Level 3 Edexcel Diploma Suite Motorsport

About the course

The College offers an opportunity to study at level 3 (A level equivalent) for students who wish to develop a comprehensive understanding of motor vehicles - encompassing practical techniques, academic knowledge and technical skills. It is a popular option for both school leavers and successful Level 2 Diploma students.

The courses are designed for students who wish to develop a comprehensive overview of the modern motorsport vehicle - encompassing practical maintenance techniques and technical motorsport skills. It is divided into practical workshop sessions, lectures and assignment work, designed to give students a better understanding of the industry.

Students receive training in all aspects of vehicle mechanics from a motorsport perspective.

For learners with 4 GCSEs (including English Language at Grade C), the Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma has 6 units (60 Credits) of study and makes up the first year of the 12 unit (120 Credit) Level 3 Diploma qualification (120 Credits) - ideal for learners that wish to study for 1 or 2 years. Students wishing to do the Level 3 Diploma over 2 years must have 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above including English Language and Maths or Science or another Level 2 qualification at Merit level with a Key Skill at Level 2.

Applicants with at least 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above including English Language, Maths and Science or course specific (which could include Chemistry, Combined Science, Biology, Physics or PE etc) will be able to apply for the Level 3 Extended Diploma studied over 2 years requiring successful completion of 18 or more units (180 Credits).

Students will also receive training and assessment in a range of additional qualifications, which will enhance their employability.

Course modules

Year 1

Operation of Vehicle chassis Systems

This module will provide learners with an understanding of the operation of the main chassis systems found in modern vehicles. This will include the vehicle transmission, steering, suspension and braking systems. (Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma and Extended Diploma)

Operation and Maintenance of Light Vehicle Transmission Systems

Delivers subjects such as clutch, automatic and manual gearboxes and drive trains. (Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma and Extended Diploma)

Light Vehicle Suspension, Steering and Braking Systems

This module will give learners a knowledge of the operating principles of light vehicle suspension, steering and braking systems enabling them to carry out inspection and fault-finding on these systems. (Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma and Extended Diploma)

Motorsport Workshop Practices

This module will give learners an understanding of the safe operating procedures of a trackside/temporary vehicle workshop and enable them to appreciate relevant health and safety issues in terms of risk to self and others. (Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma and Extended Diploma)

Motorsport Vehicle Preparation and Inspection

This module focuses on both the technical and practical aspects of preparation and inspection. It will enable learners to gain the skills required of a competent member of a motorsport team. (Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma and Extended Diploma)

Vehicle Electrical Charging and Starting Systems

The module will give learners the opportunity to determine faults in a vehicle’s battery, charging and starting systems, identify and confirm the specific component that has failed and undertake suitable rectification procedures. (Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma and Extended Diploma)

Professional Practice and Logistics for Motorsports

This module has been designed to help learners prepare for a full-time career in motorsports. Learners will investigate the organisations, administrative procedures and professional bodies associated with motorsport activities. (Extended Diploma only - Year 1)

Mathematics for Engineering Technicians

Mathematical and scientific principles are an inherent part of many areas of motor vehicle technology. This module will develop learners’ knowledge of these principles and their application in the automotive engineering environment. (Extended Diploma only - Year 1)

Communication for Engineering Technicians

This module will provide a foundation for employment in a wide range of engineering disciplines (for example manufacturing, maintenance, communications technology). It aims to develop learners’ ability to communicate using a diverse range of methods. These include visual methods, such as drawing and sketching, and computer-based methods, such as two-dimensional (2D) computer aided drawing (CAD) and graphical illustration packages. (Extended Diploma only - Year 1)

Year 2

Vehicle System Fault Diagnosis and Rectification

Teaches the student to analyse symptoms and data to reach conclusions about faults and to repair them. (Diploma and Extended Diploma)

Vehicle Project

This module will provide learners with opportunities to present their own solutions and should enable them to feel confident in carrying out project work in the vehicle technology sector. (Diploma and Extended Diploma)

Function and Operation of Vehicle Petrol Injection Systems

This module will introduce learners to petrol injection systems and give them an appreciation of how these systems operate. (Diploma and Extended Diploma)

Operation and Testing of Vehicle Electronic Ignition Systems

This module will enable learners to understand the fundamental operating principles of electronic ignition systems and will give them the knowledge and understanding needed for accurate diagnosis and repair. (Diploma and Extended Diploma)

Vehicle Engine Principles, Operation, Service and Repair

This module will enable learners to develop an understanding of a range of engines in terms of their operating principles and processes, applications and service/repair. (Diploma and Extended Diploma - Year 1 module for Extended Diploma.)

Engineering Drawing for Technicians

It is important that when a product has been designed it is manufactured correctly and to specification. To achieve this it is crucial that the people making the product in a workshop are provided with well-presented engineering drawings, produced to international standards and conventions. This avoids errors of interpretation which can lead to the scrapping of expensive parts. An understanding of how graphical methods can be used to communicate information about engineering products is an important step for anyone thinking of taking up a career in engineering. This unit introduces learners to the principles of technical drawings and their applications using hand drawing and computer-aided drafting (CAD) techniques. (Extended Diploma only - Year 2)

Engineering Design

This module aims to provide a foundation for work in engineering drawing, computer aided design and a basis for more advanced study. Learners will develop an understanding of technical drawing standards. They will develop communication skills and knowledge of techniques required for the production and interpretation of engineering drawings in accordance with British Standards. Learners will then gain an awareness of the application of computer aided design (2D) software. (Extended Diploma only - Year 2)

Vehicle Engine Management Systems

This combines ignition and injection sections and shows the systems working together. (Extended Diploma only - Year 2)

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (60 credits in 1 year)

4 GCSEs including English Language at Grade C or above, or a Level 2 qualification (eg First Diploma at Pass level including at least 1 key skill at level 2 in either Application of Number or Communication), or equivalent qualifications.

Level 3 BTEC Diploma - (120 credits in 2 years)

GCSEs at Grade C or above, including at least 1 in English Language and Maths or Science or a Level 2 qualification (e.g. First Diploma at Merit level including at least 1 key skill at level 2 in either Application of Number or Communication), or equivalent qualifications.

Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma - (180 credits in 2 years)

5 GCSEs at Grade C or above including Maths and English Language plus one course specific GCSE such as Science, Biology or PE or an Intermediate Level course (eg First Diploma at Distinction including at least 1 key skill at level 2 in either Application of Number or Communication), or equivalent qualifications.

Applicants for all courses in Motorsports Studies are expected to show a strong commitment to the industry and a strong personal statement and a passion for motorsport.


As an A Level equivalent Study Programme, the BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma is an ideal spring board for progression to a Foundation Degree or Honours Degree, depending on UCAS points gained.


Manufacturing for motorsports, motorsport mechanic, contracting, sales, logistics and transportation – with many transferable skills relevant to the motor industry.

Special requirements

1 Minimum Age: 16 years old

2 Equipment and / or Clothing: Clean Myerscough Motorsport fire retardant overalls and suitable protective footwear (available to purchase from Myerscough College at the beginning of the course).


Practical experience is delivered within the course and additional enrichment is obtained by a variety of trips and opportunities afforded to the students.


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 seven motorsport workshops and a number of different competition cars for the continuing development and expansion of motorsport teaching. We believe that hands-on experience is an important aspect of learning and therefore encourages students to take part in a wide range of motorsport events throughout the UK. The department also now features a brand new motorcycle workshop for the learners on our new motorcycle programme.

NEW: Motorcycle Workshop

Myerscough College has recently invested in a brand new state of the art Motorcycle workshop for our new Motorcycle Maintenance course which offers students the chance to work on two wheels, understand the principles of motorcycle mechanics and get involved in the thriving motorcycle sport industry.