Access to Motor Vehicle SCQF Level 3

What is special about this course?

This course provides a general introduction to the motor vehicle industry, providing insight into the various career paths. You will enhance and develop your skills and knowledge by learning about the various different motor vehicle systems, mixing practical and classroom-based sessions.

By the end of this course you will have covered engine operation and maintenance, chassis systems, emission control and electrical component function. You will be able to use general tools and will have gained practical experience in removal and fitting of different components.

This course is taught within a relaxed, friendly and supportive environment, allowing you to take your first step towards a future career in the industry.



Entry requirements

  • Your personal statement will reflect your desire to learn this subject but core skills in communication, maths and information technology at National 3 will be preferred.
  • You may be asked to attend an interview.

Units include:

  • Health and safety
  • Maintenance and repair
  • Introduction to hand tools
  • Workshop cleaning and maintenance
  • Introduction to engine components and operation
  • Introduction to light vehicle steering and suspension systems
  • Routine braking system checks
  • Routine wheel and tyre checks
  • Introduction to workshop environments
  • Vehicle lighting system maintenance


Students require safety footwear and overalls. This will be provided.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Full time face-to-face

How long will my course last?

18 Weeks

Where can I study my course?

    • Inverness Campus

Start date



If you have been living in the UK for at least 3 years, are ordinary resident in Scotland before the course start date it is likely that you will not have to pay fees for your full time course.  Please check our Fee Waiver Policy.

Full time students will automatically receive the fee waiver if they are eligible. We will use the information provided on your course application form to determine whether you are eligible. 

Scottish students

Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)






Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)




International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)


Full time 


 Fees are payable on enrolment each academic year.

Please contact if you have any further questions on fees.

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Apply for Access to Motor Vehicle SCQF Level 3

Applications for this subject are currently closed.

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Inverness. UHI Inverness operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.