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Level: 1

Location: Johnson Building

Years: 1

Weeks: 24

Hours: 3.50

Start: 14/09/2021

Days / Times: Tuesday 16:30 to 20:00

Tuition (£): 780.00*
Full Concession: (0 Tuition/Exam Fee) available dependant on eligibility – A Full Concession is not applicable to a full-cost course

Concessions: 300.00***

Interview: N

Course Summary

Employing almost 6,500 people in the region, the Vehicle Maintenance and Repair industry provides a key service to the public and businesses alike, keeping the region's vehicles mobile.

The industry is split across Independent Garages (85%) and Franchised Garages (15%) and roles in these businesses typically include:

  • Vehicle Technician
  • Fast Fit Technician
  • Diagnostic Technician
  • Master Technician
  • MOT Tester
  • Tyre Fitter
  • HGV Technician
  • Panel Beater
  • MET Technician
  • Paint Sprayer
  • Customer Advisor

This Level 1 Award is designed to introduce you to the mechanical aspect of servicing and repairing vehicles and to provide you with the skills to apply for work in the independent garages in this sector.

 

Entry requirements

You need to have an interest and passion for the vehicle industry and be keen to learn in a hands-on environment.

 

Course Content

The qualification for this course is the ABC Level 1 Award in Motor Vehicle Studies and will include topics/units covering:

  • Health and Safety for Motor Vehicle Studies
  • Introduction to Vehicle Inspection
  • Introduction to Vehicle Wheels and Tyres
  • Introduction to Vehicle Exhaust Systems

 

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be through a range of activities including:

  • Written task sheets
  • Reports
  • Group discussions
  • Presentations
  • Professional discussion

 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You need overalls and safety boots as you will be studying in a practical environment.

 

What can I do after this course?

Completion of this course will give you a vital insight into the Vehicle Maintenance and Repair industry and will support the application and interview process to help you gain employment with a local/regional employer in the Fast Fit sector.

 

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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Johnson Building

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Tommy Featherstone

Tommy Featherstone

Derby College shaped career direction for garage owner Tommy

Opening his own garage is a dream come true for former Derby College motor vehicle student Tommy Featherstone.
 
 
Tommy, who has been passionate about cars since childhood, completed levels 2 and 3 in motor vehicle maintenance at the Roundhouse a few years ago.
 
 
Now 29, he recently opened Tommy’s Motors in Shardlow – his own automotive business selling cars, repairing them and carrying out MOT tests.
 
 
Tommy’s love of cars began when, as young boy, he’d spend hours watch his dad fixing them. As he got older, he learned how to do repairs himself, and when he was just 15, his parents gave him £100 to buy a VW Polo to restore.
 
 
After leaving school in 2009 with A levels in business and economics, Tommy looked for a Motor Vehicle apprenticeship but struggled to find one due to the recession. 
 
 
He said: "I had various jobs at garages – not all of them great. That’s when I thought I’d be better off going to college full-time and getting my Motor Vehicle qualifications so I could open my own garage and work for myself. I enrolled at Derby College to take level 2 in Motor Vehicle Maintenance, then moved on to level 3. What I learned at college was really useful. It helped to shape the direction I’ve taken.”
 
 
Tommy enjoyed the course and liked the hands-on aspect of working on cars.
 
 
He added: “We had the opportunity to work on customers’ cars in the Johnson Building and I was asked to do this a few times so the lecturers must have thought I was fairly competent! 
 
 
“Also, having level 2 and 3 qualifications helped a lot when I was applying to become a qualified MOT tester.”

I had various jobs at garages – not all of them great. That’s when I thought I’d be better off going to college full-time and getting my Motor Vehicle qualifications so I could open my own garage and work for myself. I enrolled at Derby College to take level 2 in Motor Vehicle Maintenance, then moved on to level 3. What I learned at college was really useful. It helped to shape the direction I’ve taken.

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