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Title: Car Mechanic

Pathway: Engineering & Manufacturing

Available Study Options:
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Study Option

There are currently no other study options available for this course.

What will I study?

Level 1 Diploma in Vehicle Systems Maintenance (City and Guilds) -  Full Time 1 year course

For candidates wanting to develop some of the key skills and understanding in motor vehicle systems. Successful candidates will learn the basic skills needed to apply for an automotive apprenticeship or similar engineering pathway. This qualification covers a variety of automotive related areas including: vehicle engine systems, lubrication systems, fuel systems, vehicle electrical systems, braking systems, steering and suspension systems.

Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Principles (City and Guilds) -  Full Time 1 year course

This course is for anyone interested in starting or developing a career in the motor industry, whether you want to maintain and repair different types of vehicles or fit and replace parts and tyres.

How will I be assessed?

All units will be assessed using both theory exams along with practical assessments that build up into a portfolio that will need to be completed in full to achieve the qualification.

All units will be subject to formative assessments set as milestone targets and must be completed throughout the course. These are Mandatory and must be completed.

If you are 16-18 and have not achieved Maths GCSE and English at grades C/4 or above, you will be required to attend Maths and English lessons. These are mandatory.


What will this lead to?

Level 1 Diploma in Vehicle Systems Maintenance

Allows candidates to progress into employment or to the following City & Guilds qualifications: City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Principles, this may also lead to employment in the automotive industry. 

The Level 1 Automotive qualification could help you get your first job as a tyre fitter. By achieving the higher levels, you could get the skills to start your own tyre fitting service or car valeting business.

Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance& Repair Principles

After completing this course, you will have a qualification that shows employers and customers you have the skills to work in a range of jobs - perhaps in a specialist repair workshop or with vehicle fitting specialists. 

At Level 2 you have already developed a good foundation of skills and knowledge required to become a vehicle service technician and are ready to move to the next level. You could become a Car Valeter, a Light Vehicle/Heavy Vehicle/Motorcycle Service Technician or a FastFit/Tyre Technician. 

At Level 3, you have a great deal of technical skills and knowledge and looking to gain more responsibility by supervising others, running your own business or moving to a diagnostic technician level. You work with minimum supervision and have a good record of safety, fault correction and ensuring work meets the required standard. You could become a Light Vehicle/Heavy Vehicle/Motorcycle Diagnostic Technician or a FastFit Supervisor or run your own business

Entry requirements

Entry Level Courses:

Skills for Life & Work/Preparing for Adulthood

No formal qualifications are required for this course.
These courses are specifically designed for learners with a Special Educational Need (SEND).


Entry Level: Skills & Employability

No formal qualifications are required for this course.

Full Time ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

No formal qualifications are required for this course.

Full Time GCSE Re-sit Study Course

 GCSE Grade 2 or 3 in Maths and English and / or Sciences.

Full Time Level 1 Course

 No formal qualifications are required for this course.

Full Time Level 2 Course

4 GCSEs at grade 3 or Vocational Level 1 in relevant subject area.

*GCSE Grade 4 or above in Maths is required for the courses below:




Full time Level 3 Course

5 GCSEs at Grade 4-9 including English or Maths (Functional Skills Level 2 English or Maths will be accepted).


Vocational Level 2 plus Grade 4-9 GCSE English or Maths (Functional Skills Level 2 English or Maths will be accepted).

*A Vocational Level 2 is required for the following courses:


All Construction Subjects

Hair & Beauty Subjects

Applied Science

T Levels


5 GCSEs at Grade 4-9 including English and Maths (Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths will be accepted).

* Health T Levels require GCSE Grade 4 in Science.


How to apply

You can apply for this programme via the Apply Now button, at the top.

If this course area is available as an apprenticeship, this will show under 'Study Option' on the right-hand side, just below the Apply Now button. You can view all of our apprenticeship vacanices and subjects by clicking the 'Apprenticeships' in the top menu.


If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

  • If you're aged 19 or over, you may be eligible for funding towards your course fees. It will depend on your personal circumstances and will be discussed at enrolment. You will be asked to bring documentation with you when you are invited to enrol.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will get the course for free.
  • If you have any queries please contact us on 0161 785 4039 or email

What happens next?

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.

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