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Location: Johnson Building

Years: 1

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Course Summary

This Entry Level Three course is designed for those wishing to start their journey in light vehicle maintenance and repair with a view to embarking on a potential career in the motor industry. It is designed for school and college leavers who wish to take their first steps with a practical Motor Vehicle qualification but who still need to improve their English and maths.

Alongside the Motor Vehicle qualification, learners will work towards achieving their Functional Skills in Maths and English, as well as learning about the behaviours and skills sets required to progress within the motor industry and to support and enhance their life skills.

Entry requirements

You must have a passion for motor vehicles and an interest in mechanical components. You shoud also be willing to develop yourself futher and learn new skills.

An initial assessment will support your learning journey and will allow us to target areas for your development.

Course Content

You will study:

  • Health and safety awareness
  • Motor vehicle tools and equipment
  • Remove and replace a vehicle road wheel
  • Check and maintain car tyre pressures and tread
  • Routine braking system checks
  • Check and maintain vehicle fluid levels
  • Principles of engine components and operations
  • Introduction to vehicle exhaust systems
  • Routine light vehicle checks
  • Introduction to customer care
  • English (Functional Skills)
  • Maths (Functional Skills)
  • A minimum of five days' work experience in a motor vehicle environment

How will I be assessed?

Practical activities are assessed in our centre using externally set criteria.  Maths and English will be assessed through a final exam for Functional Skills.

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?

Students who complete this qualification and demonstrate the positive behaviours required could progress to our Level 1 programme in Motor Vehicle studies.


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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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