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Schools 14-16 - ABC Level 1 Award Plus in Automotive Studies

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Level: 1

Location: Johnson Building

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Delivered in school years 10 and 11, this course is for students who wish to pursue an apprenticeship in the automotive industry or for those who may want to study this specialism post-16.

It is an exciting opportunity to develop occupational knowledge and undertake practical tasks in a state-of-the-art motor vehicle environment.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements include teacher assessments at 4/5 and a successful competitive interview and multiple choice test. Students should have a real interest in a career in the automotive industry.


Course Content

Mandatory Units:

  • Working in an automotive industry
  • Using engineering materials and skills
  • Remove and refit mechanical components
  • Introduction to basic automotive electrical principles

Additional Units:

  • Spark ignition engine systems, components and operation
  • Vehicle braking systems components and maintenance
  • Routine vehicle maintenance processes and procedures on vehicles
  • Vehicle wheels and tyres construction and maintenance
  • Vehicle exhaust systems components and maintenance

How will I be assessed?

Underpinning knowledge will be assessed 90% through job card evidence - with observations of practical tasks to assess competency - and 10% via external multiple choice online examinations.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Safety overalls and steel toe-capped boots are required. (Overalls must be purchased through Derby College).

What can I do after this course?

With the successful completion of this course, including the additional units and the necessary GCSE grades in Maths and English, it is possible to progress to the full-time Level 2 Diploma or Subsidiary Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair.

Again subject to achieving the necessary GCSE grades, a Light Vehicle apprenticeship is also possible - with confirmed employment in a suitable vehicle repair company.

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Sukjevan Dhindsa

Sukjevan Dhindsa

Motor Vehicle apprentice Jeeves on road to becoming Master Technician

Former Derby College motor vehicle student Sukjevan Dhindsa intends to go as far as he possibly can in his career as a motor technician.
Sukjevan – or Jeeves as he is better known to his friends – is aiming to become a Master Technician after being taken on as an apprentice with VW Parkway in Derby.
Jeeves who is 17 and from Sinfin, was offered the apprenticeship while on work placement as part of his full-time Motor Vehicle course with Derby College.
He joined VW Parkway in August and will shortly be embarking on VW's own apprenticeship training scheme at Milton Keynes.
Once qualified Jeeves would like to work towards every certificate on offer via VW until he becomes a Master Technician. It is the highest level attainable and a qualification which demonstrates diagnostics expertise in areas which include electrical systems, engine performance, heating and air conditioning and engine repair.
Jeeves is settling in well in his new role and is enjoying learning new things every day. He particularly likes working with engines and diagnostics and has found the experienced technicians at the dealership to be approachable and helpful.
Jeeves loved his time at Derby College and was impressed by both the theoretical and practical teaching he received there.
He said:

I would definitely recommend my college course. My message to potential students would be to go along to the induction days and enrolment days and find out all you can about the course that interests you. I wouldn't be where I am now without Derby College.

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