Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair

Qualification: Diploma
Level 2

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About this course

This motor vehicle course enables you to learn, develop and practice the skills required for employment and/or career progression within this evolving sector.

The first year of this course will provide you with an introduction to motor vehicle and engineering principles including the identification and operation of vehicle components. In the second year you will specialise in motor vehicle learning about the identification, operation, dismantling and reassembly of advanced components

It covers the skills and knowledge necessary for progression into light and/or heavy vehicle (truck and bus) maintenance and repair either full-time or as an apprentice.

Full-time students aged 16-18 will follow a study programme at City College which includes:

  • The main subject qualification
  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A*-C/9-4 in these subjects by age 16
  • Additional activities, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals

These four elements should combine to provide stretch and challenge to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

What you will learn

Year 1

  • Spark and compression ignition engine systems, components and operational principles
  • Vehicle steering, braking and suspension system components and maintenance
  • Vehicle wheel and tyre construction inspection methods and legalities
  • Vehicle exhaust systems components and maintenance
  • Foundation level vehicle electric systems testing
  • Health, safety and good housekeeping
  • Training with tools, equipment and materials

Year 2

  • Air fuel and exhaust systems
  • Use of materials, tools and measuring devices including tool fabrication
  • Light vehicle engine mechanical, lubrication, cooling systems, fuel and emissions systems
  • Light vehicle chassis and electrical units, components and testing
  • Introduction to light vehicle transmission system components and operation
  • Health, safety and good housekeeping

If you successfully complete the first year of study you will gain a level 1 Diploma qualification which will enable you to progress to year 2 of this course, transfer to level 2 Marine Technology or the second year of Engineering Technologies.



Learn in our large purpose built motor vehicle workshop equipped with the latest diagnostic testing and repair facilities. At City College it’s not just about cars – a range of commercial and heavy goods vehicles are also available to practise on.


Motor Vehicle Level 2 Assessment

Entry requirements

Direct Entry to year 2

  • 4 GCSEs grade A*–D/9–3 (including English and maths, science and IT also preferred) OR
  • Level 1 Motor Vehicle (including level 1 English and maths functional skills)

Entry to year 1

  • GCSEs grade D/3 or below OR
  • Level 1 in English and maths

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto this course.

Dates, times & fees
Start Date Course Times Duration Campus Fees
02/09/19 1 or 2 years Main campus
What next?
  • Level 3 Diploma in Light Motor Vehicle
  • Apprenticeship in Motor Vehicle
  • Enter employment in the motor vehicle industry
Additional information

Trips, visits & activities

  • Guest speakers
  • Work experience
  • Industry week activities