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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.

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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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