Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 220 Conc £102 Full £364 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Thursday 18:15 - 20:45 11 MAC 20/09/2018 06/12/2018 MV1025
Wednesday 18:15 - 20:45 11 MAC 09/01/2019 27/03/2019 MV2025
Thursday 18:15 - 20:45 11 MAC 02/05/2019 18/07/2019 MV3025

What will the course cover?

The practical content of the course includes basic servicing, replacement of service parts, fault diagnosis, M.O.T. preparation / inspection, and minor repairs. The theory content will cover major vehicle systems like the engine, suspension and steering, tyres, brakes, electrics, types of insurance cover and how to buy secondhand cars. After 10 weeks you should have gained an increased knowledge and understanding of how cars work along with specific information of how to keep your own car in good working order as well as the language and confidence needed to deal more successfully with mechanics and the motor trade in general.

Who is the course for?

This course is for car owners who would like to reduce the cost of car ownership by gaining a better understanding of the modern motor vehicle and its systems. This hands-on course will enable you to get underneath the skin of the motor car and examine more closely the various systems and their components. You will learn how to carry out a variety of maintenance activities including servicing, checking condition of brake components and replacing other minor worn parts.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

No previous experience required except a keenness to get your hands dirty whilst getting to grips with the ‘nuts and bolts’ of car maintenance.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

Change engine oil, oil filter and spark plugs on a vehicle. Change a road wheel with confidence. Apply Health and Safety (‘HandS’) procedures whilst carrying out maintenance of own motor vehicle. Be able to inspect and assess the condition of front brake components. State at least 3 differences between electrical and electronic systems. Name at least 4 steering components and learn tyre technology, (‘cracking the code’). Identify how an engine produces power. Identify at least 5 components of the fuel and exhaust systems . State the importance of correct engine tuning and the elements that affect it. Describe 3 techniques to maintain bodywork in top condition. State at least 6 requirements for The M.O.T. test. Identify 6 things to look out for when buying used vehicles.

How is the course organised?

The course is organised into weekly sessions which will include a mixture of practical workshop activities and demonstrations combined with individual projects. There will also be classroom based theory sessions mixed with group discussions on a variety of related subjects ranging from ‘cowboy’ garages, sat-navs, speed cameras, traffic wardens, parking fines, car auctions and many more, usually drawn from the group’s own experiences.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

Reading of class notes, handouts, car Workshop Manuals such as Haynes or AutoData, related magazines such as: Car Mechanics, Auto Express, What Car and Used Car Buyer, Practical Classics. Search on-line for information from sites like, , and various car forum websites. Visit car shows and exhibitions like the British Motor Show, Canary Wharf Expo, Classic Car Show, Race Car Live, Glorious Goodwood, etc.

How will my progress be assessed?

Verbal feedback from tutor of tasks carried out in the workshop, informal motor vehicle knowledge test, observation of practical tasks.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Having completed the course, students may consider either Car Maintenance Intermediate or move on to an accredited course to take their learning further. Ask your tutor for further details, or look out for the information on our website.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

Replacement parts for your own vehicle (may need to discuss with tutor first) and your car’s owners’ hand book or Haynes owners workshop manual. You will need boots or if preferred, stout leather shoes, (no trainers or ‘soft shoes’ will be allowed), and overalls/boiler suit or old street clothing. You will also need notepad, pencil and pen. Please note: If you’re intending to change engine oil please bring a suitable empty container with you to take the old oil away. We have no storage for old oil. Dispose of at your local recycling centre. As we have no storage room all vehicles and ancillary items including used engine oil and components must be removed at the end of each session.

What support is available?

You may wish to get additional help and guidance offered through the free Study Support Sessions at the Macbeth Centre. At these sessions you can access the internet, work on and print homework and assignments for your course, research, access a range of software, improve your typing and practice/review what you have covered in class. You will need to book a place on these sessions – ask your tutor how. Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. If you have a disability and feel you need support to get the best from your course you can contact Sean Buckley ( to have a confidential discussion on how best we can support your learning. The Learner Support Fund is a discretionary scheme, funded by the Skills Funding Agency, to assist learners who may be experiencing difficulties in paying for essential equipment/materials, travel costs, childcare, registration fees and other necessary expenses. These funds are only available to learners studying towards an approved qualification and who are on a low household income of under £20,000. Parental income will not be taken into consideration but the income of any spouse or partner will. Proof of low income will be required. Please discuss this with your tutor at interview or enquire at reception for full details of these funds. Details of all available support can be found on our website (, in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or reception staff.