Motor Vehicle Systems Courses

two students in a workshop car
Getting Ahead

Motor Vehicle Systems Courses at South Downs Campus

Welcome to the Motor Vehicle Systems department at the South Downs Campus. Your teaching team are developing new resources and preparing the department for the start of your course in September. To work in the automotive environment, you must be able to adapt to any situation or problem.

Did you know? The government are hoping to implement zero emissions on all cars by 2030.

The first turbocharged production car engine was the Oldsmobile Turbo Jetfire used in the Oldsmobile Jetfire.

student and lecturer in a car in the college workshop

For your Getting Ahead activity, your teaching team would like to set you a practical challenge.

You are required to make a model car that can travel by itself. You can use any method that you desire for design, but the power must come from elastic bands. The vehicle can be any material that you have around the house; there are no size restrictions.

The only rule is that the race way must be level.

Bring your model and distance travelled to College when we meet later this year. The teaching team will choose the most inventive and creative design. There may even be a prize!

For this activity, your teaching team would like to set you a drawing challenge once you have watched the videos in the ‘resources’ section.

You are required to draw or paste an image of a Turbo and a Supercharger and list five advantages or disadvantages for both.

Which one would you prefer?


My courses were all especially interesting, I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. All of my lecturers were extremely knowledgeable and I have learnt a lot from them.

Lottie Warren, A Level student

The teaching has been really good, I’ve loved all of my teachers, they’ve all been really nice and supportive.

Jodie Hook

You’re here to learn and you want to learn, and the lecturers make it fun. You don’t have to come to college but you want to come to college.

Natalie Thorpe, A Level student