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Engineering Motorsport Level 3 Extended Diploma

To gain a wider understanding of the motorsports industry so you can progress to higher education or go straight into a career, study our Extended Diploma in Engineering Motorsport. By studying and training at our specialist motorsports engineering campus at Bicester you’ll gain first-rate experience and a qualification that gives you the equivalent of three A-levels.


Health and Safety
Engineering Project
Mathematics for Engineering
Mechanical Principles and Applications
Electrical and Electronic Principles


Engineering Design
Properties and applications of Engineering Materials
Further Mechanical Principles and Applications
Engineering Drawing for Technicians
Fabrication Process and Technology
Welding Technology
Further Maths for Technicians
Applications of Computer Numerical Control
Setting and Proving Secondary Processing Machines
Computer Aided Manufacturing
Engine Principles

Optional Modules/units are subject to change.
You gain a qualification that’s the equivalent of three A-levels.
5 or more GCSEs grades A*-C including English and excluding maths
Or BTEC level 2 Diploma grade Merit or Distinction with English GCSE grade C or above or English Functional skills Level 2 (no maths at level 2)

If you are interested in a level 3 programme and have alternative qualifications you would like us to consider please contact us with your details

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and complete an internal assessment. All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.
You can progress to an apprenticeship foundation degree or university place from this qualification. Remember that we run a foundation degree here at Banbury and Bicester College, the Foundation Degree in Motorsports and Engineering Practice.
Assignments give you the opportunity to prepare written work based on your own observations (e.g. describe health and safety procedures). Additional assessment may be carried out by tutor observation and/or witness statements. Assessment of this course is mainly within the context of engineering and motorsport.

The fee for international students for the 2016 entrance is £6,300 per year.

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BCPADVENG Full-time Bicester


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Start Date :

Monday 10 September 2018

End Date :

Friday 26 June 2020
2 Years

Please note – Fees may be subject to change


case study

Returning to study has not only given Ian Davidson a new qualification, but a new-found confidence which is setting him on a path to success.

Having left school at 16 with just a handful of GCSEs, Ian started out on a mechanical apprenticeship before spending around 13 years working as a mechanic for car dealerships.  Read more about Ian's story.

“I was always interested in motorsport – my family raced and followed the sport. No-one in my family had ever worked in the industry and I wanted to take it one step further and make it my career.

“I went to Autosport International in Birmingham and found out about Banbury and Bicester College. I applied to the two-year extended diploma course and was accepted. I moved to Bicester from my home in Kent to attend college three days a week."

Read more about Robbie's story.

“My dad and I have always watched formula one on television and I have followed motorsport since I was a child, so it was always an interest of mine.

“My sister was already studying at the Banbury campus, so I came along to an open event at Bicester and liked what I saw. I took the extended diploma before moving onto the apprenticeship. The course was very hands on and it helps when the tutors are so enthusiastic about their subject.'

Read more about Jamie's course.

Level 3 Apprenticeship in Motorsport Engineering - Banbury and Bicester College, part of Activate Learning

Callum Bowdrey only attended the interview for an apprenticeship with Prodrive to get some experience. Now, two years later, he is travelling the world as part of the Aston Martin World Endurance Team.

Callum was coming to the end of his first year of A-levels when he saw the advert for the motorsport apprenticeship.

He said: “I wasn’t enjoying the A-level route. I have always been more practical and learn better with a hands-on style. I was interested in working in engineering but hadn’t considered that I could start my career with an apprenticeship.”

Read more.

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