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Automotive Engineering (Heavy Vehicle Including Passenger Carrying Vehicles) Apprenticeships at Bridgwater College

Course description

This apprenticeship is for 16 ā€“ 18 year olds in relevant employment in the truck (HGV), bus and coach (PCV) industry. Partially funded courses are also available for those aged 19 ā€“ 24.

If you are keen to work with heavy vehicles, including (PCV) but are not yet in relevant employment, we maintain regular contact with employers who have vacancies or we can offer help and advice if you prefer to conduct your own job search.

Course content

The course comprises an intermediate apprenticeship or an advanced apprenticeship in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance and Repair, depending on your entry qualifications and an initial assessment. Topics studied include:

  • Operating principles of diesel engine systems
  • Operating principles of chassis systems
  • Operating principles of transmission systems
  • Vehicle electrical and electronic systems
  • Vehicle inspection
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Fault diagnosis
  • Health and safety
  • Skills for the automotive workplace

You will attend the Automotive Centre at Bridgwater College on a block release basis to study for:

  • A Technical Certificate (VRQ) : provides the essential knowledge to do the job
  • Functional / Key skills: develops the literacy, numeracy and IT skills needed in the modern workplace
  • ERR: employment, rights and responsibilities
  • PLTS: personal, learning and thinking skills

You will also undertake an VCQ at your workplace. This involves building a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate that you can do your job to a nationally recognised standard. Your progress through the course is monitored by assessment, observation, assignments and tests.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for the advanced apprenticeship are grade C or above in GCSE Maths and English and for an intermediate apprenticeship, grades Dā€“G in GCSE Maths and English.

As well as being in relevant employment, you will need equipment such as writing pads, pens, rulers, calculators.

In order to help maintain your safety, we insist that you bring boots and overalls to wear in the workshops.


You will be assessed through practical tasks, assignment, end tests and on-line exams.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of the course you will be a qualified professional heavy vehicle technician. You could progress on to our higher education programmes such as the Higher National Certificate (HNC) or Level 4 Master Technician programme.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 February 2016

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