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In our Centre of Excellence for Automotive you’ll work in our state-of-the-art facility on industry-specific training vehicles, learning the skills required to move through the gears into a rewarding career. You’ll cover everything from basic maintenance and bodywork to diagnositics and fitting vehicle components.

During your time in our Centre of Excellence we'll help you develop the fundamental skills required to accelerate into a career in this exciting sector. You’ll also have the opportunity to obtain an industry standard driving qualifications.

Depending on your level of study you will complete up to 2 weeks' work experience with one or multiple employers, in either a single block or on seperate days during your course. You’ll also receive  ‘employability’ sessions that will equip you with the skills that you’ll need to thrive in the workplace. 

When you complete your journey in our Centre of Excellence for Automotive you will have all the skills you need to be ‘work ready’ and the qualifications you need to take the next steps towards an amazing career. 

Available Courses

While studying at our Centre of Excellence you can obtain qualifications ranging from Entry Level and Level 3 certificates through to Extended Diplomas. If you haven’t already obtained a Grade 4 GCSE in English or maths you’ll also study to achieve this level of qualification, which is a mandatory requirement of your course and essential for many careers. 

In our Centre of Excellence for Automotive you’ll develop an in-depth knowledge of this sector and gain work experience with industry leaders.

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The automotive sector offers a vibrant range of career options ranging from Motor Vehicle Technicians, with an average salary of £25,000 a year, to Service Managers who earn on average £38,000 a year.


We aim to bring together industry professionals and our talented students to help secure the best possible future for our students. These partnerships include: 


Explore our gallery. From our outstanding facilities to fantastic work placement opportunities, get a taste of what it’s like working in the industry and see what you can expect from studying at The Manchester College.

The support I have received has shown me that I can be successful and has really opened my eyes to the opportunities available to me. I have worked at Torr Garage which I really enjoyed. It was very hands on and practical and I got to work with real customers. I gained so much knowledge from it.
Jordan Burdess

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Find out more about Automotive, join us at our online event.

Join this online event to hear about our new Centre of Excellence in Automotive, where you could be studying on courses sponsored by brands like Audi, Moffatts and Tetrosyl. 

During the online event you'll hear from current tutors and students about Automotive courses at The Manchester College and the industry professional partners that offer work placements as part of your programme of study, be taken on a virtual tour of the Automotive workshops and facilities, and learn all about the different types of exciting careers that our automotive courses can lead to.

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