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What opportunities will this course give me?

The retail automotive sector employs over 500,000 people with a turnover of 146 billion a year! This programme is suitable for those individuals who wish to undertake a qualification which will support their progress into the retail motor vehicle industry, either directly or after completion of further study such as Level 2 Light Vehicle Maintenance or an Apprenticeship.

As an apprentice automotive technician, you may expect to earn between 7,000 - 13,000, depending on your age and stage of training. Once you are qualified, you may expect to earn between 22,000 - 26,000. (

What will I be learning?

This qualification is designed to engage and motivate students who are interested in learning about the repair and maintenance of motor vehicles and the various roles that are available in the retail motor industry.

You will develop your knowledge and skills in:
• health and safety practices and good housekeeping
• tools, equipment and materials
• spark ignition engine systems, components and operation
• compression ignition engine systems, components and operation
• steering and suspension systems components and maintenance (4 wheels or more)
• vehicle braking systems components and maintenance
• vehicle wheels and tyres construction and maintenance
• vehicle exhaust systems components and maintenance
• vehicle electrical foundation skills

All students studying on this programme will have a period in the colleges own MOT station to gain valuable work experience to prepare them for employment.

Why is this course for me?

The programme comprises practical tasks and technology in the form of underpinning knowledge. You will be assessed through a combination of:

• workshop based competence tasks and questioning
• written assessments
• external online testing
• Functional Skills assessments in Maths and English
• A portfolio of evidence to show your competence and understanding of the qualification and skills

The study programme is 12 hours per week for 35 weeks with additional hours for Maths and English and students will be expected to complete an additional four hours minimum of self-study each week. The timetable is usually over three days and includes completion of math and English to current government requirements.

How will my learning be enhanced?

Programme tutors will arrange visits to industry based events, such as the Motorsport Show.

What do I need to sign up?

4 GCSEs at grade A*-E / 9-2 including maths and English; as well as a genuine interest in gaining experience of working in the retail automotive industry. Candidates will be required to undertake BKSB assessment in Maths and English, and attend a College interview.

Is there anything else I need to know?

You will need to provide suitable overalls and safety boots which must always be worn during all workshop activities, as well as a folder for your learning materials and pens as you will be expected to keep a record of your learning.

If you are aged 16-18 the programme is fully funded. If you are aged 19+, fees may apply.

Application Information

Please note that all courses are subject to minimum numbers and course descriptions may be subject to change. A place on your chosen course is not confirmed until all of the necessary enrolment paperwork is signed and any relevant fees are paid. The team will be in touch to discuss this with you, once your application has been processed.

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12/09/2022 - Apply Now


Eastleigh College

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24+: £1,766.00

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MV1 Eastleigh College 12/09/2022 Full-Time Full-Time Full-Time   £1,766.00 Apply now

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