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Exploring Automotive Skills (Refinishing, Vehicle Maintenance, Motorcycle) Certificate

This entry-level certificate is the perfect starting point if you would like to develop your literacy and numeracy skills in an automotive environment, building essential skills in a practical setting.

This course will help improve your understanding of vehicles and aspects of the automotive industry through practical lessons delivered in our fantastic workshop facilities.

You will also build your confidence through theoretical studies and classroom based activity, ensuring you develop the essential skills necessary to progress to an appropriate course at South Devon College. Upon completion you will be able to progress onto our L1 Diplomas in either Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair, Vehicle Body Repair / Refinishing or Motorcycle Maintenance.

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Shaun started teaching after spending 23 years in the Infantry, leaving as a Company Sergeant Major. During his time he has under taken many roles within the Infantry from a Mortar Fire Controller to working within Intelligence gathering. Shaun has served in Northern Ireland seven times, Europe, Africa, America, Bosnia and Afghanistan. Whilst serving, Shaun also spent two years working within the Search and Rescue Organisation.​Shaun Aston

Paignton Campus – Vantage Point

This course is available at our Vantage Point Campus. 

Our inspirational Paignton Campus provides the very best learning environment, featuring state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

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Have you considered...

We have courses to suit everyone so if you haven’t found exactly what you’re looking for yet, we recommend you take a look at the following courses. We’ve selected these for you based on your interests.

Level 2Automotive Vehicle Body Repair and Refinishing

Level 3Vehicle Paint Refinishing Diploma

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