Engineering Skills

Level 1 | Electively Home Educated & School Link

If you're looking for a sound basis to start your motor vehicle studies, this is the course for you. You will learn practical skills and theory and understand the importance of working in a safe workshop environment. The course runs alongside your GCSE study.

You can look forward to a varied programme of modules that includes: 

  • Working safely in engineering
  • Tools, equipment and materials for vehicle maintenance 
  • Routine servicing of mechanical equipment
  • Vehicle electrical foundation skills 
  • Making engineering components
  • Basic Welding
  • Carry out an engineering project

Course details

Dates & Location

September 2024


1 day per week for 2 years


Materials fee: £150

Entry Requirements

Electively Home Educated

  • Students must have been out of education and home schooled for at least 6 months prior to enrolling.
  • Applicants must be 14 years of age or older by 31st August of the year of applying.

School Students

  • Applicants must be 14 years of age or older by 31st August of the year of applying.
  • A service level agreement must be agreed and signed between the College and participating School before learners can be enrolled.
  • The school must be in agreement with the application and agree to pay the fees.

Ben Moorey

Level 1 Motor Vehicle Maintenance student

I chose this course because I wanted to learn more about cars as it is something I am interested in. I particularly like the practical side of the course and I learn something different every week. I am going to stay at Plumpton College to study Level 2 Vehicle Maintenance.  For the future I would like to be a mechanic and start my career within the motor industry.

Future Opportunities

  • Students usually enter college at age 14 and are on a 2-year programme. On successfully completing this, they are then able to apply for a place on the 16+ full time study programmes. Towards the end of the second year, this is discussed with students as part of the progression tutorials.
  • On applying for a 16+ course, students will be required to attend an interview and be processed as new applicant.
  • Once students are on a 16+ programme, they can apply for bursaries to support learning, travel, etc. 

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