Stepping your career up a gear

Our large multi-bay workshops in Abingdon are perfect if you love nothing more than working on cars and bikes and want to turn that into a positive career choice. We use Snap-on tools and other specialist equipment to recreate a working garage environment.

Supercharge your studies

Our Motor Vehicle tutors (and some students) have direct links to the industry, such as Williams F1 and McLaren, which can lead to some amazing experiences!

Driving your ambition

Our students go on to some pretty inspiring places after college. We’ve had apprentices at the BMW plant in Oxford, various main dealership technical workshops, and working as accident and repair specialists – the opportunities are there to progress to many positive destinations.

Want to spend your time with your head under the bonnet rather than in a textbook?

By testing, fixing, tweaking, and learning you will gain a strong practical, technical and academic understanding of vehicle components and operations.

You will diagnose and repair a wide range of light vehicles in our state-of-the-art facilities, gaining skills valued by employers. Assignments will apply a theoretical framework to your practical work, ensuring you're progressing in the right direction.

There are trips to major employers too to give you industry insights, such as visiting Mercedes-Benz World in Surrey.

Studying Motor Vehicle courses at college will set you on the right path to working with large manufacturers, for independent garages, roadside assistance organisations or any number of exhilarating careers routes.

Toby James

Toby James

Toby joined Abingdon & Witney College straight from Oxford Brookes University, where he studied Sports, Coaching and Physical Education.

First teaching within the Sports department at the College, whilst also gaining his PGCE, he is now Curriculum Manager for Digital Technologies and Motor Vehicle.

“The best thing about being here is every day is different and there’s always a new challenge to face.

There’s great satisfaction in following our students’ journeys through college and seeing the positive influence you can have. It makes it worth getting out of bed in the morning! I also enjoy seeing the staff in our department develop and progress their careers further.

The support students receive is second-to-none and you can tell it really makes a difference to them. That, and the fact we treat them like adults, keeps students engaged with their courses.”

Did you know?

Jack

IMI Level 2 - Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

Previous school:
King Alfred's Academy


I'm a hands-on learner and when I saw that the college offered motor vehicle courses, it was the ideal fit. I had looked into apprenticeships too but I realised I needed some more training first.

Being here, it's a more grown up environment than secondary school, as a lot of the work is on your own shoulders which I like. The support is still there from my tutor and classmates if I need it.

When I finish Level 1, I'm thinking about moving onto Level 2 or having another go at finding an apprenticeship.


The course helps expand my mindset about owning my own workshop, which is the ultimate goal after finishing college.

We get to go on trips that educate you about the different types of careers you go in to, like working at BMW in Oxford, and this really helps to clarify what we're learning back at college.

There is more freedom and respect from our tutors, who give feedback which we can use going forward.

I chose the course because I know I’m interested in the motor vehicle industry and now I get to learn the subject practically.

Michael

IMI Level 2 - Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

Previous school:
Fitzharrys School


There are lots of challenges to the course to keep me interested and I find that I'm always learning something new each time I go back into the garage. Having all these cars to work on means I can develop skills in all areas and that will give me more career options in the future.

It's fun gaining skills in a subject I’m really interested in. There's a great vibe in the workshops - the tutors have lots of experience and we benefit from that.

Your future career

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Motor Vehicle Course Listings

Basic Car Maintenance

Part Time FPAN003P

This course is specifically aimed at females who wish to enhance and develop their understanding of basic car maintenance and servicing. Using our state-of-the-art facilities, you will learn a range of technical and practical skills supported by our ...

4th Jun 2020 - 2nd Jul 2020

Thursday

Motor Vehicle

Abingdon Campus

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Basic Car Maintenance

Part Time FPAN002P

Using our state-of-the-art facilities, you will learn a range of technical and practical skills supported by our specialist Motor Vehicle staff. The course is ideal for those with a keen interest in becoming more self-sufficient in the basic elements...

23rd Apr 2020 - 21st May 2020

Thursday

Motor Vehicle

Abingdon Campus

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IMI Level 2 - Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

School Leaver FFAD106P

The IMI Level 2 Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair course can help you take your first steps towards a career in the Motor Vehicle industry. Through a combination of practical experience and written assignments, the course provides learners with th...

9th Sep 2019 - 3rd Jul 2020

Monday to Friday

Motor Vehicle

Abingdon Campus

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Intermediate Car Maintenance and Servicing

Part Time FPAR102P

This course is ideal for those with a keen interest in becoming more self-sufficient in maintaining their own car and preparing it for a service or MOT. Ideally learners will have undertaken the Basic Car Maintenance course or be able to demonstrate ...

2nd Jun 2020 - 30th Jun 2020

Tuesday

Motor Vehicle

Abingdon Campus

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Level 1 - Light Vehicle Transport Maintenance

School Leaver FFAK200P

The IMI Level 1 - Light Vehicle Transport Maintenance course can help you take your first steps towards a career in the Motor Vehicle industry. Through a combination of practical experience and written assignments, the course provides learners with t...

9th Sep 2019 - 3rd Jul 2020

Monday to Friday

Motor Vehicle

Abingdon Campus

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