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Posted by: Elise_Lewis - Posted: March 23, 2021

Hi , my name is Elise , I’m currently a 17 year old sixth form student looking to study motorsport engineering or become an apprentice in 2022. I discovered this site a while back but have decided to join now as I start my journey in applying for courses etc. I’m hoping to find some work experience that will aid me in my applications. If anyone knows of any opportunities, whether that be virtual shadowing or even just the chance to visit an office or team base. I am also interested in any opportunities in the journalism and commentary field, reporting on action as it happens (much to my families annoyance whilst we’re watching races ) and writing articles is something I really enjoy, but I don’t study an English A level, so journalism degree options are limited for me , so if I can gain experience independently then it’s something I would love to pursue alongside engineering.
The main issue I have encountered so far is that universities recommend having some work experience, but most programs I can find are aimed at post graduate students.
Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

thanks , Elise.



Good Afternoon Elise,

Thanks for becoming a vital part of our community! We’re seeing an increasing number of students from 6th forms joining us which is great, we’re thrilled to see you are looking for a career in the motorsport industry!

We look forward to seeing you in and amongst the forums and supporting you in your career aims. You like many others are looking to secure work experience which is crucial to your development, your enthusiasm is shining through with is great – that alone will put you on the right path to success!

So let’s get started, can you tell us a few things?

1. What courses you are looking to apply for at university, I’m guessing Motorsport Engineering?
2. What fields/areas of motorsport journalism interest you, or perhaps which type of sport, single-seaters, saloons, or perhaps something further afield such as motocross? I’ll look to put you in touch with some of our journalist/media/commentary contacts soon! But which would be your first preference?
3. What areas of the engineering side are you interested in? Mechanics, development, design, manufacturing or data analysis, car systems/performance for example?

Top Tip: (We share this with many of our new members)

We really recommend you complete a full Student Motorsport profile (with as much detail as possible) so you get the most out of our network. It’s also nice to be able to ‘put a face to your name’. We’re interested in taking a look at your educational background, your interests and of course, see what your aims are, and there are future employers out there looking to do the same.

If you have a completed profile it speaks volumes about you, it’s not just about the posts you create or questions you ask, people want to see who and what type of person creates them.

Thanks you for the response ,
In terms of university i am hoping to do automotive engineering or motorsport engineering, however I’m not doing maths A level, so I don’t meet the entry requirements for most courses. I’m hoping my physics and love for maths will help me in this, as i would be more than willing to learn any necessary content before starting the course and there are teachers who would be able to help me do this.
For journalism and commentary sides ; i have grown up watching a variety of different motorsports, but single seaters, rally and GT or touring car are the ones that i follow very closely and would love to be involved in. I’m starting to get more interested in the esports side of motorsport as well, as it has grown a lot recently and is becoming more competitive every week.
I’m not entirely sure what area of engineering i want to go into , but analysis , performance engineering and mechanics are ones that interest me , but I’m hoping to be able to get some experience or learn more about these so i can really focus myself into the path i want to follow.
Thank you for the tip about completing a profile , i will do that as soon as possible , I’ve been busy with schoolwork recently so i apologise for the slow response, but I’ve been looking through the website and i can’t wait to interact more with other users.
Thanks for the feedback :
Elise 🙂

Good Morning Elise,

Apologies for my slow response, I have been a busy bee working on car builds and set-up’s over the last 3 weeks for our Student Motorsport Challenge you may have heard of it?

So in response:

1. In terms of university surely your A’levels in engineering and physics is an adequate entry for a motorsport course? Have you considered calling them, it’s common that individual cases are considered and accepted. You could also consider a Foundation Engineering degree to support entry to a motorsport mEng course or perhaps the operation/management based course could spark interest?

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2. Please to hear that you are also considering automotive engineering or motorsport engineering, what year are you in your A’levels?

3. In terms of journalism and commentary I am thrilled to hear this interests you, we need more people talking about motorsport, but we are working with journalists to support more coverage on talking about the ‘little people’ or the support people, teams, companies that make up the mass of the industry not simply F1 or higher tier sports.

4. I suppose in terms of engineering we need to tackle this when we know If you are bael to progress onto such a course as mentioned in point 1, but gaining experience in this could be a good way to see if it is a path you wish to follow anyway.

Looking forward to seeing your profile develop, look out for news on our further developed site and profiles coming soon too!

Good Afternoon Elise

I hope all is well, and that you found my last response useful?

Have there been any other developments you can share with your career drive?


Sorry for not responding I have been rather busy with end of year exams as I’m coming to the end of year 12.
I have made some progress in applying for various different work experience opportunities but I am yet to find anything or have any responses so if you know of any contacts it would be greatly appreciated.
I’ve been attending some university online open days and have found some courses I am able to do , my favourite of which being Automotive engineering at Surrey University with a foundation year , I’m going to look around the local area of the next few weeks.
I’ve also started my EPQ (extended project qualification) which is going to focus around motorsport and engineering .

Hopefully I’ll get some news soon on work experience


Good Morning Elise,

No need to apologise, simply interested in your progress.

I do hope your progress and revision towards your end of year exams are going well, I am sure you will do well you seem very focused.

We too have been ‘chasing’ opportunities for work experience, but as we have eluded to on other posts and without our social media channels it is still providing to be a difficult time given the pandemic, but we’re holding out hope for some opportunities over the summer so keep in touch.

How did you find the university open days? Great t hear you were able to attend in person, what a great idea about checking out the local areas too. It’s not always just about the university and course, so well done on that!

So what does the EPQ involve, sounds interesting?

My exams went quite well thank you , it has definitely boosted my confidence for starting year 13 this September.
The EPQ involves researching and writing a report which you then present, you can choose almost any topic and its worth half an a level in terms of UCAS points.
Last week we had an engineering researcher from Cambridge into school to talk to us about his work with aerodynamics and off of that i have started some aerodynamics research and experiments of my own as i found it really interesting to hear about.
This coming Saturday i am going to visit a university campus in person , and the online open days i have been on so far have been very insightful and given me lots to think about in terms of where and what i study.
Ive been attending some of the FIA girls on track webinars and they have also been incredibly useful , there was one from an engineer who talked about the different projects she works on , and things like this have me more motivated than ever to get started in a few years.
I have also completed the first few drafts of my personal statement so its all starting to feel rather real and its a bit scary that i will be heading of to uni in 2022 😂
Hopefully over the summer i will be able to find some opportunities , i have been contacting various teams and businesses to enquire about volunteering.

Good Afternoon Elsie,

Great to hear back from you as always!

We’re all very pleased to hear that your exams went well, crucial for your year 13 start!

The EOQ sounds very interesting, almost akin to a degree dissertation perhaps or a major project. I suppose you’ll do this on Aero now?

So how did the visit to the university go, well I hope? It’s also great to hear that you have been attending webinars, they are incredibly insightful and a go-to place for up to date information…not least the motivation you mentioned!

Don’t be scared regarding your entry and progress to university, I found it an amazing experience, and you WILL do so well! With regards to volunteering would this align with Aero again or back to performance, journalism or indeed Esports as you mentioned earlier in this thread?

Good afternoon,
The university visit was amazing , I got to see the Surrey campus and spent some time walking around the town and I really loved it . It’s made me even more excited to hopefully study there in the coming years
I’ve been looking for volunteering in anything to do with motorsport, preferably on the engineering side but I have been looking into journalism opportunities as well .
I’m hoping to find out today if I have secured a place on the FIA girls on track London Formula E behind the scenes day , and whilst it might not be work experience it would be my first experience getting up close with a race weekend , I’ve taken part in go karting races and weekends before but nothing on this scale, so fingers crossed I get a place!
Thank you for the encouraging words as far as university applications, I’ve now done quite a few drafts of my personal statement and am finalising my list of universities ready to apply in September or October .
I’m looking at doing my EPQ on aero or car design , I’ve been doing an independent research project making models and using paint and a fan to make a wind tunnel style experiment, which I am really enjoying and seeing how airflow works using physical models has been really interesting.

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