Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Bridgwater Centre

Who is the course for?

This course will interest you if you are 16–19 and have a keen interest in the Heavy Vehicle Automotive Industry, which could include the maintenance and repair of Commercial Vehicle Fleets or the exciting world of Truck Racing. Did you know that “a race truck is faster than a Porsche 911 to 100 mph?” If you would like to study on a full time basis this is the course for you, it can also help you into full time employment with an apprenticeship on completion of your qualification.

What does the course involve?

This is a very practical course offering you an introduction to the Heavy Vehicle Industry which leads to a full qualification. You will gain knowledge of a wide range of Heavy Vehicle systems such as the engine, transmission, steering, braking and suspension systems. You will also explore technological developments in the Truck Racing Industry, gaining an insight of how to modify a standard truck diesel engine. You will also use the advanced electronic equipment in the auto-lab to study the latest electrical principles of the Heavy Vehicle. The qualification is split between theory and practical sessions designed to equip you with the skills to gain employment or progress to the next level course.

What makes this course special?

National Centre of Excellence for Advanced Technology in Automotive Engineering

We have invested in state of the art facilities that include two computerised automotive laboratories. In addition, we have dedicated classrooms with computer based facilities. Students are trained in this state of the art environment to cope with the increasing complexity of the modern heavy vehicle, particularly in the areas of electronics and computing technology. We are also a lead partner in the Motor Industry Skills Consortium.

The college and Automotive section has also received the following awards and accolades:

  • Beacon Award Winner – Responsiveness to Employers
  • Ofsted/ALI Inspection Grade 1 (Outstanding)
  • Learning & Skills Council Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE)
  • Manufacture designated facility for Ford Masters Apprenticeship Programme
  • Institute of the Motor Industry Training Centre of the Year 2009

On-site repair workshops

The Automotive Centre has six workshops in addition to Heavy Vehicle, including Light Vehicle, Motorsport and Vehicle Body Repair. This is where you can put everything you learn into practice. This generates your portfolio of evidence for assessment.

Residential visits

There are various day and residential trips to motor shows, trade events, karting and factory tours. In addition you will develop team building skills at our high and low ropes outdoor activity centre.

Entry Requirements

You will need GCESs 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 Heavy Vehicle Automotive Industry which includes trucks, buses and coaches and an overall enthusiasm 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. Your practical evidence will be developed in the college workshops throughout the year; sitting end of unit assignments, phase tests and on-line exams assesses the theory.

How long is the course?

The course runs over one year, with three days per week College attendance.

What are the progression options?

  • Progress onto an IMIAL Level 2 Diploma in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Principles
  • Progress into employment, where students can return on a part time basis to study further on an apprenticeship programme
  • The Heavy Vehicle Industry usually pays 20% more to their qualified technicians than the light vehicle sector

Further Information