The automotive industry is constantly innovating with hybrid technology, electric vehicles and improvements such as assisted parking, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections, sat nav, cameras and sensors all becoming standard features. In order to be successful in this industry you’ll need to know the basics before you progress to advanced level diagnostics and this course is your first step in understanding light vehicles (cars and vans) and how they operate.
Units of Study: Light vehicle construction and routine maintenance; Operating principles of light vehicle engines, tyres, brakes, steering, suspension and systems; Operating principles and maintenance of light vehicle transmission systems and electrical and electronic systems; Health and safety; and Customer service skills.
You’ll start by developing your background knowledge on vehicle components and operating systems and then progress to the Real Work Environment where you will find cars, diagnostic equipment and the tools you need to develop your practical skills and experience.
You will complete projects to show your skills and this will be part of your assessment. You will also complete practical tasks in the workshop, assignments and online multiple choice tests.
This qualification along with a successful progression interview allows progression to the Level 2 course. You may also consider the Level 2 in Motorsports or if you would like to start working in the industry you could apply for an Apprenticeship. On this course you will develop the essential knowledge for a career as an automotive technician or service technician working on light vehicles in all types of garages, dealerships and maintenance workshops.
For workshop activities you will need to purchase suitable overalls and work boots.
Automotive students can take part in the organisation and safety of live Autosolo events. These are held at the weekends at our Fulwood Campus and other local venues.
You’ll need a profile of mainly grade 2s (Es) or above at GCSE including English Language and maths. You will be asked to attend an interview to evaluate your suitability for the course.