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Level: 1

Location: Johnson Building

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course is for school students, where the school has agreed to fund the placement.

The ABC Level 1 Award in Automotive Studies (601/7542/4)* has been developed to provide students with the technical knowledge and skills needed in the automotive sector.

The UK automotive industry is a vital part of the UK economy, worth more than £82 billion turnover, and employs around 168,000 people directly in manufacturing. If you love cars and enjoy fixing things, a career in the automotive aftersales industry could be ideal for you. You’ll be in a hands-on role repairing, servicing and operating on all aspects of vehicle mechanics and electrics.

Students will have the chance to learn in our purpose-built, high-specification workshops so you’ll benefit from the latest technology such as electronic and computer diagnostic equipment.

This course is delivered over two years, starting in Year 10, and students will study at the Roundhouse (Johnson Building) one day a week.

*qualification featured on the DfE KS4 Performance Tables

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, you just need a strong interest in cars and mechanics.

You will be assessed during the first term at College to ensure this is the most suitable course for you, with fall-back options available.

Course Content

You will need to complete four mandatory units plus an external examination.

  • Working in an automotive industry environment – learn the basics of health and safety issues in the automotive industry and explore different career opportunities in the automotive sector. Find out more about the environmental issues that are linked to the automotive industry.

Weighting: 6% of the qualification

Assessment: Internal

  • Using engineering materials and skills – investigate different materials and their properties and learn how to safely use these materials and skills in order to create an accessory or tool. 

Weighting: 18% of the qualification

Assessment: Internal

  • Remove and re-fit mechanical components – learn about the processes and procedures that are required to remove and re-fit mechanical components in a safe manner and how to report on the condition of the components. 

Weighting: 18% of the qualification

Assessment: Internal

  • Introduction to basic automotive electrical principles – discover the basic principles of automotive electrics and explore the different types of batteries and lighting systems. 

Weighting: 18% of the qualification

Assessment: Internal

  • Multiple-choice synoptic exam – you will be tested on all the technical knowledge and skills you have learned through the duration of this course.

Weighting: 40% of the qualification

Assessment: External examination

How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessed through a mixture of internal assignments and an external examination.

All four units and the multiple-choice exam must be successfully completed to gain this qualification.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Students must wear steel toe-cap boots and safety overalls (purchased through Derby College Group) in the workshop. You will be required to supply your own writing materials.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

Upon completion of the qualification, and depending on the grades achieved and other qualifications achieved, students may wish to progress to:

  • The Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair
  • The Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair
  • An apprenticeship programme at Level 2 or 3
  • A-levels 

You will be able to access advice and guidance while studying at the College to learn more about the post-16 opportunities available for you.

Careers

Further study can lead to a variety of careers, including:

  • Vehicle technician
  • Vehicle body repairer
  • Motorsport engineer
  • Garage manager

For more information, email the 14-16 team at 14-16@derby-college.ac.uk

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Suhayl Bhikha

Suhayl Bhikha

Halfords and Derby College offer career switch from shopfront to Autocentre floor

The UK’s leading retailer of motoring products and services Halfords has teamed up with Derby College so that a talented employee can switch from the retail shop front to the Autocentre shop floor.
 
The move comes as part of a rolling company scheme which gives Halfords’ retail colleagues a chance to change direction and retrain as vehicle mechanics if they want a change in career path.
 
Suhayl Bhikha, 27, decided to apply to become a trainee mechanic and Derby College Group apprentice when he saw an internal email offering a potential new career.
 
He was highly praised in his role as a customer service adviser at Halfords’ Wyvern retail site but decided he wanted a new challenge.
 
Now he is six months into a two-year apprenticeship at the Halfords’ Autocentre based in Wyvern next door to his old job and working towards his Level 2 Autocare qualification at Derby College. He goes into the Johnson Building one day a week for workshop and classroom studies and regularly receives visits and phone calls at work from the college for appraisals and assessments. Throughout, he is mentored and trained on the job by experienced colleagues at Halfords.
 
Dave Nichols, who looks after the day to day running of the Halfords Autocentres’ apprentice programme, started as an apprentice himself 25 years ago in Essex. The company has 313 Autocentres and more than 120 apprentices on its books.
 
Dave said: “We chose Derby College for the qualification it provides, and its expertise and facilities. We had done some work with the college in the past, for part-time employment, and we were impressed by the quality of people who came through. The travelling distance is also good for our apprentices – we work with a lot of colleges across the UK and we want to give the best offer we possibly can for them.
 
“We’ve done a lot of work with our retail arm to give people opportunities to move around in the business and to give the right people the opportunity to move onto an apprenticeship. A lot of people may have been doing really well in retail but the next step was to go into a management role. Some of our colleagues don’t want to do that, it’s not the right pathway for them. This is a very real alternative for progression within the business.”
 
Suhayl said he was learning something new every time he went into college.
 
He said: “It’s good – very interesting. The company and college work well together. There’s a different challenge every day, whereas next door it was pretty much the same thing all the time. I applied for the apprenticeship because Halfords look after you and I wanted a career. I’ll get my qualification and decide from there what’s next for me.”
 
Dave said that Halfords offers its apprentices the opportunity to take Level 3 under its own internal training scheme and this allows them to  become accredited and then to become an MOT Tester. The company is due to take on a new cohort of apprentices in September, with the possibility of a further role coming up at its Derby West Autocentre

It’s good – very interesting. The company and college work well together.

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