The Mechanical and Engineering, Motor Vehicle and Motorsport department others an excellent blend of industry standard provision, to equip our learners to develop their career in each chosen discipline. Programmes of study are delivered in our purpose built workshops and teaching areas.

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Our workshops have been developed in partnership with local and national industries and are fully equipped and boast the very best in advanced technologies. All of our students gain a high standard of skills and are able to progress to the workplace after gaining their nationally recognised industry qualifications.

Courses available in Engineering, Motor Vehicle and Motorsport

See below for the full list of Engineering, Motor Vehicle and Motorsport courses available at Riverside College. Please refer to the entry requirements listed further down the page to help identify which level is right for you.

Level Qualification Course Title
1 Diploma Engineering and Manufacturing
2 Diploma Performing Engineering Operations
2 BTEC Diploma Engineering
3 Diploma Engineering Technology
3 BTEC Extended Diploma Engineering
Motor Vehicle
2 VRQ Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles
3 VRQ Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles
2 EAL Motorsport Maintenance and Repair
3 IMI Extended Diploma Motorsport Maintenance and Repair

Once you have made an application to the college you will be invited in for an interview with the admissions team who will help to identify the right course, at the right level to meet your goals and aspirations.

Career Paths:

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Fabrication Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Marine Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Automotive Diagnostic Technician

More than just a course

Motor Vehicle

The Motor Vehicle industry is ever changing through technology and development. Here at Riverside College, we provide the opportunity to train in our modern, spacious and well equipped workshops with the latest diagnostic equipment alongside staff that have a wealth of Motor Industry experience. You will train as a Vehicle Technician, learning all of the skills that you will need to work in this fast-moving industry, along with work placement opportunities and numerous trips and visits.


Engineering is a diverse and extremely prosperous industry across the world. Here at Riverside College we work closely with global engineering companies to provide an unparalleled learning experience. We provide the opportunity to train using industry standard technology; including virtual reality welding sets, CNC machines and 3D printing suites. With our fantastic industry links we can offer visits and tours to many national engineering companies. We also offer many work placements and a multitude of apprenticeship pathways.


The Motorsport industry is a fast paced and exciting career that will take you around the world. At Riverside College we have a fleet of race proven vehicles that are prepared, maintained and raced during the Motorsport course which include Formula Renault open wheel race cars and Group N rally cars. You will be involved in high level research and development, and complete projects for high profile motorsport teams; including materials development using 3D printing. We will arrange work placements to hone your taught skills and visits to some of the top race teams in the UK.

Unique experience

  • New specialist workshops
  • Trips to motor shows and exhibitions
  • Work on live projects with local employers
  • Work on the latest technology
  • Links with high profile employers
  • Excellent progression opportunities
  • Attendance at race track events
  • Build a rally car
  • Green Car project challenge
  • Motorsport Cars

Entry Requirements

Level 3

Completion of an appropriate Level 2 qualification in Engineering / Motor Vehicle / Motorsport

Level 2

Completion of an appropriate qualification in Engineering / Motor Vehicle or four GCSEs grade 9-3 (including Maths and English Language at Grade 4)

Level 1

A minimum of four 9-2 GCSE subject grades, including Maths and English Language

Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma (Cronton)

5 GCSE’s at Grade 9 – 4 to include Maths, Science and English Language.

Level 2 (Cronton)

4 GCSE’s at Grade 9 – 3 to include Maths, Science and English Language.

What could these courses lead on to?

At Riverside College you can progress through the levels from entry level to level 3 and beyond with our HNC in Engineering. By achieving qualifications in Engineering and Motor Vehicle you will be able to access a wide range of employment opportunities and apprenticeships with local, national and global employers.

The Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering is ideal for students wishing to progress to university to study foundation degrees, BEng or BSc degrees. The one year Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technology is designed to prepare students for progression into an apprenticeship or further industry qualifications at a higher level.

The level 3 Motor Vehicle Diploma also prepares students for degrees in motor related subjects, higher apprenticeships or employment in a motor vehicle technician role.