Formula Pre-Vocation

Where students are "Racing to Learn"

About the Formula Pre-vocation program

 The Formula High School Pre-vocation course is designed for students to gain basic skills in Engineering with a view to looking at Engineering as a pathway to employment.

The program is suited to school leavers looking for training to gain some skills prior to entering the workforce, retired people looking for a 'sea-change" by changing career path and requiring basic skills, disengaged youth who learn better in a practical environment with a view to an engineering pathway and many more.

The program, like our other programs, is project orientated and designed around experiencing simulated workshop practices that will not only develop skills in the subjects learned, but also tacit worklike manners and practices that will be beneficial to the learner when they gain employment.

The "project" is the construction of a full sized Le Mans Prototype(LMP) racecar. This race car is based on the DP1 developed by Palatov Motorsports in the U.S. although utilisies the same sigle cylinder engine as used in the Formula High School program.

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Course Duration

The Formula Pre-vocation course is a full time course over 8 weeks.

The course is made up of 3 days in the workshop each week, supplemented with self directed learning from a learning space of the leaners chioce. This could be from home, at a library, or sitting in the park. Anywhere there is access to the internet to log in and carry on studying.

For further information on this exciting course please contact the staff at Formula student by going to the contact us tab at the top of the screen

Course location

The course is run at "M" block, 1030 Cavendish Rd, Mt Gravatt East, 4122.

This site is an ideal learning location with other learning facilities on site such as PARTEC QLD, Australian Institute of Advanced Studies and TAFE QLD Brisbane all on the same site.

With a bus stop right outside the front entrance, transport to the facility is easy regardless if you have your own transport or utilise public transport. The Translink website will have ready information on public transport options. Click the button below to be taken to the Tranlink Website.
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The facility is equipped with a large car park and there is parking for Formula Student students right in front of the workshop.

Our fully equipped workshop facility allows students to learn skills and knowledge while utilising up to date equipment. using

The Formula Pre-Vocationl program is built around the MEM20413 Certificate II in Engineering Pathways.

This qualification is designed by industry as a Prevocation Qualification and is ideal for the Formula Pre-Vocationl program, allowing students to study the MEM20413 Certificate II in Engineering Pathways while engaged by exciting and fulfilling course work.

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Course pricing

MEM20413 - Certificate II in Engineering Pathways
  • The full cost for the Pre-Vocational course is just $4020.00 and as a Nationally Recognised Training course is GST exempt.
  • Students may also be eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee program which is funded by the Queensland Government.
  • For Concessional Certificate 3 Guarantee eligible students there is no Concessional Co-Contribution fee for the course and is therefore Fee Free.
  • Non-Concessional Certificate 3 Guarantee eligible students will be required to pay a co-contribution fee of $402.00.
  • Non-Concessional Certificate 3 Guarantee eligible students over 50 years of age will be required to pay a co-contribution fee of only $50.00.
  • The training is designed to develop work ready skills and utilises clustering of units. Due to the clustered design of the training, students enrol in all Units of Competency at the start of training. Contact us for further course structure information.
  • Students are advised to seek independent advice regarding the Certificate 3 Guarantee program by reading the Certificate 3 Guarantee fact Sheet. Click the button below to be taken to open this important fact sheet.

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Course inclusions

The following are included in the course fee:

A comprehensive range of workshop hand tools are made available to students for use throughout the course.

A comprehensive range of air and power tools are made available to students for use  throughout the course.

A comprehensive range of fabrication equipment is made available to students for use  throughout the course.

Automatic welding helmets are made available for student use when welding.

Access to welding bays and individual welding machines where required.

Work benches for project work are made available for student use.

Consumables required for project work and general learning of skills during set classes.

Access to course learning material such as workbooks, textbooks, charts and other informative items.

Formula Student has a philosophy of delivering training that prepares a student for work, so programs such as Formula High School, Formula Pre-Vocation and others develop the learning while untertaking work like practices in a work like environment.

The this end, both the training and the assessment are carried out while undertaking simulated workshop tasks or jobs. As much as possible both the Skills and the Knowledge components of the learning, commonly called practical and theory components, are carried out in the workshop, on the job.

Our training for the MEM20413 Certificate II in Engineering Pathways utilises MRP(Manufacturing Resource Planning) software which allows tasks to be allocated to students and for the logging on and off by the student for the different work areas and equipment used.


Students are instructed by the trainers and/or carry out blended learning utilising video instruction to gain an understanding of the task and what is required as an outcome. 

The student is assigned a job card and drawing to instruct them on what it is they are required to manufacture, and the steps required to achieve the outcome. The component manufacture is broken down within the jobcard into the various step by step work tasks such as mechanical cutting, linishing, handtools/power tools, pedestal drilling, welding etc. 

This step by step process breaks a finished task down into the steps or stages to manufacture it and the student clocks on to each stage of the job card, just like in a real manufacturing workshop. The final stage or step on the jobcard is the trainer sign-off. The student inputs into the MRP software how many units he/she manufactured and the teacher signs off those components as satisfactory once they are manufactured and meet the tolerances and specification required on the drawing.


Assessment is carried out in a formative manner, taking into account the clustered nature of the training and assessment. Trainers utilise the latest in technology with the Formula Student proprietary mobile device observational assessment system.

This system allows the trainer to monitor and assess observable behaviours displayed by the student live while the student is carrying out tasks. The system is integrated with the MRP software and follows the jobcard and the student as they progress through their work instructions. The observable behaviours are mapped in the background to performance criteria for the UoC. Each observable behaviour is generally mapped to multiple UoC performance criteria across a range of UoC. 

Students are observed and assessed progressively and over time.

For a student to be assessed as competent in a unit of competency, they must be assessed over time on multiple occasions for each of the Performance Criteria within a UoC. This mapping is carried out by the Formula Student proprietary mobile device observational assessment system. Once the system determines that a student has been determined satisfactory for each Performance Criteria through observable behaviour assessment from the teacher and questioning either by the trainer or through assessment quizzes through the LMS(Learning management System) component of the Formula Student proprietary mobile device observational assessment system , the system will then flag the staff at Formula Student that the student has satisfactorily achieved the required criteria for a competent result in that UoC and is ready to be signed off. 

Students have multiple opportunities for assessment due to the formative nature of assessment. If however it is deemed that the student has had multiple opportunities and is still not able to achieve competency, then the student is determined to be Not Competent. For more information on multiple attempts refer to the student handbook here

What students need to supply

While we try and cover all items required during the learning and assessment, there are some items students will be required to supply and bring to class.

The first and most important are PPE items. PPE stands for "Personal Protective Equipment".

Students will also be required to supply their own stationery.

Student will need to provide the following:


Long sleeve shirt.

This item is required during any class that involves welding. It must be made from a non-flammable material and it is highly recommended that students purchase a known brand high-visibility style workshirt.

Long pants.

Students are encouraged to wear long pants during all activities, however shorts are OK in hand tools environments. Long trousers are compulsory however when students are involved in activities that require welding to prevent burns due to the range of rays emitted from the welding source, along with radiated heat and sparks.

Protective footwear.

Engineering workplaces and practices require steel capped footwear to be worn during practical activities or while walking in practical based areas and the learning environment is no different. Students are required to have steel capped work boots or shoes to be able to enter the workshop. As the majority of our practical AND theoretical learning takes place in the workshop it will be rare that students won't be required to wear steel capped work shoes/boots.

Protective eye wear/safety glasses.

As with protective footwear, protective eyewear is a standard item when entering engineering workshops. Students are required to provide some form of eye wear/safety glasses that conforms to current Australian Standards. this could be in the form of safety glasses or a faceshield for those that wear prescription glasses. It is the students responsibility to provide suitable protective eyewear.

**Students will need to supply the preceeding items and wear them during all workshop sessions. Students who arrive at a workshop session without all of the required PPE (as listed on this page), for the student's safety and the safety of others, the student may not be permitted entry to the workshop to participate in the session.



Students are required to provide a range of day to day stationery such as pens, pencils, ruler, notebook and other items that they would generally be expected to bring to any other form of theoretical class.

Computer Equipment.

Students are required to provide a laptop suitable for the operation of software such as SolidWorks and/or AutoDesk Inventor. Computer requirements are listed on the websites for those software packages. Formula Student will provide a link to for students to download the Student edition versions of AutoDesk Inventor to students who do not already have either of the nominated software packages.
Students will also be required to access dropbox during class and therefore will require mobile internet to access the internet while at the workshop. This can be via mobile phone hot-spotting or other means, however Formula Student does not provide internet access for students.
For further computer information go to the contact us link at the top of the screen and send us an email to discuss any question you may have.

Course entry requirements


No units of competency within the qualification have pre-requisites.


Students who have completed at least year 9 in Queensland should have the level of language, literacy and numeracy skills to successfully undertake this course.


Course content is designed to provide direct relevance to the work-related vocabulary, reading, writing and numeracy they are being asked to learn.


Prior to or upon enrolment or at any time during the course, a student may request their language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills be assessed to confirm their LLN skills are at the level required for the course (or individual units). In addition, trainers and assessors may request a student undertake an LLN assessment at any time during the course of their studies if the trainer and assessor thinks the student may be experiencing difficulty with the requirements of the course.


For more information about LLN assessment and support, click on the Student Support tab at the top of the site or the link to the Student Handbook.



Enrolling in a Formula Student program is a simple two step procedure.

1/ Become a student by clicking the "Become a Student" button on the top of the page

2/ Once you are a student, you can enrol in a class by logging in first and then clicking the enrol in a course button. Upon becoming a student you can go straight into the enrolment area.

Depending on which course you are enrolling in and if you are accessing Govt Funding such as VETiS Funding for example, you may need to provide additional information such as copies of previously awarded Certificates or Visa category information. Formula Student may require this information along with other information to ascertain if you qualify for the funding you are utilising for your enrolment