Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Taunton Centre

Who is the course for?

This course is for individuals who have secured a position as an Apprentice in the light vehicle maintenance sector. A motor vehicle technician services and repairs light vehicles such as cars and vans. They work on all the systems found within the vehicle. The nature of the work ranges from replacing simple parts through to solving complex faults with the use of diagnostic methods and equipment. 

What does the course involve?

The day-to-day tasks faced by the technician are constantly changing, driven by the introduction of ever more complex technologies and diagnostic techniques. Today’s apprentice has to demonstrate expertise in the technical side of their role. They must have strong problem-solving skills and a good grasp of the theoretical and practical aspects of a vehicle’s systems. They must be able to work independently but also operate as an effective team member, understand how their work shop and the dealership/garage functions from a commercial perspective, have good customer handling skills and identify ways in which they can work more efficiently. The growing complexity of today’s vehicles, and the pressure to deliver a high-quality customer experience, requires the retail automotive sector to attract and train high calibre individuals. You will also be required to achieve a qualification in refrigerant handling which will be delivered alongside the Apprenticeship.

What makes this course special?

For those who wish to “earn as they learn” this is the ideal course. An Apprenticeship is a highly valued and widely recognised qualification throughout the automotive industry.

The Automotive Centre at Bridgwater & Taunton College is a nationally recognised Centre of Excellence. Its superbly equipped workshops and classrooms offer the student the best possible learning opportunities. Teaching staff have relevant industrial experience and the College has been recognised as one of the very few grade one colleges in the country. We are also a lead member of the Motor Industry Skills Consortium.

The College has 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 Modern Apprenticeship training (Ford)
  • Institute of the Motor Industry Training Centre of the Year 2009

Entry Requirements

Individual employers will set their own selection criteria for the apprentice. It is however recommended that to optimise the chance of selection, candidates can demonstrate an interest in how the industry operates as well as ability to work in an organised and methodical way to analyse and solve problems; be able to demonstrate mechanical skills; also demonstrate an ability to communicate both orally and in writing. Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their apprenticeship. Ideally candidates looking to start an Apprenticeship would hold GCSEs in English and Maths at grade C or 4 or above. However Maths and English will be worked on as part of the Apprenticeship and each application will be looked at individually for suitability to start the course.

What are the assessment methods?

Apprentices will be required to take an active part in reviewing their progress with the college and their employer, including annual evaluations in the form of professional discussions. The discussion will reflect on behaviours, past performances and achievements.

At the end of the apprenticeship you will be required to take and pass an end point assessment, consisting of theory and practical examinations. Your readiness for end point assessment will be agreed between all parties, employer, yourself and the College.

How long is the course?

Typically it is expected that it will take three years for the Apprentice to attain the required level of competence in the workplace, although it may be sooner if an individual already has significant training and practical experience. 

What are the College attendance requirements?

Apprentices are required to attend college on a block release programme. This consists of 9 week long blocks for each year on programme. Accomodation can be arranged at an additional cost via the College if required.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

Depending on your age and circumstances some fees may apply for your employer, however these can be discussed on an individual basis.The apprenticeship standard is assessed via end point assessments. Your employer may be liable to pay for any resits should they be required. 

What are the progression options?

On completion of your apprenticeship you may wish to progress onto:

  • IMI Accreditation
  • Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Automotive Studies 

Further Information