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.
Opening his own garage is a dream come true for former Derby College motor vehicle student Tommy Featherstone.
Tommy, who has been passionate about cars since childhood, completed levels 2 and 3 in motor vehicle maintenance at the Roundhouse a few years ago.
Now 29, he recently opened Tommy’s Motors in Shardlow – his own automotive business selling cars, repairing them and carrying out MOT tests.
Tommy’s love of cars began when, as young boy, he’d spend hours watch his dad fixing them. As he got older, he learned how to do repairs himself, and when he was just 15, his parents gave him £100 to buy a VW Polo to restore.
After leaving school in 2009 with A levels in business and economics, Tommy looked for a Motor Vehicle apprenticeship but struggled to find one due to the recession.
He said: "I had various jobs at garages – not all of them great. That’s when I thought I’d be better off going to college full-time and getting my Motor Vehicle qualifications so I could open my own garage and work for myself. I enrolled at Derby College to take level 2 in Motor Vehicle Maintenance, then moved on to level 3. What I learned at college was really useful. It helped to shape the direction I’ve taken.”
Tommy enjoyed the course and liked the hands-on aspect of working on cars.
He added: “We had the opportunity to work on customers’ cars in the Johnson Building and I was asked to do this a few times so the lecturers must have thought I was fairly competent!
“Also, having level 2 and 3 qualifications helped a lot when I was applying to become a qualified MOT tester.”
I had various jobs at garages – not all of them great. That’s when I thought I’d be better off going to college full-time and getting my Motor Vehicle qualifications so I could open my own garage and work for myself. I enrolled at Derby College to take level 2 in Motor Vehicle Maintenance, then moved on to level 3. What I learned at college was really useful. It helped to shape the direction I’ve taken.