Before you start
Congratulations on successfully obtaining a place on one of our dynamic Motor Vehicle courses here at BCA. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our department and supporting you in achieving an industry-led qualification in your chosen career in motor vehicles.
Please find below some key information that we hope you will find beneficial to have before starting your course and which clearly outlines our expectations of what you need to organise/have ready in order to complete your course successfully.
There will be an expected requirement for students to have access to an electronic device and internet at home.
- Overalls (no external metal fastenings) and safety boots are compulsory for all practical sessions. They may be purchased from places like Screwfix etc. These will need to be brought with you on your first day and will be stored in your personal locker. Safety Glasses would also be expected as part of your PPE. You may also wish to purchase disposable gloves.
Not supplied by BCA:
- A4 lever arch file, for handouts, revision papers and mock test papers.
- A4 notepad, pens, pencils and rulers.
All Level 1 (ABC and C&G) students will be required to purchase a coursebook called Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Level 1 as key elements of the course will be delivered using this book. This book will be available to purchase via Wisepay at a discounted rate. Cost: £22.39.
All Level 2 (ABC and C&G) students will be required to purchase a coursebook called Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Level 2 as key elements of the course will be delivered using this book. This book will be available to purchase via Wisepay at a discounted rate. Cost: £27.99.
Jewellery and piercings that are loose fitting may have to be removed, this will be at the discretion of your instructor in the workshop. No metal objects to be worn when working around or with hybrid and electrical vehicles and equipment.
As part of your motor vehicle study program you are required to carry out industry placement. This can be completed in a vehicle service and repair workshop, parts supplier or rapid fit centre. The dates are listed below but subject to change depending on industry requirements.
It is helpful if you can find your own industry placement near home. BCA will support you in ensuring your industry placement meets all the requirements of the programme. All employers accepting industry placement students will be visited to ensure that they comply with health and safety regulations, have the correct insurance and are familiar with the aims of the Industry Placement programme.
Level 1 students
- 1 week – Students will complete 1 week (5 days) of industry placement. Expect this week to be mid-May if you join us with grades 4 or above in GCSE Maths and English Language, or mid-June if you will be taking either or both these GCSEs with BCA
- 1 weeks in November 2022
- 2 weeks in January 2023 followed by 1 day per week till the end of the academic year
- 2 weeks in October 2022 followed by 1 day per week till the end of the academic year
If you have a placement please bring the details on enrolment day.
The Motor Vehicle department is a safe space for learning to take place. We expect our students to conduct themselves in a manner that allows a respectful environment. During the first week, we will go through the student code of conduct which will support you in keeping with these expected values. This will include being on time for classes and ready to engage in learning.
All students and parents/guardians will be required to sign a contract at enrolment that pledges commitment to adhering to our code of conduct which takes into account appropriate behaviour/attitude, attendance, submission of work. All students are given a six week probationary period at the end of which progress and performance will be reviewed. Students that do not adhere to our code of conduct and who do not make sufficient progress in those first 6 weeks will be asked to leave the course and without formal disciplinary action. Equally some students may decide the course is not right for them and decide to leave, in which case we are more than happy to support them in finding an alternative course either here at BCA or another College.
Timetables are subject to change within the first 6 weeks of the academic year. Your days in college may alter so we recommend not to seek employment for non college days until after this period to avoid any problems.
Students are expected to be dressed for a work environment. Hoods, caps or hats should not be worn in teaching sessions. In practical session safety boots and overalls must be correctly worn.
Jewellery and piercings that are loose fitting may have to be removed, this will be at the discretion of your instructor in the workshop. All jewellery to be removed when working with and around Hybrid and Electrical vehicles
You will be expected to wear your ID and lanyard supplied by the college at all times outside the workshop environment. If you lose your ID there will be a £5-00 charge to replace a lost ID card.
Mobile Phones and Electronic Devices
The use of mobile phones and electronic devices during practical and theory lessons are restricted to directed use by the staff member taking the session. We advise that students turn phones off or store them securely out of use during practical and theory lessons to avoid the temptation of using the device. Where this rule is being ignored or broken we may request that the device is left securely in the staff office at the beginning of the day and collected at the end of the day.
Food and Drink
Food and drink (except water) are not allowed in the classroom and workshop areas.
BCA has a student locker system, which is compulsory on enrolment. The cost is £30 for the year. £20 will be refunded on return of the key and following inspection for no damage at the end of the course. Payments are to be made via Wisepay account at enrolment stage.