Overview of the course
Our full-time study programmes are designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study.
Skilled motor vehicle experts are always in high demand, and taking one of our motor vehicle courses could be your first step into this dynamic industry.
If you are interested in learning about the maintenance of motor vehicles and the various roles that are available in the car service and repair industry, then this course is ideal for you.
Learning in our £4.3 million STEM Centre with industry- standard equipment and high-spec diagnostic tools, you could soon find yourself moving into employment in breakdown services, MOT testing or even renovating classic cars.
Work experience is also an integral part of our study programmes, enabling you to gain essential exposure to the world of work.
What you'll learn
Course content will include:
• Foundation Skills
• Vehicle Construction & Routine Maintenance
• Operating Principles of Tyres, Brakes, Steering & Suspension Systems
• Operating Principles of Engines
• Operating Principles & Maintenance of Transmission Systems
• Operating Principles of Electrical & Electronic systems
You will have the opportunity to complete work experience during the course. Many of our learners are offered a permanent position at the end of their placement, and around 15 of this year’s learners gained some kind of employment through exposure to the industry.
If required for your chosen career or HE course, you may wish to study English & maths to Level 3.
Elements of Study
Your programme consists of the following elements:
• Study of your chosen vocational subject (50% of your programme)
• English and maths (continued until the achievement of GCSE grade 4 (C) or equivalent)
• Employability skills (e.g. punctuality, attendance, communication and team work)
• Work experience (giving you a taste of working life)
• Tutorial & personal development (e.g. healthy living, volunteering and citizenship skills).
There are no formal entry requirements; however we do ask for a satisfactory school report, an internal assessment grade of a minimum Level 1.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is by portfolio-building, with 50% weighting on practical assessments, formal assignments and online testing.
Supporting your learning and wellbeing
We want you to enjoy every minute of College, both in the classroom and out of it, so we have a range
of dedicated support and wellbeing services. These include FREE travel; FREE breakfast; dedicated Learning Development Mentors; impartial advice and guidance; dedicated one-to-one support for learners with additional needs; and support with the cost of College, plus much more.
After you have completed the course you could remain in College and progress on to a full-time Level 2 Motor Vehicle course.
Alternatively, if you choose to look for paid work you could opt for a Motor Vehicle Apprenticeship and work as a Motor Vehicle Apprentice.
Check out opportunities at the University of Bolton by visiting www.bolton.ac.uk
Following further study you could work as:
• A Motor Vehicle Technician where you could earn between £15,000 and £20,000 a year, depending on experience.
• A Vehicle Body Repairer, earning an average wage of around £26,000 per year.
• A Mechanic, earning between £18,000 and £35,000 a year.
We want to give you a positive experience at College and a rounded view of the industry you could one day be working in. So, during your time at College, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities.
As part of our Pre-Professionals Programme, you’ll have your own personal Learning Development Mentor and Careers Coach. They’ll help you to manage your studies, oversee your progress and aid in your personal development.
You’ll also benefit from quality work experience and industry placements, ensuring that you’re ready for the world of work.
You could also benefit from getting involved in volunteering opportunities, both locally and abroad, and youth social action projects, perfect for enhancing your CV.
Gifted and Talented Programme
If you’re a potentially high-achieving learner, capable of exceeding your targets, we will stretch and challenge you by providing the opportunity for you to study additional qualifications, with support in place to complement your study programme experience.
Why choose us?
We’re part of the University of Bolton Group, which means you’ll benefit from all that the University has
to offer, including world-class facilities and access to industry experts.
Throughout your time at College, we’ll reward your achievements, with trips to The Anderton Outdoor Activity Centre, the University’s outdoor pursuits centre, and so much more. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply for the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award.
In our last Ofsted inspection, we were graded ‘Good’.
Our £75 million campus offers:
• A newly refurbished fitness suite and sports hall
• Apple Mac suites
• A theatre and dance studios
• A café selling Costa coffee
• The Academy Hair & Beauty Salon
• Signature restaurant
We also have a wide range of events throughout the year, including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations.
How to apply?
Submit an application online by visiting www.boltoncollege.ac.uk/yp-application
Discover what Bolton College has to offer by attending one of our Open Events:
• Thursday 17th October 2019, 5.30pm-8pm
• Wednesday 20th November 2019, 5.30pm-8pm
• Tuesday 4th February 2020, 5.30pm-8pm
• Futures4Me Event - Monday 7th October 2019, 3.30pm-7pm
Every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within these course information sheets was accurate at the time of publishing.
Bolton College is constantly evaluating its services to meet the needs of learners; therefore programmes/courses/Apprenticeships, resources and facilities may be subject to change without prior notice.