This Level 2 Certificate in Vehicle Component Fitting qualification is ideal for learners aged 14-19 years who are interested in learning about the maintenance of motor vehicles. The qualification has a predominantly practical approach to assessment. It supports the learner's progress into the retail motor vehicle industry and to a Level 2 Vocational Competence Qualification (VCQ)
You must have achieved BOTH Maths and English GCSE at grade 3 or above and should have either passed the mechanical comprehension entrance test or gained a motor vehicle qualification at Level 1, alongside having a successful interview.
Learners will develop their knowledge of:
1. health, safety and good housekeeping in the automotive environment. 2. removal and fitting of basic light vehicle mechanical, electrical and trim (MET) components and non-permanently fixed vehicle body panels. 3. materials, fabrication, tools, equipment and measuring devices in the automotive environment. 4. systems, components and operation of spark ignition engines and compression ignition engine systems.
Optional units for inspection and replacement of light vehicle components include: 1. exhaust components. 2.vehicle batteries and related components. 3.suspension dampers and springs. 4.braking systems and components
Learners must demonstrate their selected units' learning outcomes by following and achieving the required assessment components. The assessments for these qualifications combine various assessment styles/methodologies, including written, practical and online tests, in order to suit the levels and subject of the units contained within them.
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.
Subject to achieving the Level 2 Certificate in Vehicle Component Fitting and achieving both Maths and English at grade 4 you can progress to the Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (VRQ)
You could progress to an apprenticeship or full-time employment within the motor vehicle industry.
Giving talks to thousands of people at automotive industry events across the USA holds no fears for former Derby College motor vehicle apprentice Cat Treanor.
Cat, who is business development manager with Electude UK, a world-leading automotive e-learning company, has spoken at venues in New York, California and Texas to name just a few.
And, as a STEM ambassador, a voluntary role, she also goes into schools and colleges to talk to students about rewarding opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.
Now nearly 27, Cat loves to give talks but is convinced she wouldn’t be doing this had it not been for the lecturers on her motor vehicle engineering level 3 course at the Johnson Building.
She said: “Through my public speaking I’ve been able to reach and inspire thousands of people in one go and last year I won an award for my work promoting diversity in the trade. Public speaking is the thing I’m most proud of and I’m so thankful to the Derby College lecturers who encouraged me to try it. Without them I wouldn’t have known I was capable of addressing a roomful of people.”
Through STEM and her job, Cat – the 2013 winner of Derby College’s Manufacturing and Engineering Apprenticeship award – remains keen to do all she can to encourage more women into the automotive industry.
She added: “The situation is improving – we’ve seen more girls joining the sector in recent years – but progress is slow. The measures designed to inspire female students take time to feed through. However, with the electric vehicle revolution the trade is changing and needs a new kind of technician.”
Through my public speaking I’ve been able to reach and inspire thousands of people in one go and last year I won an award for my work promoting diversity in the trade. Public speaking is the thing I’m most proud of and I’m so thankful to the Derby College lecturers who encouraged me to try it. Without them I wouldn’t have known I was capable of addressing a roomful of people.