Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Bridgwater Centre

Who is the course for?

This course is for those who would like to study on a full time basis, have completed a level 1 Pre-Apprenticeship programme or equivalent and are looking to progress onto an apprenticeship or employment in Heavy or Light Vehicle. This course is also ideal for those who have at least 1 year's relevant trade experience and would like to gain a skills-based qualification.

This course is also for you if you are between the ages of 16 and 32 and interested in joining the Army whilst studying vehicle mechanics (or intending to study) in Further Education, then the new Army Bursary Scheme is the way into a fantastic new learning experience that will enable you to earn while you learn.

What does the course involve?

Topics covered will include; advanced health and safety, removal and replacement of heavy vehicle units and components, routine vehicle maintenance and safety inspections with emphasis focused on the Vehicle & Operator Services Agency (VOSA) Heavy Goods Vehicle Inspection manual. You will also get hands on experience using a fully computerised vehicle braking efficiency roller tester.

You will study the theory and operating principles of all major vehicle systems at level 2 which will include: diesel engines, tyres, brakes, steering and suspension, vehicle electrical and electronic systems and fault diagnosis. You will get the opportunity to use modern vehicle electrical diagnostic equipment as part of the course.

What makes this course special?

This course gives learners the opportunity to gain a recognised trade qualification without the need for full employment, using our excellent modern, fully equipped workshops and classroom facilities.

Entry Requirements

You will need to have completed the pre-apprenticeship Level 1 programme in Light or Heavy Vehicle, with merits in all exams. For individuals with no formal qualifications, who have at least 1 years relevant trade experience may be accepted on the course upon successful interview and knowledge assessment.

What are the assessment methods?

Learners will be assessed through practical tasks, written assignments/exams and online tests for each unit.

How long is the course?

One year with a completed level 1 pre-apprenticeship or equivalent in Light or Heavy Vehicle and/or at least 1 year's relevant trade experience. Two years direct entry under the Army Bursary Scheme.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

Further education bursary

Aged 16–32? Want to get paid while you learn?

The British Army is offering Further Education Bursaries for all full vocational courses at Level 2 and Level 3.

What is a further education bursary?

If you are interested in joining the Army, and studying (or intending to study) in FE, you could be eligible to earn up to £5000 cash award to help you through your studies; £1000 for each year you spend at college (maximum 4 years) and £1000 on completion of the first stage of Army training. You will then get to start your Army career, building your future.

Whilst at college, as well as the support provided by your tutor, you will have a dedicated Army contact to offer you advice and encouragement whenever you need it. The Army will also offer you the chance to gain some valuable work experience, in order to ensure that you get the best opportunities for preparation and development.

To find out more about the Army Bursary Scheme, simply contact Rachel Simpson, Bridgwater College Further Education Bursary Coordinator: Tel: 01278 441225 or email:

Or, you can enrol for your course at Bridgwater College and then inform your tutor that you wish to apply for an Army Further Education Bursary.

Get in touch before September to find out if you are eligible for the next academic year.

What are the progression options?

Students may like to progress onto an apprenticeship programme (subject to initial assessment and suitable employment in a commercial vehicle workshop), or complete a full time Level 3 Diploma in Heavy Vehicle.

Further Information