Automotive & Engineering
Fee Information

Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.

Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.

If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.

If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 19 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.

International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.

For more information, see our guide to fees.


Your career options range from garage and shop floor positions to technical development. Vehicle ownership is rising and the industry is in constant need of bright young people committed to building their careers around cars. This is a practical course that allows you to demonstrate your skills in the workplace.

All learners will develop their knowledge and skills in: Health and safety practices in vehicle maintenance, good housekeeping in the automotive environment tools equipment and materials for vehicle maintenance.

Examples of some of the unit options available follow:

  • Introduction to the retail automotive maintenance and repair industry
  • Vehicle Diagnostics , Engine Management systems
  • Spark ignition engine systems, components and operation
  • Compression ignition engine systems, components and operation
  • Steering and suspension systems components and maintenance (4 wheels or more)
  • Vehicle braking systems components and maintenance
  • Vehicle wheels and tyres construction and maintenance
  • Vehicle exhausts systems components and maintenance
  • Introduction to low carbon technologies in the automotive industry
  • Vehicle electrical foundation skills
  • Basic vehicle valeting
  • Light vehicle construction
  • Removing and replacing light vehicle electrical units and components
  • Removing and replacing light vehicle chassis units and components
  • Inspection, repair and replacement of high performance light vehicle tyres
  • Supporting Job Roles in the Automotive Environment
  • Skills in Materials, Fabrication, Tools & Measuring Devices
  • Inspecting Light Vehicles using Prescribed Methods
  • Diagnosing & Rectifying Light Vehicle Chassis System Faults
  • Diagnosing & Rectifying Light Vehicle Transmission & Driveline Faults
  • Diagnosing & Rectifying of Automotive Vehicle Auxiliary Faults
Entry Requirements

You will need a IMI Level 2 or an equivalent qualification and the following:

  • 2 GCSE at grade A to C.
  • F/S Maths and English
  • You will be required to attend a College interview and complete an assessment test.
  • A recent reference
Assessment Method

The assessments for this qualification have a practical focus and combine various assessment styles/methodologies and a Portfolio in order to suit the subject and levels of units contained within it.

Progression Opportunities

This Certificate is ideal for those learners who wish to undertake a qualification which will support their progress into the retail motor vehicle industry and to a Level 4 BTEC HNC/HND. It can also supplement their progress to service and other appropriate destinations, such as the Institute of the Motor Industry Sector Skills Council (IMI SSC) Intermediate Apprenticeship at Level 2, or employment as Supervisor or Senior Mechanic.

Study Methods

Learning takes place at Southall Campus. Designed over three days.

Enrolment

We look forward to welcoming you to Ealing, Hammersmith and West London's College. We are enrolling now. Come along to the College to enrol directly. See our enrolment dates and times. www.wlc.ac.uk/enrol