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Automotive Engineering (Level 1 College Certificate) - Full-time

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Course outline

This course is perfect if you’re interested in how things work but aren’t sure if you’d prefer a career in the engineering or motor vehicle industries. You’ll learn practical and hands-on skills to help you work towards taking future courses in either engineering or motor vehicle subjects.

You can expect to gain a broad range of introductory practical skills using industry-standard technology in our dedicated engineering workshops. You’ll learn the basics of both engineering and motor vehicle maintenance to help you choose what suits you best.

Units include:

  • Automotive/engineering health and safety
  • Automotive/engineering tools, equipment and materials
  • Engine systems, components and operation
  • Engine cooling and lubrication systems
  • Steering and suspension systems
  • Vehicle braking systems
  • Routine vehicle maintenance
  • Wheels and tyres
  • Exhaust systems
  • Basic electrical systems
  • MIG welding
  • TIG welding
  • Sheet metal and fabrication

The Automotive element of this course is held at London Road and Engineering at Highfields, so you will be studying across both campuses throughout the week.

How to apply for this course

Apply online now for 2021/22.

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Location Date
Jesse Boot Avenue
Science Park
University Boulevard

Start: 6th September 2021

Course code: C026917 / Q026918


Automotive Engineer Level 1 College Certificate


1 year

Level Level 1
Entry requirements

You’ll need 4 GCSEs at grades 4–2 (C–E), including English Language and Maths at grades 4–2 (C–E) or a relevant Entry 3 vocational qualification, and you will also be asked to sit an initial assessment. The initial assessment must show that you are ready to study English and maths at Level 1 and that you have logical thinking skills. If your results are lower than this, don't worry, we'll find the right course for you.


Each unit will be assessed on a Pass/Merit/Distinction basis.


Choose to follow with a full-time Level 2 course such as our Level 2 Engineering, Light Vehicle Maintenance, or Motorcycle Maintenance courses. Alternatively, you could apply for a relevant Level 2 apprenticeship.

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