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Motor Vehicle Maintenance

The Motor Vehicle Department of Kendal College offers a dedicated workshop, boasting industry-standard equipment, tools, and diagnostic systems. The three members of staff who run the department have over 50 years of combined industry experience, working for a variety of manufacturers, franchised dealers, and independent operators.

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Course Overview

Engineering underpins every aspect of society - the homes we live in, our work and leisure, the energy and transport we use, and the health and care we all need. According to the Royal Society of Engineering, this sector makes a major contribution to the UK's economy - some 280 billion and half of all our exports.

With environmental automotive technologies being at the forefront of the new green economy, there are hundreds of jobs expected to be created in the next few years, both nationally and locally, which require people with the skills to support the

Many of these opportunities will require mechanical and electrical engineering technologists: people who are skilled in applying their knowledge and understanding of science, engineering, and computers to solving practical issues. Our course in this area is called Automotive Engineering

Is this course right for me?

Do you enjoy looking at vehicles, technology, gadgets, and wonder how they are manufactured? Do you want to a job where your practical design skills are put to use?

You will learn about the fundamental science and maths required to work in engineering, but the emphasis is firmly on the automotive and engineering workshop and the technical skills involved.

This course usually takes place over 3 days per week for two years and will give you the skills and knowledge to solve practical problems of an engineering nature. Over the full course, you can expect to spend equal amounts of time in the workshop, putting theory into practice, and studying engineering theory.

You will be studying for a Pearson BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Engineering in the first year and a Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering the second year. To attain this there is an exam in the first semester focusing on Engineering Principles.

The full two-year course is equivalent to 2 A-Levels and is worth up to 112 UCAS points (double Distinction*) or 96 UCAS points (double Distinction).

In addition to the Pearson qualification, you will also receive training in the motor vehicle workshop techniques and technology, gaining industry-recognised certificates upon completion.

First year topics include:
- Engineering Principles
- Engineering Safety Processes
- Engineering Product Design and Manufacture
- Computer Aided Design (CAD)

Second year topics include:
- Specialist Automotive Engineering Project
- Applied Commercial and Quality Principles
- Modern Automotive Manufacturing Systems
- Machining Processes
- Electrical Machines

You will also learn about the industry through trips and speakers. In previous years, learners have had the opportunity to take part in a variety of short local visits to the likes of Gilkes, BAE Systems, and Siemens, and international trips to locations such as Brussels, Barcelona, and Paris.

Entry Requirements

For entry onto the Level 3 Engineering Technology course, you will need at least four GCSEs at grade 5 or higher, including English Language and Science. You will also need GCSE Mathematics, Foundation or Higher Tier, at grade 5 or higher.

Alternatively, learners with an EAL Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Technology, along with GCSE English Language and Mathematics, both at grade 4, also meet entry requirements.

All applicants will require an interview with the course tutor and in some cases, a trade test.

After Your Course

With this qualification, you can progress straight into employment or an apprenticeship in engineering, as you will have the knowledge and workshop skills companies are looking for.

If you have high grades, you can also progress to into Higher Education - either through a Higher Apprenticeship or at some Universities.



Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time courses.

The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2020/21 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2021/22 will be updated in the Spring Term 2021. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.

This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:

  • Aged 16-18 on 31/08/21
  • Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with the intent to progress to a Level 2 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
  • Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
  • Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
  • Member of a low-income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course


The fees displayed are for the 1-year AS-Level course. If you would like to progress onto the full A-Level, please contact us for the cost of the second year as it will be different.

Level 3-6 Courses for Adults

Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19+ and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.

Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.

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