Foundation Level 1

Engineering and Motor Vehicle Maintenance

Are you interested in engineering? This very practical course offers you a great introduction to a range of engineering skills including using hand tools, welding and electrical wiring.

You’ll spend plenty of practical sessions in our specially equipped workshops developing your knowledge and skills around the maintenance of automotive and agricultural vehicles.

This course will help you build work related skills in preparation for further training or employment.

Course includes

What will I study?

  • Tractor and buggy driving
  • Electrical wiring
  • Engine dismantling
  • Welding – Mig/Arc
  • Working with hand tools
  • Vehicle repair
  • Health and safety
  • Personal development classes
  • Preparation for interview
  • Job applications and course applications
  • You will undertake a 2-3 week work placement
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 1 year, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • You do not need any formal entry requirements to enrol on this course

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Semi-skilled mechanic for dealership
  • Mechanic on large mechanised farm
  • Welder and fabricator
  • Tractor driver or mechanic
Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2018 the tuition fees and exam costs are free for our courses. If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay a fee.

You may also be required to pay costs associated with study tours or additional qualifications.

For more information on fees and to find out about what financial support may be available to you visit the student finance pages on our website.


Our college buses pick up over 1,400 students each day from a wide area. From September 2018 all college bus routes to Reaseheath will be FREE. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for 785 students. If you are aged over 16 and studying on a full-time course you may apply for a residential place. Visit the accommodation pages on our website for more information.

How do I apply?

If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply now online. For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website.

Student Profile
Thomas Maddox

Ambition: Mobile technician

School: The Grove School, Market Drayton

Age: 17

Thomas has always enjoyed working with big agricultural machinery and since he’s been at Reaseheath he’s mapped out the career which he thinks will suit him best.

Using this hands-on Level 1 course to give him a good grounding in agricultural engineering, Thomas has moved onto our Level 2 Diploma in Land Based Technology and then plans to progress onto our Level 3 Extended Diploma which offers a middle year in industry.

Inspired by the experiences of other successful students, Thomas wants to spend this work placement in the USA, helping to bring in the grain harvest by operating technologically sophisticated combines.

Once he’s gained his Level 3 qualification he hopes to join a leading company as a mobile techinician or go self-employed.

“I think Reaseheath is the best college around. It’s got a really good reputation for agricultural engineering,” says Thomas, who came to us straight after GCSEs.

“The Level 1 course is good because you’re learning stuff that interests you. You’ve also got a practical session every day to look forward to. Tractor driving with everyone else is a real laugh and the lecturers are really helpful.”