Motor Vehicle at Derby College

If you love cars and enjoy fixing things, a career in the automotive aftersales industry could be ideal for you. You’ll be in a hands-on role repairing, servicing and operating on all aspects of vehicle mechanics and electrics.

Is this you?

  • Good at problem-solving and finding faults
  • Good at paying attention to detail
  • Good communication and customer service skills
  • Ability to follow written and spoken instructions
  • Work well in a team
  • Strong practical skills
  • A reasonable level of fitness

Getting into the motor vehicle industry

motor vehicle engineering

  • Full time at CollegeThere is a range of full-time Motor Vehicle courses offered at Derby College. These cover the repair and maintenance of light vehicles such as cars.
  • Apprenticeships Available through Derby College, apprenticeships are a respected way to become a motor vehicle technician. For all apprenticeships, you will need GCSEs in English, Maths and Science or equivalent qualifications like Functional Skills.
  • Higher educationYou could eventually take your career further by completing higher level qualifications, such as a foundation degree, HNC or HND. There are opportunities to study subjects such as Motorsport Engineering at university.
  • JobsDirect entry to the industry is unlikely without going on an apprenticeship or successfully completing a full-time college course.

Why choose Derby College?

  • We’ve invested in purpose-built, high-specification workshops so you’ll benefit from the latest technology such as electronic and computer diagnostic equipment.
  • Thanks to our strong links with employers, all our Students are offered a minimum of 40 hours work experience with local dealerships.
  • We’ve earned national recognition from the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI): for three years running, our Motor Vehicle Team Manager Matthew Curtis has won an IMI award for his work to support skills development in the sector.
  • Your studies will be enriched by exciting opportunities. Our Students have won high-profile competitions, gone on study visits to Germany and Belgium, and had the chance to see engineering marvels such as the Bloodhound supersonic car.

To keep our vehicles roadworthy, we need workers with determination, precision and an eye for detail. A Derby College Motor Vehicle course prepares you for the challenge and offers you the route to a rewarding career.


Derby College Course Listings - Motor Vehicle


FT Apprenticeship - Auto-care Technician - Level 2: Site Johnson Building

FT Apprenticeship - Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician (Light Vehicle) - Level 3: Site Johnson Building

PT Award in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Operation and Maintenance - Level 2 - April: Site Johnson Building

PT Award in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Operation and Maintenance - Level 2 - January: Site Johnson Building

FT Certificate In Vehicle Component Fitting : Site Johnson Building

FT Certificate in Vehicle Maintenance - Level 1: Site Johnson Building

FT Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair - Level 2: Site Johnson Building

FT Entry 3 Certificate For The Introduction To Vehicle Technology : Site Johnson Building

FT IMI Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair - Level 3: Site Johnson Building

FT IMI Level 1 in Motor Vehicle Maintenance: Site Johnson Building

PT IMI MOT Tester Class 4 and 7 - January: Site Johnson Building

PT IMI MOT Tester Class 4 and 7 - May: Site Johnson Building

PT Introduction To Motor Vehicle - Evening: Site Johnson Building

FT Schools 14-16 – ABC Level 1 Award in Automotive Studies : Site Johnson Building

Full Time Courses Full Time Courses Part Time Courses Part Time Courses

Maths and English

You need English and maths skills to get on in life. They will support your studies at the College, help with everyday tasks and pave the way to future career success.

If you don’t already have a grade 4 or above in GCSE English and Maths – or equivalent qualifications – you will continue studying these subjects as part of your course at Derby College.

We’ll support you all the way: working with you on the right programme of development throughout your time with us.

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When you’ve completed your course, why not broaden your horizons further still at Derby College? Additional qualifications in subjects such as Engineering, ICT and Manufacturing are exciting choices. Or check out our courses in Business, Enterprise and Management if you would like to set up a venture of your own.

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Maths & English

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Jamie Rushton

Jamie Rushton

On the road to a career in the motor vehicle industry

Banger racing enthusiast Jamie Rushton has enjoyed tinkering with cars for as long as he can remember. So, when a Derby College motor vehicle apprenticeship came up at A&M Motors in Church Gresley, he seized the opportunity.

As the firm’s first apprentice, his progress has been so impressive that he is set to be taken on permanently when his training programme finishes in 2015.

Jamie appreciates the support he receives from his College tutors and assessors. He also enjoys his day release experience at The Garage, our commercial facility.

The apprenticeship links in perfectly with Jamie’s favourite past time of banger racing. He takes part in racing events all over the country.

I’m in the right job: I’ve always wanted to be around cars and I know I always will. I’ve carried out some quite demanding jobs since I started my apprenticeship. We also get the chance to learn different things at College and to talk to each other about what we’ve been doing at work.

Did you Know?

  • There are more than 35 million vehicles on UK roads
  • The UK produced 1.5 million vehicles in 2013. Four out of five were exported.
  • There are almost 39,000 motor vehicle maintenance and repair businesses in the UK
  • The UK is home to eight Formula 1 teams
  • 100,000 new automotive jobs will be created by 2020

Recent Vacancies

Trainee vehicle technician
£15,000 per year starting salary.
Carrying out repairs and services

Lead vehicle body repairer
£28,000 per year
Fixing and replacing damaged body parts

Motorsport engineer
£25,000-£40,000 per year.
Building and testing racing cars and bikes

Garage manager
Up to £44,000 per year.
Responsible for all aspects of a repair business

Site Information


Courses in this area are run at the Johnson Building, part of our Roundhouse campus

About the Roundhouse »

Useful Websites
The Institute of the Motor Industry offers further information about careers and training
This site includes an excellent World of Work section to help you learn more about life in the motor industry

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Derby College is an IMI recognised employer

Michelle Barratt, IMI Business Development Manager. Left: Matthew Curtis, Motor Vehicle Team Manager Derby College
Michelle Barratt, IMI Business Development Manager. Left: Matthew Curtis, Motor Vehicle Team Manager Derby College

The IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry) Employer Recognition Scheme demonstrates our expertise, knowledge, commitment to ethical conduct and continuing professional development.


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