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Level: 2

Location: Johnson Building

Years: 2

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Course Summary

This apprenticeship, leading to a VCQ Level 2, has been designed to meet the needs of individuals working within the motor vehicle repair industry.  It is aimed at those working in the mechanical light vehicle (car) sector.

As well as technical prowess, apprentices will develop confidence, motivation and skills in problem-solving, communication and teamwork.

To support the main programme of study, future progression and life skills, students will also develop their skills in maths, English and ICT.

Entry requirements

You need to be employed within the motor industry - at least 24 hours per week - and you must have previously achieved either a Level 1 qualification in Motor Vehicle Studies or have a GCSE grade C or above in a STEM related subject including; maths, English and Science. Other grades may be considered on an individual basis. You will also be required to sit a mechanical comprehension entrance test.

Course Content

Units for this qualification include:

  • Health, Safety and Good Housekeeping
  • Supporting Job Roles in the Automotive Environment
  • Materials, Fabrication, Tools and Measuring Devices
  • Routine Light Vehicle Maintenance
  • Removing and Replacing Engine Units and Components 
  • Removing and Replacing Electrical Units and Components
  • Removing and Replacing Chassis Units and Components 
  • Removing and Replacing Transmission and Driveline Units and Components
  • Inspecting Light Vehicles Using Prescribed Methods
  • Functional Skills in English and maths
  • ICT Level 1 qualification

How will I be assessed?

Underpinning knowledge will be assessed via online external tests for all the units.  Practical activities are assessed in your place of work using externally set criteria.  Functional Maths, English and ICT are assessed through a controlled assessment. 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need stationery and Personal Protective Equipment, including safety boots and overalls.

What can I do after this course?

With continued employment, you can progress to the IMIAL Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3, subject to assessment and work placement suitability.

Want to know more about life in the Motor Industry?

Why not visit www.autocity.org.uk/world-of-work to find out more.


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Derby College is an IMI recognised employer

Michelle Barratt, IMI Business Development Manager. Left: Matthew Curtis, Motor Vehicle Team Manager Derby College
Michelle Barratt, IMI Business Development Manager. Left: Matthew Curtis, Motor Vehicle Team Manager Derby College

The IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry) Employer Recognition Scheme demonstrates our expertise, knowledge, commitment to ethical conduct and continuing professional development.

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Zubair Hussain

Zubair Hussain

Degree in motorsport engineering puts Zubair on career fast track

When vehicle technician Zubair Hussain enrolled on Derby College's motor vehicle course he had no GCSEs just a love of cars and a willingness to learn.He had missed out on sitting his GCSEs at school but was keen to gain qualifications and train for a job that really interested him.And after achieving levels 1, 2 and 3 over successive years along with maths and English qualifications, Zubair secured a place at the University of Derby.He initially took a foundation degree in Motorsport Engineering before topping it up and graduating 14 months ago with a 2:2 BEng honours degree.Zubair now works as a vehicle technician at Sam Autos, an independent garage in Normanton, Derby,Now he is qualified, Zubair wants to gain as much experience as he can to take him to the next the stage in his career.Zubair would ultimately like his own garage one day and is grateful to Derby College for putting him on the road to a fulfilling and skilled job with great financial prospects.Zubair enjoys mentoring trainee vehicle technicians and advises students on Derby College's motor vehicle course to "work hard and make the most of a great opportunity."He said:

I couldn't believe it. I'd always thought that uni was for clever people and I'd never thought of myself as clever.
"It was my Derby College lecturer Matt Curtis who encouraged me to go and do a degree. Our lecturers were great – just the best. They really wanted us to succeed.

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