What is an apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and gain a qualification as you go.

How is the learning carried out during the apprenticeship?

The National College for Motorsport provides the knowledge and develops skills while the employer provides the practical experience to put those skills to the test. Training can be classroom based, in a workshop or in a workplace, depending on the subject and on the learning provider.

An Apprenticeship is essentially a set of qualifications called a ‘Standard’ developed by Sector Skills Councils. The Motorsport Apprenticeship Standard follows a format that comprises of:

A National Vocational Qualification. This is achieved through collecting evidence in the work place which is then assessed to prove competency.

Knowledge based qualification and Transferable Skills – This is achieved by attending the full-time programme at the National College for Motorsport.

How many days a week is the course?

The Race Technician course currently takes place over two consecutive days per week as well as one day every week attending online learning sessions.

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 Silverstone area that already take our students. We do have a list available to students of accommodation used by former students. This list is not a recommendation by the National College of Motorsport and we would advise that you inspect the property and agree terms.

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 and Level 3, the tuition fees and any exam registration fees are FREE.  For any 19-23 year-old students who will be studying a Level 2 or Level 3 qualification for the first time, the course is also free.   If you are aged 19-23 and already have a L3 qualification or aged 24+, you will need to pay the course fee.

What do I do when I finish the course?

Foundation Race Technician students could progress into an Employer Led Apprenticeship after the course. Alternatively, they can advance onto the Race Technician programme if sufficient progress has been made during the Foundation year. Race Technician students could also progress onto an Employer Led Apprenticeship during or after their course.

Is there transport available to get to the college?

There is no College transport available to and from the Silverstone facility, but bus passes can be purchased for use on public transport.

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.  However, if you achieve GCSE grade 3 Maths or English, you will need to continue attending GCSE lessons as part of 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.

Are there any grants available to help with accommodation etc?

Please contact our Customer Services Team on 0345 658 8990 to discuss current support and eligibility.

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

The programme of study carried out at Silverstone also includes Enhancement and Tutorials, which are carried out online.  All students are expected to complete extensive periods of work experience with a race team during the year.

Are there any additional costs?

Additional costs include stationery and the National College for Motorsport uniform. All students must obtain the whole uniform, which is purchased directly from our supplier (T King Associates.)  This will cost approximately £350.00.  Below is the link to the supplier’s web site:


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, please go on to www.bedford.ac.uk and the check Financial Information under the ‘School Leavers and Parents’ section. 

When do I start the course?

We will contact you beforehand to confirm your start date and arrangements, where to go and what to bring with you.  Enrolment takes place 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.

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 may also be able to suggest other support services available.  The PAT and your course tutor will provide all the support you need to ensure you are able to complete the course successfully.