This is a hand-on practical course delivered in the comprehensive automotive workshops at the Stenton Campus (Glenrothes), it covers practical area such as vehicle maintenance and repair, wheels & tyres, brakes, electrical, maintenance and safety checks, as well as an understanding of the vehicle trades such as fitting, electrical, service reception, valeting, paint operations roadside assistance, etc.


  • This is a mainly workshop based programme, encompassing 5 core units associated with an introduction to vehicle layouts, wheels & tyres, suspension & braking systems, and a modification project.
  • 2 Afternoon sessions per week for 1 year
  • Tuesday and Thursday 2-4pm
  • September to June
  • Workshop Health & Safety
  • Automotive Skills: The Garage
  • Automotive Skills: The Technician
  • Automotive Skills: The Car
  • Automotive Skills: The Vehicle Modification Project
  • Work based Skills Challenge
  • A minimum of two National 3's and one National 4
  • Or above in Maths, English and a Technology/Practical subject

Attainment of this course would count towards the "Technical Skill" entry requirement in our level 5 programmes, so you would only then require to attain National 4 Mathematics and English. Then subject to successful interview and a positive ILR Learner Record you could potentially attain a place on one of the following Level 5 programmes:

  • Skills for Work Engineering (School Pupils Only)
  • IMI Award: Transport Maintenance IMI Level 1
  • NC Fabrication and Welding
  • NC Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Practical Skills 

Completion of this and further courses can lead to modern apprenticeship or employment as a trainee in a wide range of engineering and technology jobs, such as: 

  • mechanical
  • electrical
  • automotive
  • fabrication and welding
  • maintenance
  • manufacturing/machining
  • valve/pump maintenance
  • and other related renewable technologies
  • Application, aptitude test and a successful individual interview.