Motor Vehicle


If you’re driven by a love of cars, vans, trucks and motorcycles, then a career in the automotive industry may be top of your list.

There are 35 million registered motor vehicles in the UK, so career opportunities come thick and fast in every town and city across the country. Not only that, the UK is home to manufacturing giants like Vauxhall and Land Rover, premium worldclass brands such as Jaguar, Aston Martin and Rolls Royce, and a host of Formula One teams.

The retail automotive sector employs over 500,000 people with a turnover of a massive £146 billion per year!

Working in automotive involves manufacturing and maintaining vehicles such as cars, buses, and motorcycles. The sector is fast-changing, as it is required to develop with the latest technology, so students will need to be innovative with their approach to solving mechanical problems.

So whether you’re looking to take up a role with a major manufacturer or start your career at a local garage or national dealership, you’ll have your pick of the best careers by the time you complete your study programme with us.

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We've bundled the best education in the area with career boosted benefits - and are leveraging our contacts as one of the largest Colleges in the country to give you the best possible chance of success.

Weston College works closely with employers from the automotive sector who are always looking for talented and skilled young people to work as mechanics, technicians and fitters.

We work with a range of employer partners and have a number of industry accreditations. These are all important factors in ensuring your study programme with us makes you job-ready. These include: Carbase, Halfords, Institute of the Motor Industry, ADT, Howards Motor Group, Mill Auto and more ...

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Level 1

Motor Vehicle, IMI Diploma

1 Year
Sep 2024
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This qualification is perfect for you if you’re looking for a way to break into the motor industry. The Level 1 Motor Vehicle Diploma provides a general introduction and solid foundation for individuals who are passionate about pursuing a career in automotive engineering. Through a combination of classroom instruction and practical workshops...

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Level 2

Autocare Technician, Apprenticeship

30 Months
Aug 2024
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The Autocare Technician apprenticeship is an ideal choice for anyone who is passionate about the automotive industry and has a keen interest in vehicle maintenance and repair. This exciting programme combines theoretical knowledge with practical hands-on training, equipping you with the skills and expertise needed to excel as an autocare techn...

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Level 2

Motor Vehicle, IMI Diploma

1 Year
Sep 2024
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The Level 2 Motor Vehicle Diploma offers an advanced pathway for individuals looking to expand their knowledge and skills in the automotive industry. This comprehensive programme builds upon the foundation established in Level 1 and provides students with a deeper understanding of motor vehicle maintenance and repair. Through a combination o...

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Level 3

Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician, Apprenticeship

36 Months
Aug 2024
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This apprenticeship offers a hands-on pathway for individuals who are passionate about working with vehicles and want to improve their practical expertise. This programme will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to diagnose, repair, and maintain a wide range of vehicles. Throughout the apprenticeship, you will learn essential tasks...

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Level 3

Motor Vehicle, IMI Diploma

1 Year
Sep 2024
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The Level 3 Motor Vehicle Diploma Level offers an advanced and specialised pathway for individuals seeking to enhance their expertise and excel in the automotive industry. This comprehensive programme builds upon the knowledge and skills acquired in Level 2, delving deeper into complex motor vehicle systems, diagnostics, and advanced repair te...

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The South West Skills Campus offers a state-of-the-art automotive training centre with facilities including:

  • Three large industry-standard training garages
  • MOT testing centre
  • Extensive fleet of high-quality training vehicles including BMWs, Mercedes and Jaguars
  • Green car technologies including our own electric vehicle
  • Dedicated motorsport environment
  • IMI-approved centre
  • Virtual reality training
  • E-learning suites.

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Everyone at Weston College is so encouraging. My tutors have been amazing, the technicians have been really helpful, and the welfare team has supported me in overcoming any challenges I have had. I feel ready and prepared to start my apprenticeship and take the next step to becoming a fully qualified mechanic and running my own garage - it honestly looks like so much fun!

Motor Vehicle Diploma

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Once Rob started the Level 3 Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair, it became evident very quickly that he wished to gain as much knowledge as possible to allow him to advance and achieve his goal.

Vehicle Maintenance and Repair, Level 3


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<p>Weston College's Automotive Careers Excellence Hub recently hosted Block Automotive for an engaging workshop. Lee Trussler showcased a cutting-edge Hydrogen Fuel Cell Training vehicle, inspiring both staff and students alike.</p><p>Lee showcased their innovative Hydrogen Fuel Cell Training vehicle, modeled after the renowned Toyota Mirai. This demonstration not only provided an invaluable learning experience for Automotive and Engineering staff but also offered an exciting glimpse into essential green technology for learners.</p><p>Block Automotive has over 40 years of manufacturing experience and is the market leader in innovation and design providing automotive, HGV, and agricultural vocational training equipment.</p><p>The collaboration between Weston College and Block Automotive highlights a commitment to staying at the forefront of automotive education and sustainable technology. By introducing this cutting-edge training vehicle, Weston College aims to equip its staff and students with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the rapidly evolving automotive industry.</p><p>This demonstration not only served as a professional development opportunity for staff but also provided learners with firsthand exposure to eco-friendly automotive technologies. As the world shifts towards greener solutions, Weston College remains committed to preparing its students for the future of the automotive industry.</p><p>Chris Priest the Subject Area Manager for Automotive at Weston College, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, "Welcoming Lee Trussler and the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Training vehicle to Weston College is an exciting milestone for our Automotive Department. This demonstration aligns with our mission to provide cutting-edge education that prepares our students for success in a rapidly changing world."</p><p>Justin Lavery, Finance Director at Block Automotive, added: "Lee Trussler, National Sales Manager for Block Automotive Limited travelled to Weston College last week to provide a full demonstrate our new Hydrogen trainer to Weston College. "Weston College’s team made Lee feel very welcome, the level interest and excitement was marvellous. The demonstration allowed learners to inspect the training rig exacting parallels between education and Industry through the provision of cutting edge education in the Hydrogen and Electric Vehicle space. "We are very grateful to be working with Weston College and are excited to be contributing to the further evolution of their Automotive Department. Our thanks to Chris Priest, Ross Hawkins and their TEAM for hosting us at their amazing premises in Weston-Super-Mare." &nbsp;</p><p>This workshop forms part of the Automotive Careers Excellence Hub. The College has fourteen sector-specific Career Excellence Hubs, which evidence our dedication to supporting both employers and learners in achieving their future goals. By creating a seamless connection between industry and education, we enable learners to acquire not only the essential skills and knowledge but also the professional networks necessary to excel in their chosen fields.</p><p><a href="… see more about our Automotive courses, click here</a>.</p>

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<p>Weston College Automotive students received a generous donation from Avon &amp; Somerset Police this week when they contributed three Vauxhall car engines. The donated engines are set to enhance the hands-on learning experience for our automotive students, providing them with valuable opportunities for skill development and practical application.</p><p>As the engines had reached the end of their fleet life, rather than allowing them to go to waste, Avon &amp; Somerset Police decided to donate them to the education of our future automotive professionals.</p><p>The hands-on aspect of our Automotive courses is fundamental to developing well-rounded and skilled automotive professionals. With the addition of these engines, students will have a further opportunity to work with real-world equipment, gaining practical knowledge that goes beyond traditional classroom learning. The engines will be integrated into the curriculum, allowing students to apply theoretical concepts to actual engine repairs and maintenance tasks.</p><p>A massive thank you goes to Avon &amp; Somerset Police for their thoughtful contribution, which will undoubtedly have an impact on the education and future careers of our Automotive students.</p><p>As we celebrate this contribution, we also extend an invitation to other potential donors or supporters who may wish to contribute in similar ways. Whether it be spare parts, equipment, or industry expertise, we welcome partnerships that enrich the educational experience of our students and prepare them for successful careers. For any enquiries regarding donations or partnerships, please contact Louise Greene at</p><p>For those interested in exploring Automotive courses at Weston College, please visit <a href="… Vehicle | Weston College</a></p>

Motor vehicle learners exploring Mercedes-Benz showroom

<p>Weston College's Automotive learners were given a fantastic opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of luxury automobiles during an unforgettable visit to Career Excellence Hub Partner, Mercedes-Benz, Weston-super-Mare dealership.</p><p>The amazing trip allowed learners to explore the garages and engage in enlightening conversations with managers, salesmen, and mechanics.</p><p>The excursion was part of Weston College's commitment to providing its students with hands-on experiences that enhance their learning and career prospects. By collaborating with renowned industry leaders like Mercedes-Benz, the college aims to expose its learners to real-world scenarios and foster a deeper understanding of the automotive industry.</p><p>During their visit, the motor vehicle learners were welcomed onto the bustling shop floor of the Mercedes-Benz dealership, where they witnessed firsthand the meticulous craftsmanship that goes into creating each iconic vehicle. From the sleek exteriors to the state-of-the-art technology embedded within, the learners gained invaluable insights into the manufacturing process and the attention to detail that distinguishes Mercedes-Benz from its competitors.</p><p>In addition to observing the shop floor operations, the learners had the opportunity to engage in in-depth conversations with the dealership's knowledgeable managers, salesmen, and mechanics. These industry professionals generously shared their expertise, offering practical advice and shedding light on the various career pathways available within the automotive sector.</p><p>Learners eagerly absorbed the wealth of information, asking insightful questions and gaining a clearer perspective on the skills and attributes required to thrive in this fast-paced industry.</p><p>Chris Priest, the Subject Area Manager for Automotive at Weston College, expressed his enthusiasm for the visit, saying: "We are incredibly grateful to Mercedes-Benz for welcoming our learners and providing them with such an extraordinary learning experience."</p><p>“Engaging with industry professionals and witnessing the inner workings of a prestigious dealership has undoubtedly broadened their horizons and ignited their passion for pursuing careers in the automotive field."</p><p><a href="… out more about Weston College’s Automotive courses, by clicking here.</a></p>

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