OverviewFoundation Race Technician Pre-Apprenticeship Course (Level 2)
This popular course is a must if you have a serious drive to become a professional race mechanic.
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All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at: www.bedfordcollegegroup.co.uk/finance or view the Full-time Fee Flow Chart below.
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If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.Find out more
If you live in any of the following areas and wish to apply for or enrol onto one of our courses, please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990 to check if your course is funded or not:
- Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
- Greater Manchester
- Greater London
- Liverpool City Region
- Tees Valley
- West of England
- West Midlands
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I chose to study at the National College for Motorsport as I found it to have some of the best lecturers compared to other colleges offering similar courses. It is also in a prime location for getting work experience and apprenticeships, as there are many teams based at the business park and in the local area. A friend of mine had previously attended the College and, after listening to his experiences, I knew this was the best place to enhance my skills and get my career started.
There are many parts of the course at the National College for Motorsport that set it apart from other colleges, however, the two best parts in my opinion are the tutors and the cars we learn on.
The tutors at the College still work with teams on a regular basis, which means they are always teaching us the current techniques used in motorsport. They are always willing to help out wherever they can and their vast knowledge and experience really helps. You also get used to working in the right environment because they run the College as if it was a professional race team. The cars at the College are also by far better than other colleges as they all use current systems.
After finishing this course I hope to move on to the Level 3 course as an apprentice with a British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) team and eventually progress up the categories to one day become a Number One Mechanic in Formula 1. The tutors are always in contact with teams all over the country so, as long as you’re willing to put in the hard work, the progression into an apprenticeship with a team is certainly possible.
- GCSE at grade 3 (grade D) or above in English and maths.
Entry is subject to a successful interview.
You need to have considerable passion for motorsport and the desire for a career as a race mechanic.
This study programme includes race car preparation techniques, engine and transmission units, as well as an introduction to motorsport industry working practices. The course also contains a significant practical element within the study programme.
Continual assessments of both practical and theory work.
- EAL L2 Diploma in Engineering Operations (Knowledge)
- English and maths qualifications if required
Once you have completed the Race Technician Study Programme you will be assessed on the progression made during the year. You will be invited to progress onto the Race Technician Level 3 programme. You may also progress onto an Employer Led Race Technician Apprenticeship during the programme if employment with a race team is secured.
This course is based at Silverstone. All students will have to purchase uniforms at an approximate cost of £300 (cost could be subject to change).
If you are aged 16-18 years old on 31 August 2021, a British or European Union resident, live in England and looking to study at Level 2 and Level 3, the tuition fees and any exam registration fees are FREE.
If you are aged 19 years or older 31 August 2021, a British or European Union resident, live in England and looking to study a full-time Level 2 qualification, the tuition fees and any exam registration fees will be FREE. (Please note: there are some postcode exemptions for funding – our Student Recruitment Team will be able to confirm this). For level 3 qualifications, you will need to pay full tuition fees (or apply for an advanced learner loan if you reside in England and are eligible).
Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.
Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
We are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.
We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.