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Motor Vehicle

For many, wanting to become a mechanic is a childhood dream. You may have nostalgic memories of watching a family member work on cars and have always dreamed of getting under the bonnet yourself. Some may have developed a love for cars in teenage years, when nearing the age to be able to drive. Others may just be mechanically inclined and always been hands-on and curious about how engines work.

If you see yourself in any or all of these examples, you're probably meant for a career in the automotive repair industry. Entering a career as a mechanic means a guaranteed future of steady work. Slumps in the economy can affect consumers buying new cars, but vehicles will always require maintenance and repair.

While a love for cars and hands-on work are great reasons to become a mechanic, there is also the fact that you will be entering an industry employing over 570,000 people and promising a salary upwards of £30,000 per year, once fully qualified.

What makes Motor Vehicle at HRC special?

1. We have invested in our workshops and equipment to ensure our facilities are the best possible
2. Our programmes build the skills you need to have in the workplace with industry recognised qualifications
3. Industry trained and experienced lecturers will nurture your ambition and share their expertise with you.

What do our students say?

"I really enjoy the course and can't wait to learn more."
"I really like my tutor, he is an awesome teacher and teaches us to a good standard."

Career Destinations

We're proud that our students go onto careers including:

  • Motor Vehicle Technicians
  • Tyre Fitters
  • MOT Testers (after further training)
  • Parts Advisor/Sales

What can I do next?

After you have successfully completed this course, you can choose to:

  • Enter into employment in the Motor Vehicle industry
  • Undertake an Apprenticeship within the Motor Vehicle Industry
  • Progress to the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) Diploma at Level 3.

What will I be doing?

We will help you learn a wide range of skills that will support you to work in the Motor Vehicle industry, including:

  • Health and Safety in the Workplace
  • Locating, Interpreting and Using Technical Information
  • Routine Light Vehicle Maintenance
  • Removing and Replacing Light Vehicle Transmission and Driveline Units and Components
  • Light Vehicle Engine Mechanical, Lubrication and Cooling System Units and Components

This is a one-year programme of vehicle theory and practical work that aims to provide training in the skills needed to progress into the Motor Vehicle industry or to the IMI Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance Level 3.

Added Extras

There are lots of perks to this course:

  • You will get the chance to experience the industry first hand through a work placement with a local employer
  • You can work with fellow students on projects and activities relating to the industry
  • You can enjoy relevant trips, visits and meet guest speakers and employers.

How will I be assessed?

Technical knowledge is assessed by on-line multiple-choice tests and an e-portfolio relating to practical projects.

Practical competence is assessed by the production of a portfolio of practical tasks carried out under direct observation in the workshop.

Entry requirements

  • To apply for this course you will need:
  • You will have successfully completed Light Vehicle Maintenance - Level 1 IMI Diploma
  • A minimum of GSCE Grade 3/D or Entry 1 Functional Skills in both English and maths) and be able to demonstrate literacy skills at GCSE level.
  • Continue to demonstrate a keen interest in the motor trade through interview
  • We also welcome applications from students with relevant experience of qualifications.
  • If you would like help understanding our entry requirements, give our Information Team a call on 01992 411411.

What do I need to bring?

You must provide your own steel toecap boots. You will be given details on where to purchase our workshop uniform at information events and on enrolment. Should you require further details where these can be bought, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You may be asked to buy a recommended text book during your course; details of this will be provided by your assigned tutor.

If you think you would benefit from financial support we have bursary options available for those who meet the criteria. Please note, this funding is not guaranteed and is subject to availability at the time of application.

If you would like financial support, contact our Information Team on 01992 411411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fee Information

Free to those under 19 on 31st August 2021.

If you are 19 or over on 31st August 2021, have been a permanent resident in the EU for the last 3 years and are a fee paying new entrant you will pay approx. £2000 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approx. £5500 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the fees for 2020/21 and could be subject to change for 2021/22).

Fee paying students continuing on the same course for a second year will be charged £2000 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approx. £3500 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the fees for 2020/21 and could be subject to change for 2021/22).

If you are aged 19-23 you may also be entitled to free training if the course you choose is your first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification. You may also be required to pay an administration fee, exam fees, kit fee and an Awarding Body Registration fee if applicable.

For these costs please contact our Information Centre on 01992 411411 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

These fees are indicative of the 2021-22 costs and may be subject to change

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