If you are looking for a Motor Vehicle Maintenance course in the Southampton area, our courses are an ideal stepping stone into a job as a mechanic. You can learn the skills that most garages are looking for. Delivered in our fully-equipped motor vehicle service unit, we’ll take you through the basics of vehicle maintenance, help you improve your knowledge of components and part fitting, and give you plenty of hands on experience. Our apprenticeship is for people who are looking for work in garages and the motor vehicle industry. You can gain skills in a wide range of areas, including vehicle maintenance, components and part fitting.

~ Includes work experience ~ Apprenticeships delivered externally ~

Age groups

14+, 16-18, 19+

What options can I choose?

CourseLevelQualificationAwarding body
CourseLevelQualificationAwarding body
Light Vehicle Maintenance and RepairIntermediate, AdvancedApprenticeship
Light Vehicle Maintenance1, 2, 3Diploma


What will I learn?

  • The functions and components of vehicles, including engines, chassis, transmissions, basic electrical systems
  • Health and safety around vehicles and on the road
  • Removal and fitting of parts
  • Basic checks leading to advanced diagnostics

What qualification will I have?

You’ll have a diploma.

How do I complete the course?

You’ll be assessed through visual observation, questioning techniques, an online test and assignments.

What can I do next?

With your qualification, you can apply for a job as a:

  • mechanic
  • tyre fitter
  • roadside assistance mechanic

Alternatively you can learn a related course at a higher level or apply for an apprenticeship in a related work area.


What will I learn?

You will learn all the skills necessary to get a job in a garage or vehicle centre, as a mechanic or engineer. You will also develop your English, Maths and employability skills, as these are critical in moving into work.

  • safe manual handling
  • health and safety in the workplace
  • mechanical parts handling and fitting
  • testing
  • English and maths qualifications

Much of the training will be undertaken on the job, supported by regular visits from a qualified assessor. This is a 12-18 month programme, with apprentices only attending college should they require Functional Skills (Maths, English & IT). The apprentice will then be assessed within the workplace every 4-6 weeks. Initial assessments will establish the current level of Functional Skills ability as well as identify any additional learning support to ensure each apprentice has the best opportunity to succeed.

What qualification will I have?

Depending on which course you take, you’ll have an award, a certificate or a diploma.

How do I complete the course?

The course will be achieved on the successful completion of the apprenticeship and the appropriate additional qualifications. Your employer will set out clear objectives, timescales and expectations with you.

12-18 month programme. The apprentice will be assessed in the workplace every 4-6 weeks.

After a first assessment, apprentices attend college if they require Functional Skills (Maths, English & IT).

What can I do next?

  • mechanic
  • garage assistant
  • tester

On completion of the course, we will support you with your progression into a permanent job in your chosen industry area. The employer will also give you a reference that aids this and shows your new employer that you hold the required skills.

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