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Car Maintenance for Beginners

This course is for you if you would like to carry out simple repair tasks on your car but do not know where to start. The course is aimed at everyone, from the complete novice to the person who has ‘had a go’ but lacked the confidence to complete a service on their own.

During the course you will learn Health and Safety when working on motor vehicles and repair techniques for:
• Wheels and tyres.
• Braking systems.
• Cooling systems.
• Battery and charging systems.

All this will culminate in you being able to carry out a basic service on a car.
This will enable you to :
• Jack up vehicles safely and correctly
• Remove and refit wheels.
• Remove and refit brake pads.
• Check and measure braking components for wear or damage.
• Change engine oil and oil filter.
• Change radiator coolant.
• Check the cooling system for leaks plus test antifreeze content.
• Test and jump start the vehicle battery.
• Check charging rate of the alternator.
• Carry out an interim service on a car.

Entry Requirements

You should be able to bend and kneel easily, and be able to lift moderately heavy objects; i.e. a wheel and tyre.

This course is only available for 19+ students.

What do I need to bring?

- Steel Toecap Boots or Shoes.
- Overalls that cover your arms and legs.
- A pen to write with.

Assessment/Exam information

Swindon College Certification.

Other information

During the course you will receive expert tuition from well-qualified and experienced staff.

What can I do next?

Once this course is completed competently, there is an Intermediate Level course to progress on to.

Qualification description

College Certificate.

Course information & how to apply

Length Start Date End Date Course Fees Course Code
10 weeks per year 12 Sep 2018 21 Nov 2018 Tuition fee: £250.00
This course is for 19+ students only
UCAS/UKPASS Code: Not Applicable
Study type: Part Time
Times: 18:00 - 20:00
Hours per week: 2.00
Study days: WED

Any extra costs

Not Applicable

How to apply

To enrol on this course, please contact Student Service: 01793 491591 or email