For 2021-22, the Race Technician course will take place over four days per week and is a mixture of face to face learning in the college and online tasks undertaken at home.
You will need at least GCSE grade 3 in English & Maths to qualify for entry onto the Motorsport Race Technician course. If you do not achieve GCSE grade 3 Maths or English, you will need to continue attending GCSE lessons in addition to your study programme unless you are nineteen years old or over.
The main qualification delivered at Silverstone is the EAL Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Operations (Knowledge.) Students will also complete the City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Health & Safety in the Workplace qualification as part of their study programme.
The programme of study carried out at Silverstone also includes: The Health & Safety Award that is undertaken at the start of the Autumn term, enhancement topics and tutorials which are carried out in-house and online and Maths and English ‘stretch’ classes. All students are expected to complete a minimum of twenty hours of work experience with a race team during the academic year.
If you are aged 16-18 on 31 August 2021, a British resident and looking to study at Level 2, the tuition fees and any exam registration fees are FREE. For any students who are aged 19+ on 31 August 2021 who are looking to study for the Level 2 or Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay the course fee; course costs are available on request.
You will need to make your own arrangements for accommodation but there are many bed & breakfast establishments within the area that already take our students. We do have a list available to students of accommodation used by former students (available on request.) This list is not a recommendation by the National College of Motorsport and we would advise that you inspect the property and agree terms.
Additional costs to consider are:
Transport – There is no college transport available to and from the Silverstone facility, but bus passes can be purchased for use on public transport.
Uniform – All students must obtain the complete National College for Motorsport uniform which is purchased directly from our supplier T. King Associates. This can initially be purchased as a complete ‘bundle’ at a discounted rate of £280. Due to the bespoke design of the uniform, T. King will offer exchange only on items. For a size guide or any queries, please call: 01280 824836 or order using the link below:
Food and drink – The college does not have a canteen at present. There are vending machines available for snacks and drinks, a food van that visits in the morning and a café at the entrance to Silverstone Park.
A bursary is a payment you could receive if you are eligible which may help pay for accommodation, clothing and equipment required for your course, as well as travel and lunch on days you are in the college. For further information, please go on to the following link:
The college year starts w/c 13th September 2021 until June 2022. We will contact you beforehand to confirm your start day and arrangements, where to go and what to bring with you. Enrolment and Induction takes place on your first day during the first week of the course, once we have received uploaded evidence of proof of qualifications, ID and fee waiver evidence (if applicable.) It is also essential that a recent photo is also uploaded as it is required to produce the student ID card.
There is limited parking outside Units 8 and 2285 and a small Visitors’ Parking area in between both units. Further parking spaces are available by the café at the entrance to Silverstone Park.
Students with any worries or concerns can seek advice from the college Personal Achievement Tutor (PAT) who you will meet at the beginning of the course. If you have a personal issue, you can ask the PAT for advice; they will also be able to suggest other support services available and refer you. The PAT and your course tutor will provide all the support you need to ensure you are able to complete the course successfully.
Full time level 2 Motorsport Race Technician students could progress into an apprenticeship upon completion the course. Alternatively, you can advance onto the full-time level 3 Motorsport Race Technician programme, also at Silverstone or embark on a career in manufacturing in Motorsport.
Race teams have never before been able to access industry specific qualifications for their race mechanics. This failure in the education system has resulted in race mechanics progressing through experience as the benchmark for quality. Although this proven method is accepted by the motorsport industry, it is by no means a guarantee that you will find a good quality race mechanic.
At the National College for Motorsport, we try to combine the tried and tested methods of progression through hands on experience with good quality motorsport industry specific qualifications, delivered by experienced ex-professional race mechanics in an industry specification facility.
The Engineering Operative Apprenticeship Standard with the National College of Motorsports combines the knowledge qualification gained on the full time programme with the skills qualification attained in the workplace to achieve the full Apprenticeship Standard following the synoptic end point assessment process.
- Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements
- Working efficiently and effectively in advanced manufacturing and engineering
- Using and interpreting engineering data and documentation
- Using and interpreting engineering data and documentation
- Stripping and rebuilding motorsport vehicles pre-competition
- Inspecting a motorsport vehicle during a competition
- Diagnosing and rectifying faults on motorsport vehicle systems during competition
Further Knowledge modules will be delivered as part of this Apprenticeship Programme.
You will train your apprentice, which means they will be moulded to exactly the way you and your team works. They will serve a four year nationally recognised apprenticeship, which will be a good quality benchmark for your company, and could ease any insurance issues presented in the future by event organisers questioning “qualified” staff members working in the pit lane and on race cars at events.
As of April 2017 all UK employers who have a total wage bill in excess of £3 million a year will pay the new apprenticeship levy. The levy rate will be set at 0.5% of your wage bill offset by a levy allowance of £15,000.
If your wage bill is less than this you will not pay the apprenticeship levy, however you may need to make a contribution to fund any apprentice you employ. You will need to co-invest 5% of the agreed price and the government will pay the remaining 95%. For small employers (fewer than 50 employees) who take on younger apprentices (aged 16-18) the government will pay 100% of the apprenticeship costs.
No, there is no upper age limit to study for an apprenticeship.