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Level: 1

Location: Johnson Building

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This Level 1 Certificate course is aimed at school and college leavers who wish to join the automotive industry.   It is also valuable for individuals keen to develop occupational knowledge and to undertake practical tasks.

Learners will also develop their skills in Maths and English, through either Functional Skills or GCSE studies, which will support their main programme of study to help their future progression and enhance their life skills.

Entry requirements

You must have already completed an Entry Level 3 course in Light Vehicle Repair or a related Engineering subject and/or have achieved GCSEs in Maths and English at grades 4 to 2, and Science at grades C to E (with only one grade 4 in either Maths or English). You will also be required to sit a mechanical comprehension entrance test.

If you have achieved GCSE grade C in BOTH Maths and English, please refer to the Intermediate Diploma.

Course Content

You will study:

  • Health and Safety
  • Tools, Equipment and Maintenance
  • Spark Ignition Systems
  • Liquid Cooling and Lubrication Systems
  • Braking Systems
  • Routine Vehicle Maintenance
  • Wheels and Tyres
  • Exhaust Systems
  • Electrical Foundation Skills
  • Welding Skills
  • Motor Industry
  • English (Functional Skills or GCSE resit)
  • Maths (Functional Skills or GCSE resit)
  • A minimum of five days work experience in a motor vehicle environment

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. Maths and English will be assessed through a final exam in both Functional Skills and GCSE formats.

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 workshop. A £40 fee will also be required for overalls, sweatshirts and T-shirts.

What can I do after this course?

Subject to achieving this qualification, an exemplary attendance record and the required screening outcomes in Maths and English, you can progress to the Level 2 Subsidiary Diploma in Light Vehicle (Car) Maintenance and Repair, the Level 2 Full Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (if GCSE grade C is achieved in both Maths and English) or to a Level 2 Light Vehicle apprenticeship if you are employed in the automotive industry as a vehicle technician.

Want to know more about life in the motor industry? Why not visit www.autocity.org.uk/world-of-work for an introduction?

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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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