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What career opportunities can this lead to?

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 are the entry requirements?

4 GCSEs at grade A*-E / 9-2 including maths and English; English at D/3 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.

What does this programme involve?

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 a local garage workshop and the colleges own MOT station to gain valuable work experience to prepare them for employment.

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

How is the programme taught and assessed?

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
-E-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 two hours minimum of self-study each week. The timetable is usually over two and a half consecutive days.

What else do 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.

Dates for the diary

Our School Leaver open events are held each October, November, March and June. For specific dates and times please see the events section of our website or telephone 023 8091 1299.

How do I apply?

Apply by clicking on the APPLY NOW link on this page. Alternatively, you can apply by completing an application form from our printed prospectus or through our Information, Advice and Guidance team by telephone 023 8091 1299 or via email at

*Fees will apply if you are over 18. You may be eligible for fee support or a loan. To find out an accurate cost, based on your individual circumstances, please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team.

Course Code


Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
MV1 Eastleigh College 9/9/2019 Full-Time Full-Time Full-Time   £1,665.00 Apply now

* Please note that although this tool looks to give customers the best indication of course costs, a final cost can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

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Please note all courses descriptions may be subject to change.

Luke, Motor Vehicle

Luke, 17

Luke, Motor Vehicle

Luke studies Vehicle Technology at Eastleigh College and is looking forward to progressing onto Level 3.


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