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Automotive and Motorsport at B&FC

With the North West generating around £9bn of the total UK automotive manufacturing economy, the career opportunities within automotive and motorsport are excellent. B&FC has coveted STEM-assured status and our programmes provide the niche skills needed to compete for positions in automotive service and repair, manufacture, motorsport, research and development, and quality assurance.

An innovative and employer-focused curriculum is taught by industry specialists in our superbly equipped Advanced Technology Centre (ATC). Past students have gone on to build exciting careers with industry leaders such as Jaguar Land Rover, Ford Motor Company, Bentley, Lotus, M-Sport, Westfield Sportscars and MAHLE Powertrain.

Discover how B&FC can help you begin or advance your career in the automotive and motorsport industry. Contact us on T 01253 504 343 or E info@blackpool.ac.uk

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The North West is the UK’s second biggest region for automotive manufacture, generating around £9bn of the total UK automotive manufacturing economy through global names such as Bentley Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Leyland Trucks and Vauxhall Motors.

As well as manufacture, lots of opportunities exist in service and repair, working for a major dealership, your own garage or even for a motorsport team.

Most popular career routes:

Vehicle Technician, Mechanic or Electrician | Construction Plant Mechanic | Motor Vehicle Fitter | Motorsport Engineer | Motor Vehicle Body Repairer | Motor Vehicle Paint Technician | Automotive Air-Conditioning Repairer | Brake Repairer 

£24,600
Average annual wage in this sector
17,730
Number of jobs in the North West
Mechanic sat in a car on a laptop

What our staff and students say

Why choose B&FC?

Employability First

Employability First

With more than 1,000 employer partnerships, our work with employers has earned us the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize.

Expert Tutors

Expert Tutors

Our tutors are specialists in their subjects and help you develop the skills you need to be successful. They regularly spend time in industry to keep their knowledge and experience up-to-date.

Personalised Learning

Personalised Learning

Your own personal progress tutor will help you to settle in, keep you informed about upcoming events and provide ongoing support and guidance. We also offer confidential counselling.

Learning Support

Learning Support

If you have a disability (including a specific learning or mental health difficulty) we will help you to access the support needed to manage your studies as independently as possible.

Getting Here

Getting Here

With our FREE 24/7 Blackpool Transport travel pass, eligible students get unlimited use of any Blackpool Transport bus or tram. From 2019, we’ll also be offering a FREE circular bus service.
Eligibility applies

Career Planning

Career Planning

Our free careers service includes expert advice and resources to help with making career choices, applying to university and coaching to get you ready for employment.

Students' Union

Students' Union

Our Students' Union runs a variety of clubs, societies and events, all aimed at giving you the best student experience possible. You could also get involved as a rep or elected officer.

Sports

Sports

Sports are big at B&FC and there are lots of fitness activities and College teams for you to join, facilitated through our all-weather pitch, sports hall and fitness suite.

Food and Drink

Food and Drink

From smoothies to sub rolls, we offer a wide range of low-cost food and drink plus a FREE healthy breakfast for everyone and FREE meals for eligible students.
Eligibility applies

Work experience opportunities

B&FC works with a wide range of leading companies, offering specific industry placements with key Lancashire employers such as BAE, Blackpool Transport and Arnold Clark.

We are also the lead training provider for Ford’s apprentices in the North West.

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Industry-standard facilities

B&FC's £10.5m Advanced Technology Centre (ATC) is producing the technicians of the future.

Automotive students and tutor looking at a car engine

Our MOT testing facilities are in line with VOSA's current standards.

Automotive paint workshop

Our automotive refinishing department has six industry-standard paint application booths.

Motorsport students testing a sports car

Students have access to a purpose-built four-wheel drive dyno facility and engine test cells.

Student experience

We work with the best

Luxury carmaker Bentley Motors – one of our partner employers – created a stir when they headed over to our Bispham Campus for National Apprenticeship Week. 

Be part of the race

Our automotive students recently took the College’s Formula Renault to the track at Oulton Park to learn the secrets of a motor racing pit crew. 

Rally round

The College has its own BMW Rally Mini, which allows us the unique capability to integrate rally, formula and engine technology, and design into the curriculum.

Motor racing pit crew and racing car

Apply for a place!

It's easy to apply - you just need to click on your chosen programme then click on the 'apply' or 'enquire' button. Some workplace programmes even have an 'enrol' button so you can sign up there and then.

Complete the quick and easy application form then wait for our professional and friendly Admissions Team to get in touch.

How to Apply

How to find us

University Centre
Park Road
Blackpool
FY1 4ES
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Bispham Campus
Ashfield Road
Bispham
Blackpool
FY2 0HB
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Lancashire Energy HQ
Squires Gate Lane
Blackpool
FY4 2QS
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