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 course incorporates a mix of practicals, classroom lectures, industry visits and case study exercises, including assessment in practicals and written assignments.

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.

Course modules

Diploma

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.

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.

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

Operation and Maintenance of Light Vehicle Transmission Systems

Delivers subjects such as clutch, automatic and manual gearboxes and drive trains.

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.

Vehicle System Fault Diagnosis and Rectification

Teaches the student to analyse symptoms and data to reach conclusions about faults and to repair them.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Vehicle System Fault Diagnosis and Rectification

Teaches the student to analyse symptoms and data to reach conclusions about faults and to repair them

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Fabrication Processes and Technology

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.

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.

Vehicle Engine Management Systems

This combines ignition and injection sections and shows the systems working together.

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.

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.

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.

Operation and Maintenance of Light Vehicle Transmission Systems

Delivers subjects such as clutch, automatic and manual gearboxes and drive trains.

Subsidiary Diploma

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.

Operation and Maintenance of Light Vehicle Transmission Systems

Delivers subjects such as clutch, automatic and manual gearboxes and drive trains.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

· Subsidiary Diploma (60 credits in 1 year) /Diploma (120 credits in 2 years) - An English GCSE at C (4) or higher plus a minimum of three others at C (4) or higher, including Maths or Science

· Extended Diploma (180 credits in 2 years) - An English GCSE at C (4) or higher plus a minimum of four others at C (4) or higher, including Maths and Science

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

Progression

As a course equivalent to A level the BTEC level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma is an ideal spring board for progression to a Foundation Degree or Full Degree depending on UCAS points gained.

Careers

Motorsport race technician, manufacturing for motorsports, contracting, sales, logistics and transportation – with many transferable skills relevant to the motor industry.

Special requirements

Minimum Age: 16 years old

Costs that are mandatory for the course:

Pens, pencils, note book etc. Maximum £20

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) £85

Costs that are optional for the course:

Trips and visits approx. £50

Although not essential for the course, students may wish to buy recommended books. £20 - £50

Race top for competitive events also available to purchase from the College. £30

Workexperience

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

Motorsport

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.