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  • Start date:   August 2024
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 5
  • Course Type:   Full-time


Please be aware that this course in now full and has moved to its reserved list.

This course introduces automotive engineering to those who are planning a career in the motor vehicle industry.

Start date – Aug 2024

End date –  Jun 2025

SCQF Level -  4/5

Mode – Full time

Duration: 10 months

The motor vehicle industry is developing at a fast rate and, as vehicles become increasingly technical, so do the skills and knowledge needed to service and maintain them.

You will develop practical skills in a workshop environment, and learn theory and principles in the classroom.

Zoe Laverie is studying VRQ1 Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair at West Lothian College, and she talks about her experience on the course. Further to Zoe's studies, she is going on to be the first female Mechanic Apprentice for Peoples Ford in Scotland.

  • What this course includes

    The course includes:

    • General mechanics, including braking systems, engine, suspension, oils, lubricants, maintenance and servicing
    • Awareness and safe practice when working with Electric and Hybrid vehicles
    • Health and safety
    • Communication, information technology, problem solving, team-working and numeracy
    • Work experience, placements, visits to industry and visits from experts

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. 

Part of the course will also give you the opportunity to meet with local employers, either as part of a visit to garages, or when employers come to the college. 

Entry requirements

  • You should have National 4 mathematics, English and a science subject or a relevant technical subject
  • Practical experience is preferred but not essential

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

  • Where it leads

    Education: You can progress on to the VRQ2 course or on to an apprenticeship

    Employment: Entry-level positions within motor vehicle/engineering organisations or mechanic workshops; development opportunities for light vehicle maintenance or in fast-fit organisations with previous students finding employment with Arnold Clark, Western Commercial and many privately run garages.


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 and 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.