Entry requirements for our courses depend on the specific requirements of each Programme of Study and an individual's previous experience, which will
all be discussed during the interview process.
The following list offers a guide as to what you might be expected to achieve to gain entry on to a particular level of a course.
Entry Level 3 Programmes
No formal entry qualifications but subject to approval from theF oundation Learning Assessment Team.
Level 1 Programmes
GCSEs grade E to G or equivalent, including Foundation Awards and Entry Level Certificates.
Level 2 Programmes
Minimum of 4 GCSEs grade D or above including Maths and English language OR Minimum of 4 GCSEs grade D or above including Maths and English language and relevant subject qualification OR Minimum of Level 1 course in chosen subject at merit or above and English language and Maths at Level 1.
Level 3 Programmes
Minimum of 5 GCSEs grade C or above including Maths and English language OR Minimum of 5 GCSEs grade C or above including Maths and English language and relevant
subject qualification OR Minimum of Level 2 course in chosen subject at merit or above and English language and Maths at level 2.
Level 3/4 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
This programme requires a minimum of 1 A Level (or equivalent) and 3 GCSEs, that includes English and Maths, at Grade C or above. You will also be asked to produce a portfolio of work.
Progressing to each level of study
Once you successfully completed your course you may be able to progress to the next level, following a satisfactory interview with a Tutor. If you’ve finished your Level 3 course
you will be offered advice and guidance from our Career Advisers on how to apply for a place at University through UCAS, or how to apply for a job or an Apprenticeship.
Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2 courses generally last one year; Level 3 courses will usually last for two years.
The great aim of education is not knowledge but action. Herbert Spencer
Do you live and breathe cars? Are motor vehicles your passion? With over 34 million cars on our road today; the demand for repairing and maintaining motor vehicles in today’s modern world is, and continues to be high. 42% of vacancies are hard to fill due to skills shortages and the industry shows no sign of slowing with a predicted growth of 3% until at least 2022 in our region which means companies are continually looking for people with the right qualifications and experience.
Our workshops are kitted out with everything you would find in a professional garage including the latest diagnostic equipment in our autotronics centre. You’ll have a variety of vehicles to work on including Hybrid and full electric vehicles, a vintage 1980s Rolls Royce Silver Spirit and a range of regular vehicles.
Outside of the workshop we have trips during the year include Birmingham NEC and industry related shows and employer visits to organisations such as Mintex and Halfords.
The course is hands on and practical from day one. While working on the different cars in the garage you will get the skills to remove and replace various vehicle systems including tyres, brakes and suspensions as well as learning the principles of engines and electrical systems. Other areas covered include chassis and frame, engines, transmissions and vehicle servicing.
You could study at one of many universities across the UK that offer higher education courses that specialise in areas such as Automotive Engineering or Motorsport.
If you wanted to get straight into the work place we offer Apprenticeship pathways in Motor Vehicle. Why not visit the Apprenticeship website to find out more.
Motor Vehicle is a practical course working on the cars in the workshop giving learners the skills to remove and replace various vehicle systems including tyres, brakes and suspension as well as the principles of engines and electrical systems.
Further study will involve the chassis and frame, engines, transmissions and vehicle servicing. Work related activity is available for all learners.
“It’s always stereotyped that Motor Vehicle is a man’s job. But I think more people are becoming lenient when it comes to realising that women can do everything that men can do. Women are proving that they can do so much more than just being at home in the kitchen.”.