OverviewRace Technician Pre-Apprenticeship Course (Level 3)
This course is open to students who have successfully completed the Foundation Race Technician Pre-Apprenticeship course at Level 2 and is a great next step to realising your ambition to work within the motorsport industry.
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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
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I’ve always had an interest in Formula 1 and the different racing series’. While my granddad was a Moto GP fan and rode motorbikes, I’m the first person in my family to want to get into the industry as a career.
I looked at the National College for Motorsport after my GCSEs, but with no engineering or mechanical experience at the time, I wasn’t sure what to study. I got some work experience at an Aston Martin Garage and went on to complete A-Levels in Maths, Physics and Design Technology.
All of this gave me a good head start for College, because I can apply the theory to many areas of motorsport. For instance, there is a lot of physics involved in the working of engines. I enjoy all the workshop practicals, particularly being able to work on one seater cars that you wouldn’t ordinarily have access to.
The lecturers here realise that not everyone has grown up in mechanical families surrounded by cars and they are more than happy to go over things more than once if you don’t understand something. They’re very approachable and will happily give you one to one time.
I’ve completed about 150 hours of work experience. I started my first placement before College to give me a head start. That was with the F3 team, Lanan Racing, who I was based with two days a week. When College started there was an opportunity to work with Team Parker Racing at the Porsche Carrera Cup at Silverstone, which I was put forward for by my lecturers. The team then invited me back to do Brands Hatch with them as well. I’ve also done a week with Carlin who are one of the largest teams outside of Formula 1.
My ultimate career goal is to work for Formula 1 as a Number One Mechanic. It’s the pinnacle of motorsport and the technology and evolution that comes out of it is the highest you can get. I would love to experience that.
- Completion of the Race Technician Level 2 Study Programme.
- 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 course is open to students who have successfully completed the Race Technician Level 2 Study Programme and is a great next step to realising your ambition to work within the motorsport industry. This course includes advanced race car preparation, steering and suspension systems, fault diagnosis and braking system units.
Continual assessments of both practical and theory work.
You will gain:
- Engineering Technology (Motorsport) EAL Level 3 Diploma
- There is up to 168 UCAS points available for this course.
The course will prepare you for progression into employment in the motorsport industry and onto an Employer Led Advanced Race Technician Apprenticeship/Advanced Apprenticeship.
This course is based at Silverstone. All students will have to purchase uniforms at an approximate cost of £300 (subject to change). Returning students may need to purchase additional uniform at an approximate cost of £100 (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.