Available to those already working and qualified as a Light Vehicle (Car)Technician, this VRQ is for those responsible for maintaining hybrid vehicles and the hybrid system itself. It contains the knowledge and skills required to work safely in and around the vehicle's hybrid system.
You must already be qualified as a Light Vehicle (Car) Technician/Mechanic and have at least three years' experience since completing an apprenticeship.
This course includes the following units:
•Electric/hybrid vehicle system components and operations
•Hazards surrounding electric/hybrid vehicles
•How to reduce the risk to yourself and others when working on electric/hybrid vehicles
•Safely preparing the vehicle when carrying out routine maintenance (NOT high voltage components or systems)
The theory element of this course will be delivered during the initial weeks of the course, leading to the online exam.
Your practical assessment will take place on completion of the online exam. You will be issued with an individual appointment time for this. You do not need to attend during these later weeks other than for your assessment appointment.
Underpinning knowledge will be assessed via online external tests for all units. Practical activities are assessed in our centre using externally set criteria.
You will need stationery and Personal Protective Equipment, including safety boots and overalls.
Successful completion of this Level 2 programme can lead to the more advanced Level 3 programme.
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.