Welcome to your Virtual Welcome Day

Please click the link below to access your live Welcome Day session.

Race Technician Welcome Day

Your session starts at 10.00am on Wednesday 30 June 2021.

Frequently asked questions

How many days a week is the course?

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.

What qualifications do I need to get before I can apply for the course?

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.

What qualifications will I achieve by studying at the National College for Motorsport?

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.

What else makes up the study programme for National College for Motorsport students?

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.

How much does the course cost?

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.

If I need accommodation, where will I stay?

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.

What are the additional costs?

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.

Is there any financial help?

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 about financial support, please use the link at the bottom of the page.

When do I start the course?

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.

Is there parking available?

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.

What additional support is there?

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.

What can I do when I finish the course?

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.

To contact us directly please call us on 0345 658 8990 or email info@bedfordcollegegroup.ac.uk