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Motor Vehicle Engineering Level 1 Diploma at North Hertfordshire College

Course description

Our motor vehicle courses include lots of opportunities for you to get hands-on experience of the world of work, including:

  • Work experience with businesses like IV services, Airbus, Ford, BMW, Halfords and Kwik Fit
  • Visits to businesses and major events including the Ferrari Training Centre, Land Rover, Jaguar and the Mechanics Show
  • Getting to work in an environment that emulates an industrial working environment where you can learn both the practical and technical skills required to succeed in the sector
  • Having access to the latest computer technology and cutting-edge tools and diagnostic kits provided by our corporate sponsor – the worldwide manufacturer - Snap-On.

Motor vehicle courses at NHC provide a structured framework in which you’ll develop the knowledge and practical skills necessary for a successful and fulfilling career in the sector. Courses are offered at different levels of entry. This means that, no matter what previous qualifications you’ve achieved, we’ll have a course suitable for you. Opportunities for career progression after our courses include mechanic, body repairer or automotive technician.

  • Vehicle technology: this course will introduce you to the retail automotive maintenance and repair sector by looking at the principles of vehicle construction, engine components and operation, steering and suspension systems as well as component fitting, tyre and braking system checks. You’ll also cover workshop tools and equipment, and health and safety.

Course content

  • Diagnose and rectify light vehicle engine component faults and diagnose and rectify light vehicle chassis system faults
  • Diagnose and rectify auxiliary equipment and faults
  • Diagnose and rectify light vehicle transmission and driveline system faults.

Entry requirements

A level 2 qualification in a relevant subject area, passed with merit or distinction grade - plus maths and English grade C or above, or functional skills level 2 maths and English.


This course is assessed through assignments, projects, practical and online tests. You’ll also sit exams if you’re doing maths or English GCSE or functional skills.

Financial information

Price on application.

There are no tuition fees for students aged 16-18 years.

If you are over 18, please speak to a client advisor.

Possible charges for any trips, visits, materials and uniform if required offered during the year will be independent of the tuition fees or any other student finance. Financial help may be available for these costs, please contact Student Services for more information.

Future opportunities

Having successfully completed this course, you’ll be able to progress to:

  • Extended engineering degree apprenticeships, subject to entry requirements
  • Paid employment in the sector
  • University.

Further information

Please visit our website for further information -

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact North Hertfordshire College directly.

Last updated date: 23 February 2017
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    • Our ECC is a 19,000 sq.ft. facility, right next to the train station in Stevenage and easily accessible from the A1. All of our construction, engineering & welding and motor vehicle courses are delivered here.

      Over the last two years, with the support of the Hertfordshire LEP, we’ve invested over £900,000 in additional space, new equipment and resources to make sure that our learning environment is consistent with that of a modern sector workplace. We’ve invested in a:

      • fully equipped mechatronics lab covering manufacturing, hydraulics & pneumatics, industrial controls and industrial robots
      • computer aided design suite, with software including Autocad, Solidworks & rapid prototype/3D modelling systems
      • comprehensive workshop facility that includes benches, hand and machine cutting tools, CNC and fabrication and welding areas for the production of prototype models
      • fully equipped electronics lab with a wide range of test equipment and tools including, oscilloscopes, spectrum analysers, signal generators, op-amps, and multi-meters

      By studying at our dynamic ECC Campus, our fantastic facilities mean that you’ll feel like you’re working on a site in your chosen sector. The Campus is also really close to Airbus Defence and Space and some of the other major employers in the area.