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Level: 2

Location: Johnson Building

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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)

Entry requirements

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.

Course Content

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:                                                                  1exhaust components.                                                                              2.vehicle batteries and related components.                                            3.suspension dampers and springs.                                                          4.braking systems and components

How will I be assessed?

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.

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?

Further Study

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.

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This course is run at the Johnson Building

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Zubair Hussain

Zubair Hussain

Degree in motorsport engineering puts Zubair on career fast track

When vehicle technician Zubair Hussain enrolled on Derby College's motor vehicle course he had no GCSEs just a love of cars and a willingness to learn. He had missed out on sitting his GCSEs at school but was keen to gain qualifications and train for a job that really interested him.
And after achieving levels 1, 2 and 3 over successive years along with maths and English qualifications, Zubair secured a place at the University of Derby. He initially took a foundation degree in Motorsport Engineering before topping it up and graduating 14 months ago with a 2:2 BEng honours degree.
Zubair now works as a vehicle technician at Sam Autos, an independent garage in Normanton, Derby,Now he is qualified, Zubair wants to gain as much experience as he can to take him to the next the stage in his career .Zubair would ultimately like his own garage one day and is grateful to Derby College for putting him on the road to a fulfilling and skilled job with great financial prospects.Zubair enjoys mentoring trainee vehicle technicians and advises students on Derby College's motor vehicle course to "work hard and make the most of a great opportunity."He said:

I couldn't believe it. I'd always thought that uni was for clever people and I'd never thought of myself as clever.
"It was my Derby College lecturer Matt Curtis who encouraged me to go and do a degree. Our lecturers were great – just the best. They really wanted us to succeed.


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