Build a kit car at Weymouth College

HIGHLY DESIRABLE: A Westfield sports car

OPPORTUNITY: Weymouth College lecturer Rex Witts

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

STUDENTS look set to get their motoring skills in gear as part of a new course at Weymouth College.

Some lucky school leavers could get the chance to build and race a sports kit car and gain an NVQ level two qualification.

The course, working with Westfield Sportscars, is aimed to get students revved up about this alternative study which could lead to employment within the motorsport industry.

A total of 14 students, aged between 16 and 18, will have a place on the course to construct two Westfield cars from September. The group will be split into two teams with each team having a team manager, marketing manager and competition secretary.

Each team will be required to join the local car club and undertake an extensive build diary that will be hosted on the college website.

Both cars will be entered into a series of auto-test events around Dorset, with all maintenance and crew work carried out by students. Rex Witts, head of engineering and construction at Weymouth College, launched the course along with his teaching team.

Mr Witts said: “This is a highly desired opportunity for students to build and complete a Westfield whilst learning valuable engineering and organisational skills.

“It also gives students the potential to be involved with the Westfield community and progress into either motorsport or engineering as a career.”

The course offers an NVQ level two diploma in performing engineering operations alongside some smaller qualifications including welding and computer aided design skills.

For those budding car builders who do not have the space or cash to build their own Westfield Sports Kit car, adults will be able to join a leisure class to build a third car on evenings and some Saturdays.

Westfield Sportscars are the UK leading hand-built sports car manufacturers that still is British owned and family run.

For more information contact Rex on rex_witts@ weymouth.ac.uk

Weymouth College said 21 students sat their GCSE maths this year with 62 per cent achieving a grade between A* - C.

All the evening class adults who sat the exam achieved A* - C.

Weymouth College will be doing part-time English and maths GCSE from September onwards which will allow people to retake the exam while studying on a full-time course.

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2:24pm Sun 2 Sep 12

not too distant says...

they cancelled A-levels for rubbish like this?? oh my... It's gone from teacher training college, to sloppy sixth form, to 'leg-up' centre for below par remedial students... 'Build a kit car'?? Get an NVQ 2?? WOW!! Real life changing stuff that, no wonder the world is so keen to invest in Britain! We are world leaders in mediocre, spending money on idiots who cant be bothered to tackle something real.
they cancelled A-levels for rubbish like this?? oh my... It's gone from teacher training college, to sloppy sixth form, to 'leg-up' centre for below par remedial students... 'Build a kit car'?? Get an NVQ 2?? WOW!! Real life changing stuff that, no wonder the world is so keen to invest in Britain! We are world leaders in mediocre, spending money on idiots who cant be bothered to tackle something real. not too distant
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7:51pm Sun 2 Sep 12

FooWoo says...

not too distant wrote:
they cancelled A-levels for rubbish like this?? oh my... It's gone from teacher training college, to sloppy sixth form, to 'leg-up' centre for below par remedial students... 'Build a kit car'?? Get an NVQ 2?? WOW!! Real life changing stuff that, no wonder the world is so keen to invest in Britain! We are world leaders in mediocre, spending money on idiots who cant be bothered to tackle something real.
Think that is a little unfair. It is a good college and should be appreciated. I have gone a long way due to the good staff and teaching.
[quote][p][bold]not too distant[/bold] wrote: they cancelled A-levels for rubbish like this?? oh my... It's gone from teacher training college, to sloppy sixth form, to 'leg-up' centre for below par remedial students... 'Build a kit car'?? Get an NVQ 2?? WOW!! Real life changing stuff that, no wonder the world is so keen to invest in Britain! We are world leaders in mediocre, spending money on idiots who cant be bothered to tackle something real.[/p][/quote]Think that is a little unfair. It is a good college and should be appreciated. I have gone a long way due to the good staff and teaching. FooWoo
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2:26pm Tue 4 Sep 12

not too distant says...

FooWoo wrote:
not too distant wrote:
they cancelled A-levels for rubbish like this?? oh my... It's gone from teacher training college, to sloppy sixth form, to 'leg-up' centre for below par remedial students... 'Build a kit car'?? Get an NVQ 2?? WOW!! Real life changing stuff that, no wonder the world is so keen to invest in Britain! We are world leaders in mediocre, spending money on idiots who cant be bothered to tackle something real.
Think that is a little unfair. It is a good college and should be appreciated. I have gone a long way due to the good staff and teaching.
Well it may seem harsh, but the very lecturers who helped me turn my life around (after 30..!) have been told to teach GCSE or leave. The Governing Body have deliberately cut the numbers applying for A-levels year on year by cancelling advertising strategies and allowing other sixth forms and colleges to take the initiative. The maths department had 19 lecturers when I first attended at 16, now it has 1, and she's been forced into early retirement (Bless you Penny). So tell me where the future of this country lies now? In loser-ville, that's where.
[quote][p][bold]FooWoo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]not too distant[/bold] wrote: they cancelled A-levels for rubbish like this?? oh my... It's gone from teacher training college, to sloppy sixth form, to 'leg-up' centre for below par remedial students... 'Build a kit car'?? Get an NVQ 2?? WOW!! Real life changing stuff that, no wonder the world is so keen to invest in Britain! We are world leaders in mediocre, spending money on idiots who cant be bothered to tackle something real.[/p][/quote]Think that is a little unfair. It is a good college and should be appreciated. I have gone a long way due to the good staff and teaching.[/p][/quote]Well it may seem harsh, but the very lecturers who helped me turn my life around (after 30..!) have been told to teach GCSE or leave. The Governing Body have deliberately cut the numbers applying for A-levels year on year by cancelling advertising strategies and allowing other sixth forms and colleges to take the initiative. The maths department had 19 lecturers when I first attended at 16, now it has 1, and she's been forced into early retirement (Bless you Penny). So tell me where the future of this country lies now? In loser-ville, that's where. not too distant
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