West Thames College London

Apprenticeship in Motor Vehicle Mechanics - Intermediate

Vehicle technicians, mechanics and electricians accept calls for help and repair and service the mechanical parts and electrical/electronic circuitry and components of cars, lorries, buses, motorcycles and other motor vehicles, and repair and service car air-conditioning systems.

Other jobs include car and car part sales and working for a vehicle leasing company.

Normal pay for vehicle technicians, mechanics and electricians is £24,336 per year. New workers generally start around £15,000 while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £38,000.

Key course features

Qualification:

  • Level 2 VCQ Diploma in Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (IMI)
  • Level 1 Functional Skills English and maths
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Level: Level 2

Mode: Part-time

Start Date: 01 August 2016

Who is this course for?

This apprenticeship is designed for those 16 years or older with a strong commitment towards gaining the skills and qualifications needed to help progress in a career in motor vehicle maintenance.

About the course

You will study:

Mandatory units:

  • Competency in health, safety and good housekeeping in the automotive environment
  • Knowledge of health, safety and good housekeeping in the automotive environment
  • Competency in supporting job roles in the automotive environment
  • Knowledge of support for job roles in the automotive environment
  • Knowledge of materials, fabrication, tools and measuring devices used in the automotive environment
  • Skills in materials, fabrication, tools and measuring devices used in the automotive environment
  • Competency in routine light vehicle maintenance
  • Knowledge of routine light vehicle maintenance
  • Knowledge of light vehicle engine mechanical, lubrication and cooling system units and components
  • Knowledge of light vehicle fuel, ignition, air and exhaust system units and components
  • Competency in removing and replacing light vehicle engine units and components
  • Competency in removing and replacing light vehicle electrical units and components
  • Knowledge of removing and replacing light vehicle electrical units and components
  • Competency in removing and replacing light vehicle chassis units and components
  • Knowledge of removing and replacing light vehicle chassis units and components
  • Knowledge of removing and replacing light vehicle transmission and driveline units and components.

Optional units:

  • Competency in identifying and agreeing motor vehicle customer service needs
  • Knowledge of how to identify and agree motor vehicle customer service needs
  • Competency in inspecting light vehicles using prescribed methods
  • Knowledge of inspecting light vehicles using prescribed methods
  • Competency in overhauling light vehicle engine mechanical units
  • Knowledge of overhauling light vehicle engine mechanical units
  • Competency in overhauling light vehicle Transmission units
  • Knowledge of overhauling light vehicle Transmission units
  • Competency in overhauling light vehicle steering and suspension units
  • Knowledge of overhauling light vehicle steering and suspension units
  • Competency in removing and replacing light vehicle driveline units and components
  • Competency in removing and fitting basic light vehicle mechanical, electrical and trim (MET) components and non permanently fixed vehicle body panels
  • Knowledge of removing and fitting basic light vehicle mechanical, electrical and trim (MET) components and non permanently fixed vehicle body panels.
You will also complete courses in:
  • Personal learning and thinking skills
  • Mathematics functional skills level 1
  • English functional skills level 1
  • Employment rights and responsibilities.
How will I be assessed?

To successfully complete your Apprenticeship you will need to achieve the following elements:

Competence qualification: Level 2 VCQ Diploma in Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (IMI). You must achieve a minimum of 93 credits from mandatory units and 5 credits from optional units to achieve this qualification. Your assessor will go through these units with you and your employer in more detail and discuss how the credits work so you may achieve your qualification successfully. Your assessor will visit you in the workplace to assess you to ensure you meet the minimum national standards.

Knowledge qualification: Level 2 VCQ Diploma in Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (IMI). Most of the knowledge will be learnt in the classroom in college. Some may also be delivered online and some in the workplace.

Personal learning and thinking skills: Evidence will be collected to show that the following skills have been acquired:

  • Creative thinking
  • Independent enquiry
  • Reflective learning
  • Self-management
  • Teamwork
  • Effective participation.
Transferable skills qualifications:
  • Mathematics Functional Skills Level 2
  • English Functional Skills Level 2

Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
The ERR (Employment Rights and Responsibilities) programme is now covered by the online e-learning found on the Instructus website.

Where next?

Following successful completion of the Intermediate Apprenticeship, candidates may wish to progress to the Advanced Apprenticeship or into full-time employment in the automotive sector. Following further training and development, career pathways may include roles such as diagnostic technician, service adviser or maintenance controller. As an experienced technician, you could carry out MOT tests, convert standard engines to liquid petroleum gas (LPG), customise vehicles, or work on electric and hybrid vehicles.

Entry requirements

For the Intermediate Apprenticeship programme, you should be 16 years or older with a strong commitment towards gaining the skills and qualifications needed to help progress in a career in motor vehicle maintenance. You should be working at least 30 hours per week in a service technician role, such as:

  • Light or heavy service maintenance technician
  • Motorcycle service technician
  • Auto electrical technician
  • Mobile electrical installation technician
  • Heavy vehicle trailer technician
  • Lift truck technician.

Fees
How to apply?

Please view our current live vacancies and apply today.

Alternatively to register your interest in this apprenticeship click on the button below and complete the form.

Soundbite

  1. Nicola Pocock

    Level 2 Motor Vehicle Maintenance

    Nicola Pocock

    "I love learning new skills and meeting people to work with. The teachers are really helpful and supportive. I'm now going to do an Apprenticeship where I'm hoping to learn even more skills."

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