Course overviewThis course is designed to give you the skills required to maintain and repair light vehicles. You will cover a range of topics from how to remove and refit wheels and tyres, to engine dismantle and rebuild. As well as how to work safely whilst you will develop your personal effectiveness skills and communication skills to enable you to progress to further training or employment.
The study programme will also incorporate a range of work related experience activities to ensure that you have the breadth of skills required to progress to further/higher education, employment or an apprenticeship.
Level 1 is the entry qualification for this field and will take one year to complete. Your time at college will be spent equally between the classroom covering theory and the workshop to put theory into practice.
What else do I need to know?You will come into college for three days a week and will be required to wear a uniform consisting of a NSCG Embroidered Polo-shirt and Fleece, black work trousers and toe capped boots.
During your course, you will be required to undertake 24 hours of work experience. This could be in a garage or attending an event directly relevant to your course. Work experience will look great on your CV and may also lead to a full time apprenticeship.
The department schedule a number of class trips throughout the course. In the last couple of years the group have attended the Autosport/Vehicle show at the NEC Arena and have been Go Karting as part of a team building exercise.
Working in the Motor Vehicle Industry
Types of job – Vehicle technician, MOT tester, Roadside technician, Auto Electrical technician, Heavy Vehicle Trailer Technician
Please find a link below to the government website with further details including average salaries, typical working hours and more about the career.
What are the entry requirements?
As part of your study programme here at the College alongside your chosen course you will complete a maths and/or English qualification if you have not already achieved a grade 4 or above. (This will be a GCSE for all students with a grade 3 or below).
Progressing students will also need to demonstrate good attendance and punctuality and to have been on a work experience placement.
How is it assessed?
What financial support is on offer?
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £23,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance
What can I do next?
You may wish to seek an apprenticeship or employment in the automotive industry as a qualified vehicle technician in a main dealer, an MOT tester or roadside technician.
Some of our Level 3 students decide to apply for university to study on Motor Sport courses and pursue a career in the Motor Sport industry.
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