Foundation Level 1

Engineering and Motor Vehicle Maintenance

Are you interested in engineering? This hands-on 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
  • Work placement
  • 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/fabricator
  • Tractor driver/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.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about this course on our FAQs page.

Student Profile
Alex Brennan

Ambition: Garage owner

School: Sandbach Boys School

Age: 16

Set on becoming a garage owner, preferably in Spain where he has family connections, Alex spent his Level 1 course getting a good grounding in car mechanics, fabrication and welding and also learned how to service tractors.

He’s now learning more technical skills on our Level 2 IMI Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair course and plans to progress to Level 3 to gain as much knowledge and experience as possible.

He enjoyed the practical emphasis of our Level 1 course and even found the theory inspiring.

“It’s brilliant in the classroom because the tutors try and make it more fun for us by having a laugh and joke,” says Alex. “and if you’re struggling with something in the workshop there’s always someone there to help. But mainly you’re encouraged to try and do it yourself and you learn more that way.

“And provided you’ve done your course work you’re taken on trips out to places like Manchester Museum of Science and Industry. Reaseheath is a really good college and I’m so glad I came here.”