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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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Sukjevan Dhindsa

Sukjevan Dhindsa

Motor Vehicle apprentice Jeeves on road to becoming Master Technician

Former Derby College motor vehicle student Sukjevan Dhindsa intends to go as far as he possibly can in his career as a motor technician. Sukjevan – or Jeeves as he is better known to his friends – is aiming to become a Master Technician after being taken on as an apprentice with VW Parkway in Derby. Jeeves who is 17 and from Sinfin, was offered the apprenticeship while on work placement as part of his full-time Motor Vehicle course with Derby College.
He joined VW Parkway in August and will shortly be embarking on VW's own apprenticeship training scheme at Milton Keynes. Once qualified Jeeves would like to work towards every certificate on offer via VW until he becomes a Master Technician. It is the highest level attainable and a qualification which demonstrates diagnostics expertise in areas which include electrical systems, engine performance, heating and air conditioning and engine repair.
Jeeves is settling in well in his new role and is enjoying learning new things every day. He particularly likes working with engines and diagnostics and has found the experienced technicians at the dealership to be approachable and helpful. Jeeves loved his time at Derby College and was impressed by both the theoretical and practical teaching he received there. He said:

I would definitely recommend my college course. My message to potential students would be to go along to the induction days and enrolment days and find out all you can about the course that interests you. I wouldn't be where I am now without Derby College.


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