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FdSc Motorsport Engineering (Licensed)

Delivered by Wiltshire College at Castle Combe Racing Circuit

This is a licensed University of Bath programme of study delivered entirely at Wiltshire College's motorsport centre at Castle Combe Circuit.

This course has been designed to appeal to students with a strong interest in competition vehicle design, construction and preparation, and has been developed with considerable support from the local, regional and national motorsport industry.

It provides a broad-based core of skills and knowledge applicable for a range of careers associated with the performance road and competition vehicle industries.

Students study all aspects of race car design and manufacture, including:

  • chassis
  • power train
  • aerodynamics
  • telemetry
  • electronics.

Students will apply this knowledge in the practical setting of race car preparation.

Students also develop their personal core skills to enable them to be effective communicators and be able to take responsibility in the work place. Work-based learning and competition projects form an integral part of the programme.

Teaching and Learning

As a student on a Licensed programme of the University of Bath you will be taught at Wiltshire College’s motorsport centre at Castle Combe circuit by academics and practitioners in the field. This is a unique teaching and vocational learning centre including workshops and classrooms which have been purpose-built to accommodate the course.

 Each standard unit (6 credits) has a notional learning time commitment of 120 hours, including both contact hours and independent learning. This is consistent with national guidelines. The Programme Specification can be found on the ‘More details’ tab.

 Students on licensed programmes are provided with membership of the partner institution's Students' Union/Association. Students will have access to the partner's facilities for academic and personal support, sports and social clubs and opportunities for involvement in student representation. Licensed students are not eligible to join the University of Bath Students' Union. For further information please see the 'More details' tab.

On successful completion of the Foundation degree, students who have achieved a sufficient grade level will be given the opportunity to progress to a one-year programme leading to a BSc (Hons) Motorsport Engineering work-based learning degree. The development of this programme was partly funded by the European Social Fund.

Additional costs

For information regarding any additional costs associated with this course please contact Wiltshire College.

Applications are welcomed from candidates with a strong interest in Motorsport Engineering.

BTEC Extended Diplomas (suite of qualifications known as Nationals on the QCF Framework) in the following areas:

  • Mechanical Engineering - MMM Profile
  • Vehicle Technology (Motorsports) - MMM Profile
  • Vehicle Technology - MMM Profile
  • All to include the Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians unit.

BTEC Nationals (NQF Framework) in the following areas:

  • Mechanical Engineering - MMM Profile
  • Vehicle Technology (Motorsports) - MMM Profile
  • Vehicle Technology - MMM Profile
  • All to include the Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians unit.

A Levels

  • Applicants must be studying a minimum of two full A Levels achieving an overall profile of CC including a grade C in a related subject area eg: Maths, Physics, Design Technology.

Other L3 Qualifications in the area of Motorsport Engineering:

  • Other Full Level 3 qualifications in the areas of Engineering, Motorsport Engineering and Vehicle Technology will be considered on an individual basis.

Full Level 3 qualifications but not in a related subject area:

  • Students with full Level 3 qualifications but not in a related subject area will be considered on an individual basis, but must be able to demonstrate a minimum of 100 hours significant relevant work experience in the Motorsport Industry.

Non-UK based qualifications:

  • Students applying with non-UK based qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Please note alongside their main entry qualification discussed above, students must also possess suitable English/Maths qualifications detailed below.

Level 2 Maths and English:

  • All applicants will normally require passes (at grade C or above) in GCSE Maths and English or their level 2 equivalents such as Functional Skills (previously Key Skills). Please note that Adult Literacy and Numeracy qualifications are not acceptable.

English Language Requirements:

  • Where English is not the applicant’s first language an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all areas or equivalent qualification, will normally be required.

Applications are made through UCAS to Wiltshire College. For further information on how to apply please contact the college directly: 

Wiltshire College