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Motor Vehicle Technology BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 at Bolton College

Course description

Our full-time study programmes are designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study.

Skilled motor vehicle experts are always in high demand, and taking one of our motor vehicle courses could be your first step into this vital industry.

The motor vehicle department at Bolton College is kitted out with industry-standard equipment and high-spec diagnostic tools, and is led by tutors with years of industry experience.

With all of this equipment and experience to hand, you could soon find yourself moving into employment in breakdown services, MOT testing or even renovating classic cars.

Course content

What you'll learn:

There are four practical and dynamic mandatory units:

  • Operation of Vehicle Chassis Systems
  • Vehicle Engine Principles, Operation, Service & Repair
  • Vehicle System Fault Diagnosis & Rectification
  • Vehicle Project

In addition, optional units include:

  • Vehicle Electrical Charging & Starting Systems
  • Heavy Vehicle Steering & Suspension Systems, Wheels & Tyres
  • Operation & Testing of Vehicle Electronic Ignition Systems
  • Heavy Vehicle Braking Systems


We encourage English & maths study to Level 3 if required for your chosen HE course or career.

You will have the opportunity to complete work experience during the course. Many of our learners are offered a permanent position at the end of their placement, and around 15 of this year’s learners gained some kind of employment through exposure to the industry.  


Elements of study

Your programme consists of the following elements:

  • Study of your chosen vocational subject (50% of your programme)
  • English and maths (continued until the achievement of GCSE grade C or equivalent)
  • Employability skills (e.g. punctuality, attendance, communication and team work)
  • Work experience (giving you a taste of working life)
  • Tutorial & personal development (e.g. healthy living, volunteering and citizenship skills)



Entry requirements

We ask that you have four GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths, English and Science.


You will be continually assessed throughout the year; there will be no exams.

Financial information

Government-funded Further Education courses are usually free if you are aged 16-18 and are a British or European Union resident.  Financial help is available for some students, whose families are on a low income. If you’re worried about the cost of going to College, why not pop in for a friendly chat with our Student Services team?

For any financial queries or information about available bursaries, feel free to contact Student Services at Deane Road by calling 01204 482 181/195 and asking for a member of the Student Finance Team; or alternatively, come by and see us – we’re here to help!

Future opportunities

After you have completed the course you could progress on to a higher education course at college or university, or explore the possibility of doing a Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4).

Following further study you could work as a Motor Vehicle Breakdown Engineer where you could earn between £20,000 and £30,000 a year, depending on experience. 



Further information

College Facilities:

Our £75 million campus offers:

  • State-of-the-art Motor Vehicle/STEM facilities
  • Wella-approved hair salons
  • A fitness suite and sports hall
  • Apple Mac suites
  • Libraries
  • A theatre and dance studios
  • A café selling Costa coffee

Why not come and check it out? The best way to discover what Bolton College can do for you is by attending one of our School Leavers’ Events at our Deane Road campus on any of these dates:

Tuesday 15th November 2016

Tuesday 24th January 2017



Support with your Studies:

Here at Bolton College, we want to help all of our students to succeed with their studies, so feel free to call on personal tutors or student mentors whenever you require assistance with any aspect of your learning. For a friendly chat, call Student Support on 01204 482 669.

We also want to support you in making your next step into learning or work.  We host events throughout the year, including the award-winning annual Jobs & Skills Fair, which will help you to decide on your next step. 



We want to give you a positive experience at College and a rounded view of the industry you could one day be working in. So, during your time at College, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities.




How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016
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