC team M-Sport.
On successful completion of the course, students may apply to top-up to a full Honours Degree in one year, for example BSc (Hons) Motorsport Competition Car Technology (Top-up).
Students gaining the Foundation Degree may seek employment in the motorsports industry and opportunities exist in all sections of the sport. Positions such as a technician or mechanic in any field of motorsport, sub-assembly or component specialist are all possible career paths.
Steel toe capped footwear and flame proof overalls are required. A race team shirt is also necessary.
Additional costs for items that are essential for the course include:
· Flame proof overalls and safety footwear - £85
Additional costs for opportunities and items that are optional for the course include:
· Accommodation and subsistence on field trips, visits and race events - £40
· Race Team shirts - £30