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Our motor vehicle courses are designed to provide you with the skills you’ll need for a successful career. Our experienced teachers at our purpose-built Engineering Innovation Centre are devoted to helping you build the future you want.

Motor vehicle courses

Why choose motor vehicle at West Notts?

State-of-the-art facilities

Our Engineering Innovation Centre includes innovative technologies and state-of-the-art equipment to ensure you have the most up-to-date knowledge and skills for your chosen industry.

Teachers with industry know-how

You'll be taught by professional teachers with industry experience to ensure you receive the right training to be ready to work in this demanding sector.

Great opportunities

Our partnerships with some of the UK’s biggest firms, also provide wide unique opportunities to secure exciting work placements and apprenticeships.

Showcase your talents

Motor vehicle students have previously held showcases to impress local employers with innovative practice, ideas and design.

Be part of the 'Learning Company'

Studying motor vehicle also means getting to take part in our unique learning company, working in the college’s authentic Live Garage based in Sutton-in-Ashfield.

As part of the learning company, students of all levels are given the opportunity to carry out repairs, maintenance and valets on real cars – these range from non-runners picked up at auction and needing a full revamp, to cars brought in by real customers (including the college principal, Andrew Cropley!). 

Under the guidance of experienced teachers, you will have the chance to diagnose and try out all sorts of different types of repairs, from tyre changes to clutch replacements and full MOTs, with the tasks getting more advanced as you progress.

Students are instrumental in every part of the process, from designing their own invoice templates, to checking in customers and operating the WNC Autocare email address. You will see what it is really like to work in the automotive industry, while honing your skills under the watchful eye of expert teachers.

As well as building a solid repertoire of automotive experience and technical expertise, you will also develop customer care, teamwork and problem-solving skills that will serve you in a wide range of different roles in the motor vehicle industry. In the Live Garage you’ll become an essential part of the college community, gaining vital experience that will help you secure your dream career in the future.

Motor Vehicle at West Notts College

Take a look at the college’s motor vehicle department’s green skills elements and hear more from staff and students about the training opportunities available in this new area of study.

Career Opportunities

Our facilities

The centre boasts some of the most impressive, state-of-the art equipment available.

Our motor vehicle workshops are equipped with a wide range of vehicles for students to undertake their engineering and repair skills on. There is the opportunity to work on vehicles such as vans, Range Rovers, kit cars and both petrol and electric hybrid cars.

Students have the opportunity to work with the latest tools and technologies available to motor vehicle technicians and engineers.

Study areas are well-lit, spacious and fully-ventilated to enable students to master their studies on engines, chassis, transmissions and frames as well as learning all of the health and safety aspect of this line of work.

Guided Campus Tour

Get a glimpse into the facilities you will be using as a motor vehicle student at West Notts College.


Motor vehicle news and press

  • We must all play our part in tackling engineering skills shortages

    On the launch of the 11th annual Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (6-10 November 2023), Benjamin Toule, head of the engineering department at West Nottinghamshire College, says education-providers and employers must work together to develop the workforce of the future.

    Posted: 06/11/2023
  • College celebrates ‘Good’ Ofsted result

    Staff and students at West Nottinghamshire College are celebrating following the publication of its latest Ofsted inspection report – which has graded it ‘good’ with areas of outstanding provision, and that makes a strong contribution to meeting its area’s skills needs.

    Posted: 07/06/2023
  • College showcases its work to Shadow Education Secretary

    Students and staff at West Nottinghamshire College showcased its work to provide high-quality education, training and career pathways when Shadow Education Secretary Bridget Phillipson MP visited its campuses.

    Posted: 25/04/2023

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