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Introduction to Car Maintenance

This is an introductory taster course is ideal for those wishing to learn the basics of motor vehicle maintenance. Additionally, this course will suit taxi drivers who might wish to cut the costs of routine maintenance.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This course has starts dates on the following dates:

  • Monday 8th January 2018
  • Monday 26th February 2018
  • Monday 16th April 2018

You will attend college on a Monday evening from 6.00pm - 9.00pm for three weeks.

What will I study?

You will learn a range of skills to assist with basic vehicle maintenance including:

  • How to remove and refit a road wheel if you get a flat tyre
  • How to change wiper blades
  • How to change light bulbs
  • How to change your own brakes
  • How to complete oil and filter changes
  • Understand the signals and signs that your car will give to highlight maintenance requirements

By learning some of these simple tasks it will result in potential savings on garage and mechanic costs. You will be fully supported by the tutor.

How is it assessed?

There is no formal assessment. the course is aimed to increase your own knowledge of the subject matter.

The course will be based in the workshop to give you the maximum experience and worksheets will be used to collate information for you to refer back to at home.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

There are no formal requirements to start the programme, although you will need to provide your own boots and overalls.

What are the course fees?

This three-week workshop will cost £30. Course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. For more information on financial support that may be available, please click here.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

This course could be a fantastic way for you to save yourself money in the long term on garage costs. In addition, it's a great step into a potential career in the automotive industry. You may decide to progress on to one of our full time automotive courses.

I'm interested in this course, what do I do next?

If you would like any further information in relation to this course, please contact our enquiries team directly on 0800 99 66 99 or email enquire @ sthelens.ac.uk or drop into our next Enrolment and Information Event. Alternatively, submit an application form to secure a place.

Ref: Ian Dolan



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