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Motor Vehicle & Motorsport Engineering
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Motor Vehicle & Motorsport Engineering

Train for your career in the heartland of the auto industry in East London and Essex

There is such an automotive heritage in our area of East London, which makes Barking & Dagenham College a natural choice for training for your future job as an:

  • Automotive Engineer / Technician
  • Motorsport Engineer / Technician


Thanks to our close relationship with industry, students on our Motor Vehicle courses at Levels 2 and 3 benefit from work experience opportunities with big names such as Ford, Vauxhall and Suzuki.

Train in a real working garage

As a former dealership and service centre, our London Road Garage offers you the perfect real work environment for Motor Vehicle and Motorcycle training.

You may also study in the specialist workshops at our main Rush Green campus; it depends on which course you select.

IMI approved centre

Professional industry-linked courses

You will study for the professional Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) Awards courses, or for a City & Guilds or a BTEC. 

We currently have 6 courses available.

  1. City & Guilds Certificate in Vehicle Maintenance Level 1 Level 1
  2. City & Guilds Motor Vehicle Maintenance Diploma Level 1 Level 1
  3. IMI (Institute of Motor Industry) Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Principles Level 2 Level 2
  4. IMI Level 2 Diploma in Vehicle Inspection Level 2
  5. Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles Diploma Level 3 Level 3
  6. City & Guilds Diploma in Introduction to Vehicle Technology Entry Level 3 Level E

You benefit from our close relationship with Ford

Our London Road Garage, a former car dealership/service centre, is tailor-built to provide an industry environment for training that leads to work.

The Ford Vehicle Research & Development Centre at Dunton, Essex, kindly supply engines, transmissions and chassis components for you to train on. 

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Latest News

  • Life in ‘Vee’ fast lane
    Life in ‘Vee’ fast lane

    Motorsport students at Barking & Dagenham College are on the fast track to an interesting career, after getting the chance to work on a real racing car.

  • Hurdler Khai sets his sights on the Tokyo Olympics
    Hurdler Khai sets his sights on the Tokyo Olympics

    Young British hurdler Khai Riley-La Borde, 20, from Purfleet, Essex, is closer to his goal of reaching the European Championships this summer after coming 5th in the World Indoor Trials last week.

  • Life in the fast lane
    Life in the fast lane

    Barking & Dagenham College students got the chance to hear about the motorsport industry thanks to a visit from Birmingham City University and Aquila Race Cars.

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Join our Rally Team

Our Motorsport students have the chance to become co-drivers/navigators and car rally pit crew members, as we regularly compete in competitions around the country with our very own rally car.

Barking & Dagenham College Rally Car

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