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Welcome to Automotive and Motor Vehicle at The Sheffield College

Nowadays the motor vehicle industry is about so much more than just cards! With companies like Tesla leading the way in developing cutting-edge technology, a career in this field could be one of the most interesting and varied around.

Our study programmes combine hands-on practical work in our industry-standard workshops; with the relevant theory and technical knowledge. No matter what level you start at, you'll have the opportunity to get your hands on the tools and equipment you'll use in the workplace, perfectly preparing you for employment. What's more, we have fantastic links with local employers so you can go further in your career with work experience, placements or an Apprenticeship!

Automotive FAQ

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Level 1 Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

Whilst we offer Automotive courses from Entry level all the way up to Level 3, why not take a minute to find out a bit more about our Level 1 Maintenance and Repair study programme?

Check out the quick facts below and watch the video to see our FAQs about this course!

  • Location: Olive Grove
  • Mode of study: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Qualification: City & Guilds
  • Start date: September 2020


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Which course is right for me?

Picking the right course is the first step in your Automotive career! There are loads of different pathways to choose from, including Body and Paint Work, Maintenance and Repair or a general overview of both. Whether you choose a full-time study programme and pick your own specialism, or apply for an Apprenticeship, we're sure to have something that suits you and your learning style. 

Just click on a button below to start exploring our Automotive and Motor Vehicle courses.

What kind of work will I do on a Automotive study programme?

Of course, the exact nature of the work you will do depends on the course that you choose, but all of our Automotive programmes share some common themes such as:

  • Lots of practical work - Practical lessons take place in the motor vehicle workshops and give you the opportunity to develop the skills needed in the working world
  • Theory lessons covering the required technology which are classroom-based, giving you the opportunity for taking notes to aid your development
  • Placements and experience of work - what better way to prepare you for the world of work other than to experience it first hand? We encourage all of our students to obtain placements or experiential opportunities during their course to enhance their CV and career prospects!

Trips, Visits and Course Enrichment

You can only learn so much in the classroom. To be really confident in your knowledge and abilities you'll need some practical experience. Luckily, all of our Automotive programmes will allow you to do just that!

Throughout your studies, you will be encouraged to engage directly with local employers so that you can learn from their experience. Whether that's visiting the workshops of local mechanics, or participating in a masterclass, we know that getting that first hand experience us vital.


The tutors at Olive Grove also have lots of experience and enthusiasm for their industry and your development. Many of them have worked in the automotive industry, so they're the ideal people to help you apply your newly acquired knowledge and skills in the real world. 

Work-related Activity & Industry Placements

As a student at The Sheffield College, you will be encouraged to spend time with an employer in a real-life working environment as part of your study programme. This could be experience of work or an industry placement, depending on what kind of course you are studying.

What's in it for me?

  • Improve your job prospects and gain knowledge of the workplace in a variety of areas
  • Enhance your employability skills such as communication skills, problem-solving, social skills, time management, commitment, enthusiasm, flexibility and teamwork
  • Previous experience of work can help you during interviews and it looks impressive on your CV
  • Helps you understand what motivates you and what you are passionate about so that you can apply this to your future career


Our motor vehicle students are based at our recently refurbished Olive Grove Campus, where we've invested over £8 million in state-of-the-art automotive facilities so that you're getting the very best experience and are ready to start employment when you leave us.

Why not use the 360 tour to explore our top-class facilities?

One of the best ways to prepare yourself for the world of work is to get hands-on experience before you leave college. Our motor vehicle study programmes will not only give you the opportunity to work with industry-standard equipment, but you will also be able to take advantage of visits to local industry employers and work experience placements as organised through your course. 

There are so many career paths available within the Automotive sector, with a wide variety of roles coming up across the region:

  • There are currently over 21,000 jobs in the motor vehicle sector within the Sheffield City Region
  • There are set to be 1,000 new automotive jobs by 2022

Careers advice to help you go further

Choosing a career path when you've only just left school can seem like a daunting prospect, but our Careers Advice Team are on hand to offer you the best impartial careers guidance going. 

They can help you to figure out the kind of jobs that you might enjoy based on your interests, skills and hobbies; or if you already have a pretty good idea of what you'd like to do in the future they can give you some pointers on how to go further and land your dream job. You can talk to them whether you're still deciding on a course or even if you're about to make the jump from education into full-time work. 

Why not ask them a question on Twitter right now? Just send us your question using #AskCareersTSC