Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Bridgwater Centre
  • Taunton Centre

Who is the course for?

This course will interest if you are 16-19 and have a keen interest in the motor vehicle industry; it also can help you in to full-time employment on completing your qualification.

What does the course involve?

This is both a practical and theory course offering you an introduction to the motor industry, which will contribute to a full qualification including knowledge of a wide range of vehicle systems. You will cover all basic practical systems of the motor vehicle including engines, braking systems, transmission systems and electrical systems. The qualification develops both your competency in the workshop and your under-pinning knowledge in the classroom. 

What makes this course special?

National Centre of Excellence for Advanced Technology in Automotive Engineering

Students are trained in our state-of-the-art environment to cope with the increasing complexity of the modern vehicle, particularly in the areas of electronics and computing technology. Students are able to participate in visits to manufacturers, as well as attend on-site demonstrations from industry leaders in our own superb workshops. Students are supported through the tutorial system of one-to-one sessions, held on a regular basis to plan and develop the student's learning process. We are also a lead partner in the Motor Industry Skills Consortium.

The college has also received the following awards and accolades:

  • Beacon Award Winner – Responsiveness to Employers
  • OFSTED/ALI Inspection Grade 1 – Outstanding
  • Manufacture designated facility for Modern Apprenticeship training – Ford
  • Institute of the Motor Industry Training Centre of the Year 2009

Trips and visits

Throughout the duration of the course we offer a variety of trips and visits from team building activities to go karting and also motor shows. 

Entry Requirements

You will need GCSEs in the D-G or 3 - 1 range or Basic Skills at Entry 3, a positive attitude and the potential and stamina to complete the programme and progress.  A keen interest in the Motor Industry, and keen interest to succeed.

If you do not meet these entry requirements please see our Entry Level Programmes.

What are the assessment methods?

The qualification is achieved by demonstrating that you are both practically and theoretically competent. This ensures a good all round ability. Your practical evidence will be developed in the College workshops throughout the year and by working in a garage whilst on work experience after Christmas. You will also be assessed via three online exams which all count towards your qualification.

How long is the course?

The course is run over one year.

What are the progression options?

  • Progress to Level 2 in Light Vehicle Repair & Maintenance
  • Progress on to an Apprenticeship (subject to an initial assessment and suitable employment in a garage)

Further Information