The College of West Anglia

Everything around you has been engineered in some way: cars, computers, TVs, toys, wind turbines and even a can of baked beans. Engineering is the science, discipline, art and profession of acquiring and applying technical knowledge to design materials, structures, machines, devices, systems and processes that safely realise a desired objective. The college offers a huge range of courses to help you take your first steps into the industry, ranging from the teaching of techniques such as fabrication and welding through to specialist electrical installation, please select a subject area below to learn more.


In June 2011 David Coulthard said that Britain is the centre of the motorsport universe and that "there is so much history, heritage and success here and we need to keep feeding that." He wasn't just talking about Formula 1, but recognised all forms and all levels of motorsport and the fact that it is in an industry worth £4billion to Britain.

CWA embraces the British tradition of motorsport and has its own race team, based at our Wisbech campus, which competes in the Avon Tyres Formula Ford series.

In addition to driving the car, the staff and students take full responsibility for all aspects of running a race team, including the development and engineering of the car and the logistical and commercial aspects, such as gaining

Motor Vehicle Maintenance

There are now more than 35 million cars in the United Kingdom with the technology used in motor vehicles rapidly moving forward. It is therefore becoming increasingly important to have fully trained professionals to ensure we can all keep moving. The College of West Anglia can help you to become one of these professionals.

If you have the desire and commitment needed to become a success then our experienced staff, excellent facilities and up-to-date industry recognised qualifications will provide you with the best possible start to your career.

Motor Vehicle Paint and Body

There are now more than 35 million cars on the road in the United Kingdom. Day-to-day wear and tear means body and paint technicians are essential in the motor vehicle trade.

Our specialist resources include a bodyshop and paint spraying facility, teaching skills including preparation, procedures for application and how to diagnose and rectify of paint faults.

Success Stories

Bradley Dyble

Motorsport, Engineering

Bradley previously studied at the Flegg High School in Great Yarmouth before joining CWA where he successfully completed the level 3 in Motorsport before progressing to the HNC in Engineering, which he completed in 2014. He is now working as a full-time race mechanic for Excelr8 Motorsport, based near Snetterton, which provide ‘Arrive and Drive’ packages for drivers wishing to compete in the Power Maxed Mini Challenge along with support packages for owner drivers who want to run their own car.

“Studying at CWA helped me dramatically because the college runs a full race spec Formula Ford in the BRSCC championship which gave me the confidence to work within a motorsport team and talk to drivers. My best memories were working in the workshop striping and rebuilding the 1600cc Formula Ford and preparing it for race weekends as the college motorsport team went racing at various tracks around Great Britain. I would tell anyone thinking about studying at CWA to do it as you learn a huge amount and see the different sides of motorsport. This allows you to then decide which route to take i.e. assistant mechanic, main mechanic, chief mechanic or team manager. I was so passionate about this course I moved away from my home in Great Yarmouth at 16 years old and lived as a lodger for two years. This was the best decision I ever made because I met so many new people and made many friends, who I’m still in contact with.”


Steven Morris

Motor Vehicle Service and Repair

Steven is studying Motor Vehicle Service and Repair at CWA and also receives training from the Nissan Training Centre in Wisbech. He previously attended Thomas Clarkson Academy and decided to study at college to extend his knowledge of motor vehicles. He felt that college was the best place for him and offered the best course.

Steven enjoys studying at CWA, learning new things and working within a team. He said: “I would tell anyone thinking about studying at CWA to do it, do not hesitate, get your application in and enjoy the time you have at college.”

Once Steven finishes his current course he would like to continue studying and training with the College of West Anglia and work as a qualified mechanic.