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Motor Mechanic Study Programmes

    Our automotive programmes take you all the way from the basics to the advanced level. Specialise in light or heavy vehicles as a car mechanic.

    Find out the difference between a Motor Mechanic course and a study programme here.

    Our Motor Mechanic study programmes provide a range of basic to advanced practical skills related to the type of work undertaken in the motor vehicle industry.

    Complement the theory with plenty of hands-on vehicle maintenance and repair skills in our purpose-built motor vehicle workshops, which include modern vehicle engineering and body repair facilities.

    What will I learn?

    Depending on the level and type of programme you complete, you may develop your manual skills, remove and fit basic body and related components, develop basic preparation and refinishing skills, practice basic engineering fabrication skills, and/or gain a thorough understanding of vehicle systems, including electrical and electronic principles, as well as study e-commerce, mathematics and science. We'll also improve your literacy and numeracy too as part of your study programme.

    Find out the difference between a Motor Mechanic course and a study programme below.

    Why choose a MidKent College Motor Mechanic study programme?

    We work closely with local employers to ensure our Motor Mechanic study programmes provide the skills and techniques that they're looking for. We cater from beginners to experienced car mechanics seeking new skills. You'll also complete work experience as part of your programme, and so will have hands-on experience of the industry. Depending on your level, we'll also help to improve your English and maths skills too.

    What level am I?

    This will be dependent on the qualifications and experience that you currently have. For some very practical subjects you'll need to start at level 1 to ensure you learn the key theory, practical knowledge and health and safety standards for your industry. Check out what level you are on our chart.

    How is English & maths involved?

    If you're 16-18 years old, English and maths will be part of your study programme. You will study both subjects at a level which is appropriate to you. You'll then have the confidence to apply them to your work, whether through accurately reading your instruments or providing a detailed report to a customer.

    What facilities and trips are available?

    You'll have the opportunity to take part in various trips to places such as Buckmore Park, Brooklands, Mercedes and Brands Hatch. You'll also visit trade competitions too. Whatever study programme you choose, there's plenty of practice maintaining and restoring vehicles in our modern, well-equipped workshops.

    Is an apprenticeship available?

    Yes the College offers apprenticeships in Vehicle Maintenance (Light) and Vehicle Maintenance (Heavy).

    What have your past students gone on to do?

    Many of our Motor Mechanic students have entered employment in the local area, or have formalised their skills in their existing roles.

    How much do vehicle technicians get paid?

    Vehicle technicians, mechanics and electricians in the Medway and Maidstone areas can expect to earn on average £11.93 per hour.*

    What can I do afterwards?

    You'll have the skills to become an MOT tester, motorsport engineer or even progress to becoming a restoration specialist!

    What’s the difference between a Motor Mechanic course and a study programme?

    Traditionally you may have studied a Motor Mechanic course, where you would only study the qualification, such as fitting body components, electronic principles and vehicle maintenance. A Motor Mechanic study programme is so much more than a Motor Mechanics course!

    This change to study programmes is due to national feedback from employers saying young people need to have more than just a “qualification”; they need to have the skills to work in their chosen industry. A study programme encompasses the subject qualification, English and maths skills as well as work experience and personal development skills. You can read more about study programmes here.

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    *Data taken from EMSI April 2018