Motor Vehicle

Our dedicated Vehicle Technology Centre (situated in Kempston) offers you a real life working environment. The centre is fully kitted out with engine and repair bays, paint mix and spray rooms and a body repair area – perfect for all budding mechanics. We offer a wide-range of full-time and part-time courses, with qualifications at a variety of levels – including apprenticeships – and many of our courses are run by the Institute of the Motor Industry.

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Why choose us?

Working in this vast and vital industry means you could find yourself repairing and maintaining prestige vehicles, rescuing someone from a breakdown, re-spraying the wing of a car, or assessing the damage after an accident for an insurance claim. You will need manual and mechanical expertise, but communication skills are vital too as you’ll be dealing with members of the public every day.

If you like the idea of working in lots of different places there are roles that will require travel – and others that will involve shift work and antisocial hours; but cars are an essential item for the majority of households and businesses and therefore the prospects are good. If you are already working in the motor mechanics trade, we offer part-time courses to improve and enhance your knowledge and skills. If you have a passion for cars, mechanical, electrical and electronic systems, a motor vehicle course could be just what you are looking for. As a Motor Vehicle student, you'll also have the opportunity to go on trips – students recently visited Santa Pod to watch drag racing.

Our facilities
Our Vehicle Technology Centre is fully kitted out with engine and repair bays, paint mix and spray rooms and a body repair area – it is the ultimate environment in which to learn if you are a budding vehicle technician. On your course you will learn techniques that are likely to become compulsory in the future.

Industry links
Our students also benefit from professional links with the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) as well as major employers in the area to keep abreast of industry changes: just one example is Vauxhall Motors, who have donated a number of ex-trial vehicles to us to help students test their diagnostic skills on the very latest technology.

Some of our students move on to Apprenticeships after their course: some with Vauxhall where they have had great experiences including being a member of a pit crew on the annual VXR Power Event, to servicing and preparing an ambulance for a 10,000 mile charity drive to Mongolia.


Student destinations

76% of our Motor Vehicle students continue their studies within further education whilst 18% go straight into employment or an apprenticeship.

Source: Bedford College FE Student Destinations 2013-14

Motor Vehicle courses

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