FIND YOUR DRIVE
STUDY MOTOR VEHICLE
Have you got a passion for cars? Whether it's high-end turbo engines or classic motors that interest you, the career opportunities in the automotive industry are exciting and ever evolving.
What does a mechanic do?
- Check and report on vehicles to identify mechanical faults and issues, using digital diagnostic equipment
- Liaising with customers, explaining costs of repairs and processes
- Carrying out servicing, maintenance and repairs on lots of different vehicles
- Fitting accessories like alarms and stereos
- Road testing vehicles to ensure safety
- Keeping records and ordering stock and parts
- Checking vehicles to see where the problem lies, often using digital diagnostic equipment
What are the career opportunities?
Jobs you could get include:
- Service Technician
- Garage Manager
- Plant Mechanic
What are the steps to get there? Once you've completed your qualification, there are lots of different options open to you. What you choose to do depends on your goal - have you got your mindset on a certain specialism, or do you want to develop more technical knowledge first? Your options are:
Take what you've learnt on your course and apply it to a role within the industry, where you will experience life in the workplace a few days a week, as well as continue to learn in college.
Got a specialism in mind? This is your perfect chance to study what you love further - whether it's mechanics or automotive engineering, your Advanced (Level 3) qualification will give you UCAS points to apply to university.
You could search for an entry-level position with a repairs company or garage, where you will take the next step on your career journey. You could also set up your own business offering your services.
Let's look under the hood...
Intermediate or Advanced?
You may have seen our courses split up into Intermediate and Advanced. Here's the lowdown on what they mean...
This level of study is equivalent to Level 1 & 2.
This will offer you a dedicated support system to prepare you for progression. You will develop your knowledge, skills and confidence in your chosen specialism, encouraged by your tutors and peers. Your experiences will enable you to decide what you want to do next, whether it’s an apprenticeship or an Advanced (Level 3) study programme at College, you will discover the wide range of options open to you.
This level of study is equivalent to Level 3.
Put your passion for your chosen subject into action with a variety of work experience opportunities. You’ll put your skills and knowledge to the test by taking on work experience in your chosen industry, getting an insight into what life in that career will be like. You’ll develop your learning at College, taking full advantage of our industry-standard facilities. Professionalism is a must for advanced programmes, as you will be making contacts and opening doors for yourself which could lead to something extraordinary.
This level of study is equivalent to Level 4, 5 & 6, and is only for people who have already completed an Advanced (Level 3) qualification (BTEC or A Level or equivalent).
Take your career to the next step with undergraduate qualifications, from HNCs to BA Degrees. Focus on your specialism, developing advanced technical, practical and research skills to prepare you for a fulfilling and successful career. With expert lecturers, small class sizes and access to facilities mirroring industry, get ready to become an expert in your chosen field.