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

MEM20413 – Certificate II in Engineering Pathways

Students enrolled in Formula Student’s Formula High School Race-car Build Program are enrolled in the MEM20413 Certificate II in Engineering Pathways qualification. This qualification has been designed by industry as a Prevocation Qualification and is ideal for the Program, allowing students to study the qualification while being engaged in 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

All training resources and materials are included. Tools, equipment and consumables are provided by the facility (school or Formula Student training facility) where the training is being undertaken.

Training and Assessment Strategy Overview

Formula Student has a philosophy of delivering training that prepares a student for work, and students develop workplace skills by undertaking work like practices in a work like environment.

To 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 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 or learn, and the steps required to achieve the outcome. The component manufacture is broken down within the job card into the various step by step work tasks.

This step by step process breaks a finished task down into the steps or stages to manufacture an item or learn theory 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 job card is the trainer sign-off. Where a component is manufactured, 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 job card and the student as they progress through their work instructions. The observable behaviours are mapped in the background to performance criteria for Units of Competency (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 assessment 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 assessed and signed-off if deemed competent by the assessor.

Students have multiple opportunities for assessment due to the formative nature of assessment. If 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.

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 student’s 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

Computers are available at our Yandina training facility and at the majority of school facilities. If you are in a Bring Your Own Device School, your school will advise if you need to BYOD.

Additional items

Some schools may require students to provide additional items to those listed above. Each school will provide students with a list of what they need to provide.

Entry Requirements

The MEM20413 Certificate II in Engineering Pathways has no units of competency with pre-requisites.

The Program is open to high school students who have completed at least year 9 who have a reasonable level of language, literacy and numeracy skills (at a level that will enable successful undertaking of the course). Students need to check with their school regards entry requirements, as schools may offer the program to students either in Y10, Y11 and Y12.

Course content is designed to provide direct relevance to the work-related vocabulary, reading, writing and numeracy that students are 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 Formula Student home page

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

Depending on which class you are enrolling in and if you are accessing Government Funding such as Queensland VET in Schools (VETiS), 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.

All students enrolled in a Nationally Recognised Training qualification (including ALL students undertaking VET in Schools programs) MUST provide Formula Student with their Unique Student Identifier (USI) within two weeks of enrolment, and student enrolment cannot be confirmed by Formula Student until a valid USI has been provided. For information about obtaining a USI see