Motor vehicle

Tune motor vehicles and get them operating at peak performance. Or, restore them to working better than new. In either case, be the expert people turn to when they need to keep moving.

About careers in motor vehicle and cycle maintenance

On our highly practical programmes, you’ll train in a real workshop, working on real cars. Our state of the art facilities include hybrid-vehicle diagnostic equipment and the latest vehicle lifts. We have also received donations of new vehicles from manufacturers, such as Hyundai, to offer students the chance to train on a range of engines.

Whether you do an apprenticeship or a full-time programme, you’ll face new challenges and stretch your abilities in a supportive and realistic working environment. Our teachers are informative and helpful, offering insights and tips from their careers in the motor vehicle industry.

This pathway includes the country’s only full-time programmes in classic vehicle restoration.

These programmes have been designed in partnership with the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs to meet a growing skills gap in this lucrative industry. Students get access to a broad range of classic and historic vehicles, including visits to Bicester Heritage, a dedicated centre for classic vehicles and aviation. On our classic vehicle programmes, students are given the opportunity to work on real-life restoration projects including a Swallow Sidecar.

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What is a career pathway?

Education takes time and money. By giving you a clear view of what qualifications you need to get the job and the salary that you want, we take the stress out of learning.

Our career pathway maps show you the entry requirements for each qualification and how long they take to achieve. With each new qualification, you have the option to continue studying at the next level or explore your employment options with a guide to the jobs and salaries you can expect at that stage. Each step of the way, our career advisors are there to help you make the right choice for you.

By focusing on your future employability and opportunities, we hope to inspire in you the drive to succeed and make the most of your investment in education. 95% of students that completed a course with us progressed directly into employment or onto higher-level learning such as a higher-level course, apprenticeship or university study.*
*AL destination data for 16-19 year olds

While the right qualifications can get you a job interview, it’s the attributes that we teach alongside your chosen programme that will get you the job. Click here to find out more about our Attributes and Learning Philosophy.


Our aim is to equip you to be successful in the job market,

whether you are heading for a job straight after your time at

college, plan to take a university-level programme first or are

already working in a part-time job.

What could my future job look like?

Here are some examples of the tasks that you may be carrying out:

  • Mechanic: diagnose and repair faults in your clients' vehicles, working in a workshop, for example, or a car garage.
  • Cycle technician: diagnose and repair faults in bicycles, using specialist skills.
  • Parts technician: work in a vehicle service workshop or car dealership, identifying and using the correct part to repair any fault in customers' vehicles.
  • Used-car dealer: market and sell second-hand vehicles to prospective clients from a workshop.

The motor vehicle industry

With some 186,000 people employed directly in manufacturing, and over 856,000 across the wider automotive industry, the sector accounts for nearly 13% of the total of the UK's exported goods, investing £4 billion each year in automotive research and development.

More than 30 manufacturers build in excess of 70 models of vehicle in the UK, supported by 2,500 component providers and some of the world’s most skilled engineers.

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Industry partnerships

We work with ATG training, the UK's largest provider of cycle apprenticeships, to provide cycle maintenance apprenticeships. These are an ideal opportunity for anyone planning a career as a professional bike mechanic.

Our classic vehicle apprenticeships are developed and delivered working in partnership with the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs and with Bicester Heritage. Motor vehicle programmes are developed in partnership with BMW MINI.