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Location: Johnson Building

Years: 1

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Course Summary

This Entry Level Three course is designed for those wishing to start their journey in light vehicle maintenance and repair with a view to embarking on a potential career in the motor industry. It is designed for school and college leavers who wish to take their first steps with a practical Motor Vehicle qualification but who still need to improve their English and maths.

Alongside the Motor Vehicle qualification, learners will work towards achieving their Functional Skills in Maths and English, as well as learning about the behaviours and skills sets required to progress within the motor industry and to support and enhance their life skills.

Entry requirements

You must have a passion for motor vehicles and an interest in mechanical components. You shoud also be willing to develop yourself futher and learn new skills.

An initial assessment will support your learning journey and will allow us to target areas for your development.

Course Content

You will study:

  • Health and safety awareness
  • Motor vehicle tools and equipment
  • Remove and replace a vehicle road wheel
  • Check and maintain car tyre pressures and tread
  • Routine braking system checks
  • Check and maintain vehicle fluid levels
  • Principles of engine components and operations
  • Introduction to vehicle exhaust systems
  • Routine light vehicle checks
  • Introduction to customer care
  • English (Functional Skills)
  • Maths (Functional Skills)
  • A minimum of five days' work experience in a motor vehicle environment

How will I be assessed?

Practical activities are assessed in our centre using externally set criteria.  Maths and English will be assessed through a final exam for Functional Skills.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You must provide your own steel toe-capped boots to be worn at all times in the workshops.  A £40 fee will be required for College overalls, sweatshirts and T-shirts.

What can I do after this course?

Students who complete this qualification and demonstrate the positive behaviours required could progress to our Level 1 programme in Motor Vehicle studies.


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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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