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


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>

Motor Mechanic using wrench working on car

<p>The automotive industry is a vast and exciting field that offers numerous opportunities for individuals who are passionate about cars and have the drive to succeed.</p><p>Five lucky students, from Weston College’s Automotive Career Excellence Hub, have been given the opportunity to gain paid work experience with Weston based company, ATS Euromaster.</p><p>ATS Euromaster offer a wide range of services, to help customers keep their car in peak, roadworthy condition.</p><p>The learners, who are studying Level 2 and Level 3 Motor Vehicle courses, have been impressing throughout staff at Weston College, throughout their studies.</p><p>Subject Area Manager for Automotive at Weston College, Chris Priest, said: “At Weston College we specialise in creating careers, not courses, and this will give our learners superb experience.</p><p>“Our learners are really excited to apply their knowledge that they have gained in their studies to real-world situations and gain practical experience that will help them in their future careers.”</p><p><a href="… you would like to find out more information about Automotive courses at Weston College, you can click here.</a></p>

Luke Merchant Worldskills winner now working for Mercedes

<p lang="EN-GB" paraeid="{3a859296-bbd8-47a1-8827-479f742450cc}{123}" paraid="2098962334" xml:lang="EN-GB">Level 3 Automotive apprentice Luke Merchant has been recognised with an award from&nbsp;the Institute of Motors Industry</p><p lang="EN-GB" paraeid="{3a859296-bbd8-47a1-8827-479f742450cc}{123}" paraid="2098962334" xml:lang="EN-GB">(IMI) for his outstanding success as&nbsp;a WorldSkills Silver Medallist as he now accelerates into his career working as a Vehicle Technician with Mercedes!&nbsp;</p><drupal-entity alt="&quot;Luke Merchant motor vehicle apprentice with award&quot;" data-align="right" data-langcode="en" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="97bf7b57-b25b-4007-85e7-a0942fa7e855" data-embed-button="file_browser" data-entity-embed-display="image:image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="{&quot;image_style&quot;:&quot;max_500x500&quot;,&quot;image_link&quot;:&quot;&quot;}">&nbsp;</drupal-entity><p lang="EN-GB" paraeid="{9b187397-97b1-478e-8532-22a485128119}{72}" paraid="1208974252" xml:lang="EN-GB">WorldSkills UK&nbsp;is an independent charity that works with employers, education, and governments, supporting young people across the world via competitions-based training, testing their ability to achieve world-class standards in the biennial ‘skills Olympics’.&nbsp;Over 3,000&nbsp;learners&nbsp;registered to take part in the UK-wide competitions in&nbsp;March 2021. Luke was awarded the prestigious silver medal at the 2021 automotive technologies finals where he has to compete as one of the&nbsp;top learners in the country.&nbsp;</p><p lang="EN-GB" paraeid="{b5bfa74a-dd01-4c35-8cb9-6d397b51fbf2}{147}" paraid="632116090" xml:lang="EN-GB">After Luke finished his apprenticeship, he then went on to work as a Vehicle Technician at Mercedes Benz, Weston-Super-Mare&nbsp;where he continues his career in automotive technology.&nbsp;</p><p lang="EN-GB" paraeid="{b5bfa74a-dd01-4c35-8cb9-6d397b51fbf2}{232}" paraid="1715772793" xml:lang="EN-GB">Luke states:&nbsp;"Working for Mercedes has been great so far. I am really enjoying getting to know all their systems and processes.&nbsp;</p><p lang="EN-GB" paraeid="{b5bfa74a-dd01-4c35-8cb9-6d397b51fbf2}{105}" paraid="482070947" xml:lang="EN-GB">“Winning the silver medal at WorldSkills and my time at Weston College has helped me massively. I'm now more confident in myself and always trying my best to develop and grow my skills."&nbsp;</p><p lang="EN-GB" paraeid="{15eef8b7-d2b9-4f3a-9638-0414344bb4d4}{80}" paraid="2092104593" xml:lang="EN-GB">Steve Harvey, Head of Business at&nbsp;Mercedes Sytner comments: "Since joining the team here at Mercedes Benz W-s-M, Luke has been doing a fantastic job!&nbsp;</p><p lang="EN-GB" paraeid="{229a9fec-0eed-4076-ac0c-e3c9582474b4}{102}" paraid="1159978829" xml:lang="EN-GB">Firstly, working alongside an experienced Mercedes-Benz technician, so he could understand how the workshop work flows, regarding health and safety, use of the diagnostic equipment and of course meeting the rest of the team. Luke has also got involved with looking at all process’s which are involved when working on our customers cars.”&nbsp;</p><p lang="EN-GB" paraeid="{15eef8b7-d2b9-4f3a-9638-0414344bb4d4}{136}" paraid="654450139" xml:lang="EN-GB">Steve continues: "Luke is now working on his own, and we are really pleased with the progress he is making. At present with all the new product coming through from new electric to diesel and petrol and of course the awesome AMG range, it is an exciting time to be joining Mercedes-Benz and the Sytner Group!&nbsp;</p><p lang="EN-GB" paraeid="{85bb760a-469c-44e0-94a9-1b461a6001a1}{194}" paraid="972418085" xml:lang="EN-GB">Some of the electric cars which will be coming through are outstanding and have the latest high-tech equipment, safety, and performance packages available, for example the new EQS with the hyper screen.”&nbsp;</p><p lang="EN-GB" paraeid="{15eef8b7-d2b9-4f3a-9638-0414344bb4d4}{164}" paraid="975241476" xml:lang="EN-GB">“Luke will now be able to have the full training on these types of vehicles, it is definitely a great time to join our team of very skilled technicians. We will certainly be looking for more aspiring talent to join our team. Luke is an example of what can happen with a tremendous attitude and drive to further his potential during and after completing his NVQ3."&nbsp;</p><p lang="EN-GB" paraeid="{7c81eb9c-5810-4ffa-88f2-cf011e6eb9ce}{245}" paraid="1882477818" xml:lang="EN-GB">Weston College’s involvement with WorldSkills&nbsp;is just one&nbsp;of the&nbsp;exclusive&nbsp;opportunities available&nbsp;to learners&nbsp;through their&nbsp;newly launched&nbsp;Career Excellence Hubs. At the College, each subject area forms its own specific Career Excellence Hub, endorsed by relevant sector employers which help to create a study programme with lots of career boosting benefits,&nbsp;which include&nbsp;WorldSkills competing opportunities.&nbsp;</p><p lang="EN-GB" paraeid="{b34342ef-d8d5-49a8-a368-66df3e6737c7}{152}" paraid="661974729" xml:lang="EN-GB">Congratulations Luke! &nbsp;</p>

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