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  • Start date:   August 2024
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 4
  • Course Type:   Short Full-time


Please be aware this course is now full. If you apply, you will receive a course full email and if place was to become available we would be in contact but we cannot guarantee this. Some courses still have availability- please check the website for update information on course availability.


This course is an introduction to the automotive industry which is delivered over 18 weeks- between August and January 2025, with the potential to do an additional 18 week course, following the outcome of their assessments.

Start date – Aug 2024

End date –  Jun 2025

SCQF Level -  4

Mode – Short Full Time

Duration: 5/10 months (depending on success of the first 18 week block)

Based mostly within the motor vehicle workshop- this course gives school leavers the opportunity to get an insight into the sector before choosing further study or an apprenticeship, and it provides an excellent introduction to a career in automotive engineering, teaching you the practical skills needed to progress to further study in the area. 

  • What the course includes

    You will develop practical skills in a motor vehicle workshop environment, and although most of the time will be spent on practical activities, you will also learn the principles in the classroom.

    • Engine lubrication and cooling
    • Fuel and exhaust systems
    • Electrical systems
    • Braking systems
    • Steering and suspension
    • Wheels and tyres
    • General vehicle mechanics

Why choose this course

Delivered in a working motor vehicle environment, you will get access to new technologies and a range of different vehicles to practice on. You will learn from experts in the field of motor vehicle, all who have experience working in commercial garages. 


Entry requirements

  • You should have National 3 Mathematics, English and a Science subject or a relevant technical subject
  • Any relevant experience will help your application
  • A desire to work in the automotive environment

If English is not your first language, ESOL Level 5 is an entry requirement for this course.

  • Where it leads

    Education: Further study within the industry or related fields, including the light vehicle maintenance repair programme at the college 

    Employment: An apprenticeship within the automotive industry 

Interview arrangements

If you are invited for interview you will be required to undertake a short practical skills test and group interview.

This interview may be conducted by phone or online.

Fees, Finance & Funding

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds. Click here to find out more

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Take that next step in your career and apply for this course today. If the course is not yet open for applications, feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.