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

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 to start in 2023/24.

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Location Date
Jesse Boot Avenue
Science Park
University Boulevard

Start: Monday 4th September 2023

Course code: C026917 / Q026918


Automotive Engineer Level 1 College Certificate


1 year

Level Level 1
Entry requirements

You will need 4 GCSEs with minimum grade 3 in both Maths and English Language.

Teaching & assessment

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.

Additional information

Students aged 16-18 don't have to pay tuition fees.

If you are aged 19 or over you may still be eligible for funding. Check out our Financial Help pages to find out more!

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss National, please visit our EU Settled Status scheme page for more information.