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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.


This course is run at the Johnson Building

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Jamie Rushton

Jamie Rushton

On the road to a career in the motor vehicle industry

Banger racing enthusiast Jamie Rushton has enjoyed tinkering with cars for as long as he can remember. So, when a Derby College motor vehicle apprenticeship came up at A&M Motors in Church Gresley, he seized the opportunity.

As the firm’s first apprentice, his progress has been so impressive that he is set to be taken on permanently when his training programme finishes in 2015.

Jamie appreciates the support he receives from his College tutors and assessors. He also enjoys his day release experience at The Garage, our commercial facility.

The apprenticeship links in perfectly with Jamie’s favourite past time of banger racing. He takes part in racing events all over the country.

I’m in the right job: I’ve always wanted to be around cars and I know I always will. I’ve carried out some quite demanding jobs since I started my apprenticeship. We also get the chance to learn different things at College and to talk to each other about what we’ve been doing at work.
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