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Automotive

“On your marks, Get set, Go!” Have you got a passion for anything Automotive? Are you a “Petrol Head” or like to “Tinker”, do you enjoy knowing how things work? If so, Automotive might be the best place for you to reach your dreams and aspirations!

Automotive can offer you the chance to become a Vehicle Technician in many professional careers, from racing and engineering to service and repair our courses will take you there. The courses will help you reach your starting line of your future career.

The course offers a variety of Practical and Theory elements to unlock the skills needed to reach your goals within the Automotive sector. Project based learning will be part of the program, allowing you to build on and sharpen your knowledge and skills, working with external companies. Giving you real world access to new technologies, giving you a portfolio of experience that you can use to be successful in finding your career opportunity.

The Automotive Team have a wealth of knowledge that they want to share with you, we pride ourselves on developing you to be industry ready and feel it’s important that you leave the college with future options, but equally have enjoyed your time with us and had a great adventure while learning the subject of Automotive. 

Where could it take me?

Automotive can offer you some amazing experiences and explorations into the subject. From live track day and Motorsport to seeing the latest Automotive Technology. The opportunities are as follows:

Team West Suffolk College will be competing in the 2022 City Car Cup/ Student Motorsport Challenge. Level 3 students will have the opportunity build/ maintain the Toyota Aygo racing car and to work track side in the pit-lane at each championship race.

Engineer and develop a single seater Jet hybrid vehicle to race at Goodwood Festival of speed. Project Sapheria offers Level 1 and level 2 students the chance to build and develop the vehicle as well as link with industry businesses, allowing access to industry technology and gaining experience.

Building and testing a Kit car. The AB performance Arion S2 is currently under construction and will be continuing to be assembled in the new year. WSC has teamed up with MK Sport cars to further develop the offer and help Level 3 students to build, setup and develop the vehicle further.

Throughout the year all students will be invited to attend enrichment activities such as visiting the Motorsport show and Motorcycle show at the NEC. You will meet companies and organisations during the year in organised careers days and employer engagement weeks.

Apply online

The first step is to make an application for the area you are interested in. You will have the opportunity to discuss the different course options available during the interview stage and staff will confirm which course is suitable for your future plans.

Courses

Progression to Automotive

Designed to engage and motivate 14-19 year olds interested in learning about the maintenance of motor vehicles this course focuses on the various job roles available in the retail motor industry.

Assessment takes a practical approach and includes many visual questioning techniques, which will stimulate and interest the learner. Learning outcomes are assessed by a variety of task-based assessment, observation, oral questioning and portfolio evidence. Assignments include both exam and coursework and are designed to provide a fun and interesting learning environment.

This Entry Level qualification is designed to help learners aged 14-19 years old to develop technical understanding as well as key personal and social skills, behaviours and attitudes that will build confidence. Successful students will achieve this by using practical tasks, set in the retail automotive context. These tasks allow learners to tackle new activities and challenges individually and as part of a group. They will improve learners' social interaction and help them to develop skills that will prepare them to look for, obtain and maintain employment. The qualification meets the Personal and Social Development (PSD) requirements within the Foundation Learning programme, which supports learners in their preparation to make the step from school to work life.

You will learn how to work effectively and safely. In addition to the practical skills you will develop, you will also improve your employability through the enhancement of your communication, numeracy and information technology abilities.

What You Study

  • Knowledge/skills required in the automotive working environment
  • Specialist units e.g., Light Vehicle, Motorcycle, Body Repair & Maintenance
  • Essential workplace tools, equipment and materials

Duration and Attendance - 1 Year, starting September

Entry Requirements – Grade 1 English and Grade 1 Mathematics (or equivalent)

If you are able to demonstrate a keen interest and aptitude for working with vehicles and are willing and have the ability to develop your practical and hands-on skills, you may also be considered as a learner.

Please note: you will be required to complete a successful interview.

Further Study - Subject to successful interview and completion of this course, you may progress to Level 1 qualification or supplement their progress to GCSEs and other appropriate destinations.

Career Opportunities - Completion of this course of study and further courses can provide a stepping stone and lead to modern apprenticeships or employment as a trainee in a wide range of vehicle and technology enabled sectors.

Many students will progress into the Level 1 Vehicle Maintenance course within the department.

IMI Automotive Level 1

This engaging and motivating Vocationally Related Qualification (VRQ) is generally aimed at learners 14-19 years old, who have a keen interest to learn about the maintenance of various types of transport and the job roles that are available within the Automotive Industry.

Assessment takes a practical approach and includes many visual questioning techniques, which will stimulate and interest the learner. Learning outcomes are assessed by a variety of task-based assessment, observation, oral questioning, and portfolio evidence. Assignments include both exam and coursework and are designed to provide a fun and interesting learning environment.

This Level 1 qualification is designed to help learners aged 14-19 years old to develop technical skills and insights along with key personal and social skills, behaviours, and attitudes to build confidence. Successful students will achieve this by using practical tasks, set in a practical automotive context. The tasks challenge learners to tackle new activities and individually and as part of a group. They will enhance learners' social interaction and help them to develop skills to prepare them as they look for, obtain, and maintain employment. The qualification prepares learners to further develop their knowledge and skills across a variety of specialist areas to prepare them for further studies and potentially enter into a job role they desire.

You will learn how to work effectively and safely. In addition to the practical skills you will develop, you will also improve your employability through the enhancement of your communication, numeracy and information technology abilities.

What You Study

  • Industry relevant Health and Safety practices
  • Knowledge/skills required in the automotive working environment
  • Specialist units e.g., Mechanical & Electrical Repair & Maintenance
  • Essential workplace tools, equipment and materials

Duration and Attendance - 1 Year, starting September

Entry Requirements – Grade 2 English and Grade 2 Mathematics (or equivalent)

If you are able to demonstrate a keen interest and aptitude for working with vehicles and are willing and have the ability to develop your practical and hands-on skills, you may also be considered as a learner.

Please note: you will be required to complete a successful interview.

Further Study - Subject to successful interview and completion of this course, you may progress to Level 2 qualification or supplement their progress to GCSEs and other appropriate destinations.

Career Opportunities - Completion of this course of study and further courses can provide a stepping stone and lead to modern apprenticeships or employment as a trainee in a wide range of vehicle and technology enabled sectors.

Many students will progress into the Level 2 Vehicle Maintenance course within the department.

Application Process

You will be invited to discuss your application with us and your application and interview will form part of the selection process.

IMI Automotive Engineering Level 2

On this course, you will develop the skills required to carry out routine services and repairs of light vehicles including removing and replacing engine parts, auxiliary electrical components, and chassis units as well as learning how to conduct pre- and post-work inspections.

This L2 qualification is designed to provide a standardised approach for the delivery and assessment of the knowledge and skills requirements. This qualification is assessed using written phase tests throughout the year plus completion of an electronic portfolio based on completion of practical (workshop) tasks and online exams.

This Level 2 qualification is designed to help learners aged 16-19+ further develop technical skills and insights along with key personal and social skills, behaviours and attitudes to build confidence. Successful students will achieve this by using practical and written tasks set in a practical automotive context along with online exams. The course challenges learners to use their knowledge, skills and initiative to tackle new activities. They will enhance learners' social interaction and help them to develop skills to prepare them as they look for, obtain and maintain employment. The qualification prepares learners to further develop their knowledge and skills across a variety of specialist areas to prepare them for further studies and potentially enter into a job role they desire.

Students will practice working effectively and safely. In addition to applying the practical skills developed the course also works to improve your employability, communication, numeracy and IT abilities. Work experience is a key course element.

What You Study

  • Chassis Technology
  • Engine Technology
  • Electrical & Electronic Technology
  • Transmission Technology
  • General Aspects e.g. health and safety, legal aspects and organisational requirements
  • Engineering processes (e.g., tool manufacture & technical drawing)

Duration and Attendance - 1 Year, starting September

Entry Requirements – Grade 4 English and Grade 4 Mathematics (or 3 * Grade 3 including English, Mathematics and Science)

If you are able to demonstrate a keen interest and aptitude for working with vehicles and are willing and have the ability to develop your practical and hands-on skills, you may also be considered as a learner.

Please note: you will be required to complete a successful interview.

Further Study - Subject to successful interview and completion of this course, you may progress to a Level 3 qualification and other appropriate destinations.

Career Opportunities - Completion of this course of study and further courses can provide a stepping stone and lead to modern apprenticeships or employment as a trainee in a wide range of vehicle and technology enabled sectors.

Many students will progress into the Level 3 Motorsport Engineering course within the department.

Application Process

You will be invited to discuss your application with us and your application and interview will form part of the selection process.

IMI Motorsport Engineering Level 3

This Motorsport Engineering Level 3 course is a flexible vocationally related qualification aimed at enthusiastic young people aged 16 years old and over, who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of the requirements of an automotive technician within the motorsport, performance road cars and/or retail motor industries.

This L3 qualification is designed to provide a standardised approach for the delivery and assessment of the knowledge and skills requirements. This qualification is assessed through the use of written report-based assignments, plus completion of an electronic portfolio based on completion of practical (workshop) tasks and online exams.

This Level 3 qualification is industry specific National Occupational Standards. Learners will develop their knowledge to diagnose complex problems and repair motorsport motor vehicles including the understanding of materials, fabrication, tools and measuring, and the motorsport knowledge areas such as: event regulations; setting up motorsport vehicles; inspecting a motorsport vehicle during competition; diagnosis and rectification of engine and ancillary components; diagnosis and rectification of transmission and driveline faults; diagnosis and rectification of chassis system faults. Current students are engaged in the construction of an Arion S2 racing car.

The qualification prepares learners to further develop their knowledge and skills across a variety of specialist areas to prepare them for further studies and potentially enter into a job role they desire.

Students will practice working effectively and safely. In addition to applying the practical skills developed the course also works to improve your employability, communication, numeracy and IT abilities. Work experience is a key course element.

What You Study

  • Diagnosis and rectification of electrical/electronic equipment faults
  • Constructing, installing and testing cable forms and looms
  • Installing, setting up and testing electrical/electronic engine/transmission control units
  • Stripping and rebuilding engines for motorsport vehicles
  • Dressing engines for motorsport vehicles
  • Motorsport Transmission Technology
  • General Aspects e.g. health and safety, legal aspects and organisational requirements
  • Engineering processes (e.g., tool manufacture & technical drawing)

Duration and Attendance - 1 Year, starting September

Entry Requirements – Successful completion of the Level 2 Automotive Engineering course plus Grade 4 English and Grade 4 Mathematics

Please note: you will be required to complete a successful interview (including aptitude test).

Further Study - Subject to successful interview and completion of this course, you may progress to Higher Education study (e.g., HNC/D).

Career Opportunities - Completion of this course of study and further courses can provide a platform for a Motorsport (or other Automotive related) apprenticeship or employment within a related technology sector. Note: the emphasis on work-experience is intended to provide the network of contacts to link to onward employment.

Application Process

You will be invited to discuss your application with us and your application and interview will form part of the selection process.

What can I do next?

Tell the provision as is it’s a story. This is chapter one, the part where you need to be drawn in - the starting steps.

Focus on the outcomes. Don’t make it sound like there’s a course with just a job search at the end.

Start your career’s engine with the Automotive department at West Suffolk College. 

Apply online

The first step is to make an application for the area you are interested in. You will have the opportunity to discuss the different course options available during the interview stage and staff will confirm which course is suitable for your future plans.

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