automotive; light vehicle
Level 2 / 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (VCQ)
Level 2: 18 Months & Level 3: 12 - 18 Months
2 & 3

The Automotive Apprenticeship will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to work as a mechanic in the light vehicle industry. There is a constant demand for skilled technicians to repair and service vehicles and continuing advancement in vehicle technology means that technicians need to have strong technological and mechanical skills.

What will I learn?

Examples of Level 2 mandatory units include:

  • Health, Safety and Good Housekeeping
  • Materials, Fabrication, Tools and Measuring Devices
  • Removing/Replacing Light Vehicle Electrical Units and Components
  • Light Vehicle Transmission and Driveline Units
  • Light Vehicle Fuel, Ignition, Air and Exhaust System

Examples of Level 3 mandatory units include:

  • Support for Job Roles in the Automotive Work Environment
  • Diagnosis and Rectification of Vehicle Auxiliary Electrical Faults
  • Diagnosis and Rectification of Light Vehicle Chassis Faults
  • Diagnosing and Rectifying Light Vehicle Engine Faults

How will I be taught?

You will be taught in the workplace but will be based at College one day per week in our purpose built motor vehicle workshop. Lessons will be a 50/50 split between the classroom and the workshop.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through practical observations both in the workplace and at College. You will also complete online tests and be expected to submit job card evidence from your employer.

What can I do next?

Once qualified, you can continue to work in the industry, developing your practical skills and knowledge. There is also a range of career opportunities you could follow such as high-tech diagnostic specialist, workshop or dealership management or even opening your own business.

Is there anything else I need to know?

You will be required to complete assignment work and study outside of college. There will be continuing support outside of the classroom environment through Mycourse and eLearning software. For workshop activities you will need to purchase suitable overalls and work boots. For your projects you will need pens and paper.

Entry Requirements

All Apprenticeships require an initial assessment, interview and employment in the industry. To progress onto Level 3, you will will need a Level 2 qualification and Maths and English at Grade C or above.

If the start date for your course has already passed we may still be able to accommodate you.

Any questions? Just ask!

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