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Multi-skills in Engineering, Motor Vehicle and Fabrication & Welding - Level 1


This exciting course is designed to give you an insight into the world of engineering.

You will have access to our state of the art workshops, tools, equipment and facilities.

Our friendly, experienced staff will help you to develop your skills and knowledge in Engineering, Motor Vehicle and Fabrication & Welding, where you will learn the skills and techniques to start your journey into your chosen career.

Entry requirements

You will need to have a minimum of grade 2 in GCSE Maths and English (preferably higher). You will be required to successfully complete the college induction process and having good attendance, timekeeping and attitude to learning are also essential.

16-18 year old applicants:

You will need to supply a copy of your most up to date school/ college report or reference from a teacher. Please upload this to your myVISION account.

19+ year old applicants:

Mature students (those aged 19 or over) who do not have the qualifications required for entry may still be eligible. Relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject you wish to study may be acceptable for certain courses.

You will also be required to supply a written reference either from a recent educational institution or employer. Please upload this to your myVISION account by the end of May 2021. If you are not able to gain a reference, please contact for further advice.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20211 yr(s)1557A1265FREE£500.00** EApply

E You may be eligible for fee exemption depending on your circumstances. Please see our adult finance and funding page for more information.

How long is the course?

The course will last for one academic year.

How will I be assessed?

You will work on a one to one basis with your tutor where you will be able to show off the skills and knowledge you have learned by completing a number of practical activities and sharing your knowledge with your tutor by completing some short knowledge assessments.

What does the course lead to?

Each of the areas you study in are deemed a shortage industry, this means that you will able to continue to develop your skills at college, whilst being supported into an apprenticeship or employment within your chosen industry.

What will I study?

You will learn to work safely in each of our modern workshops.

You will learner servicing and inspection techniques in our motor vehicle department, you will learn how to use a variety of welding techniques in our welding department and you will be introduced to bench fitting principles and machining techniques in our engineering workshop. 

  • Basic engineering – using hand-tools, making things from metals and composites. 3D printing, basic robotics and programming.
  • Basic fabrication & welding – Gas welding, MIG and TIG welding, making benches, hanging baskets and learning the fundamentals.
  • Basic motor vehicle maintenance – learning how to change tyres, brakes, undertake basic servicing and other motor trade related jobs such as valeting.

You may be asked to take part in our ‘Learning Company’, where you will gain really valuable work and life skills alongside the main programme.

This could mean that you do ‘paid’ work for making park benches, servicing and valeting cars or other things.

You can bring your own ideas to the learning company.

Payment will be via tools, trips or other activities and not money.

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

You can go onto further develop your skills on a level 2 multi skills programme, or you can choose to specialise in one of the 3 areas that you have been studying, moving onto one of the following courses: 

How do I apply?

Apply online


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