Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair - Level 2
Start Date: 5th September 2022
More about the course
Due to the advancements in automotive technology, the industry requires technicians who can work with complex electrical, hybrid and alternative fuel systems. This Vehicle Maintenance and Repair course teaches you the fundamental service and repair techniques found in the modern automotive industry.
This automotive course is perfect if you have a keen interest in cars, like to fault-find and enjoy the challenge of fixing and understanding how things work.
You will be taught at our Automotive Academy by experienced technicians and will become skilled in using electrical multi-meters, Snap-on diagnostics, computerised steering geometry and wheel balancing equipment.
- 4 GCSEs at grade 3 or above including English and maths
- Level 1 automotive qualification
Before starting the course you will meet the teaching team and take a basic test to ensure the course is right for you.
What will I achieve?
On successful completion of this course you will gain either:
- Level 2 City and Guilds Certificate in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair
- Level 2 City and Guilds Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair
The qualification you achieve will depend on your entry grades.
What will I learn?
- Vehicle servicing
- Vehicle inspection
- Health and safety
- Fabrication skills
- Routine light vehicle maintenance
- Inspection light vehicles
- Engine systems
- Chassis systems
- Transmission and electrics systems
How is the course taught?
- Traditional classroom teaching
- Online learning modules
- Group work
- Practical demonstrations
- Group activities
- Workplace visits
How am I assessed?
- Practical assessments
- Synoptic observation assessments
Work experience opportunities
Newcastle College Automotive Academy holds an annual industry week where local automotive garages and dealerships work with students, setting practical tasks and sharing insights into the automotive industry. Industry week is a fantastic way for you to understand the automotive industry whilst also showcasing your skills to local automotive employers.
English and Maths
If you do not hold English and/or maths GCSEs at grade 4 or above, you will be supported with dedicated lessons to help you achieve English and maths qualifications.
Automotive technicians need core English and maths skills to be able to provide estimates and invoices, align steering and mix quantities of paint for refinishing.
Where can I progress?
You can progress to a suitable Level 3 automotive or engineering course when you successfully complete your studies or pursue apprenticeship opportunities.
If you are aged 16-18 when you begin your course you are likely to be eligible for free tuition. Detailed information can be found within the financial support section.
If you are aged 19+ the cost of the course will depend on your circumstances. Our support pages can help you determine your suitability.
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What can I do with a qualification in Automotive?
Vehicle technicians, mechanics and electricians
- Repairs and services air conditioning, heating and engine-cooling systems.
- Installs additional electrical amenities such as radio/CD players, aerials.
- Checks condition of electrical/electronic systems and carries out servicing tasks.
- Diagnoses faults in electrical/electronic circuitry, removes faulty components and fits replacements.
- Carries out routine maintenance checks on oil and air filters, brakes and other vehicle parts/systems.
- Reassembles, tests, adjusts and tunes the appropriate parts, systems or entire engine.
- Removes, dismantles, repairs and replaces defective parts and prepares new parts using appropriate tools.
- Visually checks, test drives or uses test equipment to diagnose engine and mechanical faults.
Median Salary£25,953 View more
Vehicle body builders and repairers
- Positions, secures and repairs external fittings including windows, doors, door handles, catches and roof attachments.
- Installs and repairs interior fittings including seats, seatbelts and fascia in cars, sinks and special features in caravans and mobile shops.
- Hammers out dents in bodywork, fills in small depressions or corroded areas in solder, plastic or other filler compound and replaces body panels using hand and power tools.
- Repairs damage to chassis and engine mountings using hydraulic rams, jacks and jigs.
- Selects, cuts, shapes and assembles materials to form parts of vehicle underframe, framework and body.
- Diagnoses job requirements or ascertains work specifications from drawings or instructions.
Median Salary£24,160 View more
Care Workers and Home Carers
- Liaises with professional staff in carrying out care plans etc.
- Monitors service users.
- Undertakes light cleaning and domestic duties including meal preparation as required.
- Helps with daily activities such as letter writing, paying bills, collecting benefits.
- Provides interest and activities to stimulate and engage the service user.
- Generally assists with service users.
- Serves meals to service users at table or in bed, and assists with feeding if required.
- Assists and enables service users to dress, undress, wash, use the toilet and bathe.
Median Salary£19,742 View more
Vehicle and Parts Salespersons and Advisers
- Orders new supplies, arranges storage and updates stock records.
- Organises delivery of parts and handles payment.
- Obtains parts from store or orders from suppliers.
- Receives orders for parts by phone, email or in person and checks availability on stock record.
- Updates stock record, orders new vehicles from manufacturer, buys in used cars.
- Carries out pre-delivery inspection and formal hand-over of vehicle to customer.
- Negotiates sale price including any ‘trade-in’ and extra accessories, works out finance arrangements and completes sales paperwork.
- Discusses customer.