Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair

Qualification: Diploma
Level 2

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About the 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. 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

  • Motor vehicle maintenance
  • Cycle maintenance
  • Health and safety
  • Welding
  • Machining
  • Cutting, forming and assembling
  • Working in engineering technologies
  • Maths and science in engineering

Year 2

  • Health and safety for motor vehicle
  • Materials, fabrication, tools and measuring devices
  • Job roles in motor vehicle
  • Routine light vehicle maintenance
  • Engine mechanical, lubrication and cooling system units and components
  • Fuel, ignition, air and exhaust systems
  • Removing and replacing chassis and electrical units and components

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.


75% coursework / practical
25% exam

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
03/09/18 1 or 2 years Main
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