Light Vehicle Maintenance

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Qualification type: Diploma
Level: Level 1
Awarding body C&G
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018
Duration 1 year
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

Do you have a keen interest in how an automotive motor vehicle or an engine works?  This could be the starting point of an exciting career in the automotive industry.  This course is designed as the first step in your training toward being a Motor Vehicle Technician or mechanic.  You will work towards a Technical Diploma.

If you have not achieved a C grade or above in English or maths, you will as part of your course be required to work towards this as part of your study programme.  You will be given the opportunity to go on work experience at certain times during your course.

To develop your employability opportunities you may also be given enrichment classes. This may focus upon additional qualifications, industrial updating and career preparation.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade E or above in English and maths. You will be required to undergo an initial assessment that tests your maths and English. This needs to be passed at a Level 1 grade. We will request a school or college report and you will attend an interview at the college.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

You will spend approximately six hours a week on practical development in our fully equipped motor vehicle workshop. You will also be timetabled for approximately six hours a week classroom study, two hours of Functional Skills development and tutorial allocation.

How will I be assessed

You will be working towards practical and theory based tests. The practical tests will take place in the workshop and you will also sit two online exams. These are some of the elements you will study:

Theory and practical elements:

  • Knowledge and skills in health, safety and good housekeeping
  • Knowledge and skills to support working relationships
  • Introduction to vehicle technology and workshop methods and processes
  • Carry out basic routine vehicle maintenance
  • Vehicle hand skills and manufacturing techniques
Things you may need

You will need to provide a pair of overalls, safety boots and safety glasses. Information on obtaining these will be available during enrolment. You will also need to buy a workbook which will cost approximately £20.

What next

On completing this course you can progress onto a full time Level 2 qualification or start an Apprenticeship.

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

Enquiry Form

If you have any questions about this course, send us a message using the form below.

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