Our training areas provide students with a realistic working environment

Our dedicated Motor Vehicle workshops offer you a real life working environment. The centres are fully kitted out with engine and repair bays, paint mix and spray rooms and a body repair area – perfect for all budding mechanics. We offer a wide-range of full-time and part-time courses, with qualifications at a variety of levels – including apprenticeships – and many of our courses are run by the Institute of the Motor Industry.

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Part-time courses

For more details about our Part-time courses please use the links below:

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Courses we offer

Level 2 Study Programmes
Level 3 Study Programmes

Entry requirements

Level 2 Study Programmes

Duration: One year
Transport Maintenance IMI Level 1 Diploma / Accident Repair Level 1 Certificate with Functional Skills and/or GCSEs at the appropriate level

Duration: Two years
3 GCSEs grades 9–1 or A*–G including English and maths and a keen interest in motor vehicle technologies

Level 3 Study Programme

Duration: One year
Motor Vehicle Body Repair & Paint IMI Level 2 Diplomas with Functional Skills and GCSE English and maths at the appropriate level

Mature students

We also welcome applications from mature students who will be considered on relevant work experience rather than qualifications.

What will I be doing?

Course Content

Level 2 Study Programme Overview

Motor Vehicle Intermediate (Level 2): Body Repair & Paint
This study programme will cover the technical needs for today’s motor vehicle repair industry, including basic body repair and refinishing techniques and procedures. You will gain essential knowledge for body repair and paint, working on a wide range of vehicles. You will also gain a broad knowledge and understanding of health and safety in the workplace, and other skills associated with working in a garage, dealership or specialist body repair shop.

Motor Vehicle Intermediate (Level 2): Maintenance
This study programme will introduce you to the technical needs for today’s motor vehicle repair industry, including the diagnosis of non-complex system faults. You will gain the essential knowledge required for work as a service technician working on light vehicles (cars and vans) in all types of garages, dealerships and maintenance depots. You will study a range of topics, including routine vehicle maintenance, removing and replacing engine units and more.

Level 2 Apprenticeship Overview

Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair (Light Vehicle) Apprenticeship Level 2
This Motor Vehicle apprenticeship offers a combination of qualifications, that will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to work as a mechanic in the light vehicle maintenance and repair industry. There is a constant demand for skilled technicians to repair and service vehicles and continuing advancement in vehicle technology means that technicians need to have high technological skills as well as good mechanical skills.

Motor Vehicle Paint Operations Apprenticeship Level 2
This apprenticeship offers a combination of qualifications, which will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to work as a paint refinisher in the vehicle crash repair industry. There is a constant demand for skilled technicians to prepare and spray repaired vehicles and continuing advancement in paint technology means that technicians need to have high technological knowledge as well as outstanding practical skills.

Level 3 Study Programme Overview

Motor Vehicle Advanced (Level 3): Body Repair & Paint
This study programme will provide you with the advanced knowledge and skills required for vehicle body repair and paint, working on a wide range of vehicles. You will also gain a broad knowledge and understanding of health and safety in the workplace and other skills associated with working in a garage.

Motor Vehicle Advanced (Level 3): Maintenance
Offered through the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), this study programme is a continuation from the Motor Vehicle Maintenance IMI Level 2 Diploma. The programme will build on your existing knowledge and develop your skills in advanced diagnostic and rectification techniques related to the mechanical and electrical systems of the vehicle.

Level 3 Apprenticeship Overview

Motor Vehicle Body Repair Operations Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3
This advanced apprenticeship offers a combination of qualifications, that will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to work as a fully qualified panel beater in the vehicle crash repair industry. There is a constant demand for skilled technicians to repair crash damaged vehicles and continuing advancement in vehicle technology means that technicians need to have high technological knowledge as well as outstanding practical skills.


Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair (Light Vehicle) Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3

The advanced apprenticeship will enable you to further increase your theoretical knowledge and practical understanding of light vehicle maintenance and repair. This apprenticeship offers a combination of qualifications, that will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to work as a technician in the light vehicle maintenance & repair industry. There is a constant demand for skilled technicians to diagnose and repair vehicles and continuing advancement in vehicle technology means that technicians need to have high technological skills as well as good mechanical skills. This apprenticeship offers a combination of qualifications, that will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need.

Motor Vehicle Paint Operations Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3
This advanced apprenticeship offers a combination of qualifications, which will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to work as a fully qualified paint refinisher in the vehicle crash repair industry. There is a constant demand for skilled technicians to prepare and spray repaired vehicles and continuing advancement in paint technology means that technicians need to have high technological knowledge as well as outstanding practical skills.

Course Structure & Expectations

Course Structure
Your full-time Further Education course will consist of a study programme. This means that alongside your industry-recognised qualification, you’ll also study English and maths and improve your personal and employability skills. In short, your study programme will provide you with:

  • A nationally-recognised qualification
  • English and maths skills
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills
  • Study skills
  • Employability skills
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Motor Vehicle Level 2

Ash Chambers

My interest in cars started when I began working in my dad’s garage. I did a year on a Mechanics course at College before taking some time out to do the Prince’s Trust work programme, which is a 12 week course. You get to learn new skills, meet new people and gain a qualification.

When I returned to College, I moved on to this Motor Vehicle course and recently won the ‘Most Improved Student’ award for the autumn/winter term.

I really enjoy working on the cars in the workshop. We usually have about six in there and we learn how to work on a car safely and the proper way to do things. This includes working on the brakes, the engine and using equipment such as the airgun to take the nuts off the wheel.

Coming to College has enabled me to learn to do things the right way and my dad also shares his experience with me at home. The tutors let you get on with your work independently during lessons.

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